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i have been spending the past few days trying to find a good motherboard. My efforts have been futile. I want something that will last and is stable. I have my eyes set on the intel microatx board but then i can't overclock on that. I looked into asus, gigabyte, asrock but the negative reviews turn me off.
I always hear the board being doa or defective. The usb port failing after 90 days or a pcie, sata slot going bad. I just don't want to deal with the headache of rmaing or the cpu pins being bent. I certainly don't want to be out of a motherboard and my money. Anyway, i guess these are common concerns for buyers but its still stopping me from making a decision.
anyway, what do you guys recommend in terms of stability, longetivity? I want something that lasts 4-5 years.
post #2 of 23
uhm, everyone will have negative reviews, nothing/no one is perfect.

what is your budget? i will recommend asus maximus v gene if you want matx.
post #3 of 23
The problem is, people who are unsatisfied moan the loudest. Look at anything on the internet and you can pretty much bet someone will start a thread if they feel wronged, they usually go off at the deep too. There are far fewer "I just wanted to make a thread because [product] is awesome" posts. The internet is everybodys soapbox wink.gif

You are much better off using trusted review sites smile.gif
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Yeah, working in retail I've seen lots of things. Most of the people posting got (un)lucky. There are a heck of a lot more people that get it that don't post than who do. I would try considering buying one as if you expect it to be fine when it arrives, and just looking at the feature set. Get what you need. Take a look at the reviews to see if there are ALOT of COMMON issues with it, and if not, go for it. Motherboard makers also release different revisions of the same board, so one that has been out for awhile may have a better version. Just keep that in mind,


And you will not find a new mobo with bent pins.
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Anyone recommend a good motherboard for under 180?
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Gigabyte Z77X-D3H.

Take a look at Sin's review:
http://www.overclock.net/t/1252290/z77x-ud3h-review-and-oc-testing-circuit-analysis-ln2-runs-efficiency-comparison/0_20

That's the UD3H, the same but with onboard buttons+voltage read points and 2oz Copper PCB.
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I'm not likeing the negativity around the board. It seems to have usb issues
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I'm not likeing the negativity around the board. It seems to have usb issues

Never heard about this. Every single model of motherboard can have faulty samples through, product with 0 failures doesn't exists you know. That said manufacturers like Gigabyte are those who have the lowest RMA rates.

Can you be more specific?
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think of it this way. who writes reviews? most people get it and thats it. they wont go back to newegg and be all "ITS AMAZING" most people dont. most people dont care or think the time to do so is worth doing it. the people you get who write reviews that are negative say dumb things. "it came DOA" all boards can come doa. a problem with a board is something like "the socket type is 1155 but for some reason my backplates dont line up right
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I'm just worried about rmaing a board or the components failing
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