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I've finally pulled the trigger on a CPU. I went with the Haswell i5-4570 (got best buy to price match microcenter thumb.gif). Anyway, I need some opinions on motherboards. In the past I have built two Biostars and 1 AsRock.

Requirements:
USB 3.0
HDMI
Sata 6gbs
Raid Support
ATX Size
8-pin power connector.

I've been looking at the ATX H87 boards, as I can't overclock my cpu, so the Z-series is not needed. I would like to keep the price less than $130

I have been considering this AsRock board
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157378

I think I mainly like the way it looks (lol).

Anyway, I can't decide what brand to look at!

Gah someone save me from myself.




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I currently have a gigabyte and its very solid hardware. However right now I would buy Asus. Everyone I run across seems to have an asus board and they're much better with BIOS and firmware related stuff. Also most of the guides are geared towards asus BIOS and most of the veterans running my processor are running them, hence tips and pointers they give me usually take some translating/puzzle solving.

I kind of enjoy the challenge and I really enjoy offering support to users who wouldn't get much gigabyte to gigabyte assistance.

But if I was devoting so much time to help beta test and translating settings, who knows what I would have figured out on my own rig.

First thing I would so is see what the guys running your processor are running, read the stickies, watch for the veterans posting, etc.

Just for reference I'm running a different chip than you, I'm running an i7 3820 but felt it could still be helpful information.
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The MSI H87-G43 hits all your points plus the MSI boards are great and if any support is needed their support is far better than others that I have needed over the years. The bios on this board would be very nice to work with as with other current MSI boards. Well those are my reasons for that suggestion - as well as the pricepoint mirroring the one you posted.
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That board looks good, anyone have any input on the gigabyte vs Asus vs msi ?
    
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Originally Posted by DEEPfrom1 View Post

That board looks good, anyone have any input on the gigabyte vs Asus vs msi ?

Could you post some specific models of gigabyte and Asus you're considering?
post #6 of 17
Gigabyte GA-H87-D3H this dose all you want +its only $105 and it also looks real nice too:devil:
Edited by davcc22 - 9/8/13 at 4:49am
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Biostar Hi-Fi z87 yessir.gif:
Full-featured board @ budget price wink.gif
I'm running RAID ..sound is great! thumb.gif
has onboard video,lucid, dah.. I never use that stuff biggrin.gif
2 8x gpu slots 1 4x..no PLX but hey..price is right biggrin.gif
Edited by Schmuckley - 9/8/13 at 6:03am
 
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Originally Posted by Schmuckley View Post

Biostar Hi-Fi z87 yessir.gif:
Full-featured board @ budget price wink.gif
I'm running RAID ..sound is great! thumb.gif
has onboard video,lucid, dah.. I never use that stuff biggrin.gif
2 8x gpu slots 1 4x..no PLX but hey..price is right biggrin.gif

This. At ~$100 there isn't anything better although it's strange that Biostar doesn't list SLI support with any of their Z87 boards even though few of them have x8/x8 configuration.
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post #9 of 17
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I kind of like the AsRock fatality over the bio-star, the hdmi in and out is pretty neat.

Here is what I am looking at now.

AsRock Fatality $99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157378

AsRock H87-PRO4 $87.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157383

GIGABYTE GA-H87-D3H $104.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128603

Asus H87-PLUS $109.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131985

MSI H87-g43 $99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130697

MSI Z87-G41 PC Mate 109.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130695

Does the Biostar reliability compare to the above?
    
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Biostar from what ii have read is a pretty good budget mobo maker
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