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Hi guys, so I am upgrading to Haswell.

My nearest Microcenter has these motherboards for sale:

http://www.microcenter.com/search/search_results.aspx?N=4294966996+4294963449+4294938825+4294910772&NTX=&NTT=&NTK=all&sortby=pricelow

I am having an extremely hard time deciding which motherboard to choose. The main thing I really want is SLI at PCIE3 at 16x on both rails, I am weary of getting 8x-8x because wouldn't that be the same as PCI-Express 2 @16 each? I also want the best value in OC headroom per cost and thunderbolt would be nice just to have. I think I'm safe on the USB3 and SATA-6 headers?

I seem to reasonably have it down to the ASUS Z87-A, the MSI Z87-G45, and even the ASRock Extreme4, but I have a bad feeling I may be compromising. I am leaning towards the Z87-A though.
Edited by Slickshooter - 6/2/13 at 10:27am
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Hi guys, so I am upgrading to Haswell.

My nearest Microcenter has these motherboards for sale:

http://www.microcenter.com/search/search_results.aspx?N...

I am having an extremely hard time deciding which motherboard to choose. The main thing I really want is SLI at PCIE3 at 16x on both rails, I am weary of getting 8x-8x because wouldn't that be the same as PCI-Express 2 @16 each? I also want the best value in OC headroom per cost and thunderbolt would be nice just to have. I think I'm safe on the USB3 and SATA-6 headers?

I seem to reasonably have it down to the ASUS Z87-A, the MSI Z87-G45, and even the ASRock Extreme4, but I have a bad feeling I may be compromising. I am leaning towards the Z87-A though.

Your link does not work right i get nothing
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Your link does not work right i get nothing

Oh wow that's weird. Fixed it.
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You dont need 16x PCI-E 3.0 even the new video cards dont max out the old PCI-E 2.0 so you can pick pretty much the board you like best
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None of these boards support X16/X16. For Haswell, PLX board seem to be really expensive. And other boards got a serious price bump... for no reason except R&D.

Asus seems to be the only one who kept the prices on the same level.
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Wow really? I think the that settles it for me. With the pricegouging Microcenter is doing on the motherboards, tax, USB 3 bug, and uncertain capability of the Haswell chips, I think I'm going to wait for a better Ivy deal or consistent Haswell reviews.

*** I've been desktop less for two months. I actually went and bought the PS3 Mass Effect trilogy yesterday even though I have it on PC. I AM DYING AHHHH mad.gif
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I just got back from microcenter and got an i7 4770k, haven't done anything with it yet but look in the box at the stuff ( have RAM, an ssd, and new watercooling tubing coming in this week). I got there and was somewhat surprised that the prices were higher than usual and I also noticed the gouging on the motherboards but they give you $40 off if you get the mobo and CPU there so that pretty much dropped the motherboard prices back in line with whats on newegg and such. Paid 215 for a msi z87-GD65, what really bothered me was the prices on the Gigabyte motherboards as the UD3H was like 180 and the UD4H was $230!!!! I really wanted to get a gigabyte motherboard but after seeing the features on the msi i went with it(hopefully i don't end up regreting my decision).
Also they sold me the 4770k for 280 which was a bit more than i expected knowing what they usually ask for they're processors. Got a shirt though for being one of the first 10 to by haswell(pretty sure i was like the first one).
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Wow really? I think the that settles it for me. With the pricegouging Microcenter is doing on the motherboards, tax, USB 3 bug, and uncertain capability of the Haswell chips, I think I'm going to wait for a better Ivy deal or consistent Haswell reviews.

*** I've been desktop less for two months. I actually went and bought the PS3 Mass Effect trilogy yesterday even though I have it on PC. I AM DYING AHHHH mad.gif

There is really almost no benefit from X16/X16 in most of the cases. Don't worry about that.

Here is an old review from last year. Even X4 3.0 handles it good.
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There is really almost no benefit from X16/X16 in most of the cases. Don't worry about that.

Here is an old review from last year. Even X4 3.0 handles it good.

Okay, that makes me a feel a lot better, especially because I'll probably be upgrading my aging 560ti sometime after the new AMD's hit and won't upgrade for another 2-3 years. I think I actually might go with a higher end Ivy Bridge board now if Microcenter drops prices, but the lower end Haswell boards offer so much. I'm not sure. Any suggestions?

I'm trying to restrict my budget to below $300 with any i7 board and chip combined, but extended that to $400-450 just to splurge on future-proofing. I'm sure that $100+ can be put to much better use though.
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I'd say you'll need $350 in either case. 3570K or 4670K + $150 motherboard.

In case of LGA1155 - GA-Z77X-D3H/UD3H, Z77A-GD55/GD65. Also Z77 Extreme6.

For LGA1150 too early to tell what's good or not... Maybe Z87 Extreme3/4, Z87-A, GA-Z87X-D3H.
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