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Hey guys

Haven't posted on OCN in ages, great to be back and reading this forum again! I'm set on the CPU which is the Ivy Bridge i5 3570k. I have $150< to spend on a motherboard. Any suggestions? I currently have 4x2gb DDR3 1333MHz RAM as well.


I was thinking about this motherboard to get http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293

thoughts?
Edited by nitric0 - 6/19/13 at 8:11pm
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DO NOT buy that board. That is the worst thing you can buy for the price since it uses ancient D-PAK mosfets. It's worse than a $100 ASUS mobo.

Suggestions: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-Ud3h , by this late in the product life cycle you should be able to get a GA-Z77X-UD5H/GA-Z77X-UP4 TH/GA-Z77X-UP5 TH , even ASUS Z77-V Pro
* the ASUS P8Z77-V LE PLUS (http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-P8Z77-V-PLUS-Intel-Motherboard/dp/B0082JRACM/) may be decent but there have not been any In depth reviews, it lacks Fan Xpert 2 which is the main draw of Pz877-v and above

If you insist on AsRock go with an Extreme6 (or OC Formula), do note that due to analog VRM it will underreport V_core sometimes

Ivy Bridge makes uses of 1600Mhz DDR3, so you'd be gimping yourself a bit

read http://sinhardware.com/images/vrm.jpg
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The simplest recommendation would be to get the Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H.
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