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does anybody know any good motherboards that support Ivy Bridge? (they don't have to be Z77, i can be cheap and go with an old version like B75 or something and update the BIOS)

same question for a new GPU, anybody have any suggestions about buying a new GPU at the moment? my idea was to wait until after AMDs rebuttle to the GTX 7xx series so prices go down, then pick up a good medium range card.

the story is, yesterday i came home from a trip to Austin for awhile and find my new Zalman VF3000f cooler waiting for me with the artic silver i even ordered! my GTX 480 was ready for a new cooler.
aaand 8 hours later it still refused to boot into anything but a black screen after installing the new cooler. from there, i thought it might be my mobo so i tried to use my Sabertooth Z77 to test and ended up bending 3-5 pins inside it while putting the CPU in. so i'm out a motherboard (for an Ivy Bridge CPU), and a GPU. right now i'm running off an old HD 5870 and a Phenom II X6 1035t until i can figure out what to do. i'm fine with the HD 5870, but the older CPU is really bothering me.

given budget, $200 max
things i'd like; at least 2 16x PCI 2/3 slots for future SLI/CFX potential,
reasonable quality (doesn't have to be something insane just so long as it works without quirks and major failures i'm fine),
not micro-ATX for the love of good. i didn't buy a full size tower case to use a micro-atx board.
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Are you overclocking?

If not, just get a H77 board with a 650TI Boost or a 7790 if you can find the cheap, if not, a 7770 will do
     
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Originally Posted by PedroC1999 View Post

Are you overclocking?

If not, just get a H77 board with a 650TI Boost or a 7790 if you can find the cheap, if not, a 7770 will do

The problem with your suggestion is that OP wants to protect his options for SLI, and that by definition requires a Z77.
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Then he may need to step down to a 7750, as the price gets you hard then.

I suggest look on eBay for some deals
     
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Why not get the pins repaired on the z77 ? I had Asus repair bent pins for 15$ US .
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