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I realize a 3570k is overkill for a media center but I have a spare one, that being said I have a few motherboards to choose between and I'm not sure what to do.


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131965 -- ASUS Z77-A ($69.99 after rebate)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131837 -- ASUS p8Z77-V LK ($99.99 after rebate)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128582 -- Gigabyte GA-Z77-HD3 ($59.99 after rebate $10 promo code)


These are just the ones i've seen in the newegg black friday ad.


I DON'T LIVE NEAR A MICRO CENTER mad.gif
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i've heard the p8 is a solid board. I can't remember where but someone was praising it.
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i've heard the p8 is a solid board. I can't remember where but someone was praising it.


Yea i've seen a bunch of people with it on here, I'm thinking i'll just go for that one as it is 30.00$ off and 100$ aint bad for a solid mobo.

Good thing about it too, being an asus rebate it is good till 12/1 so I can wait out black friday and see if any better deals come along.
Edited by HardwareDecoder - 11/27/13 at 6:04pm
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Yea i've seen a bunch of people with it on here, I'm thinking i'll just go for that one as it is 30.00$ off and 100$ aint bad for a solid mobo.

Good thing about it too, being an asus rebate it is good till 12/1 so I can wait out black friday and see if any better deals come along.

now's the perfect time. deals ftw thumb.gif
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Why do you want ATX board for HTPC?
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Why do you want ATX board for HTPC?

I'm not fond of working in small cases and I've always wanted a fractal case. Saw an Arc Midi R2 today on sale for 50$ and got it for 45$ with a promo code.

+ I have about 6 hard drives to put in.
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post #7 of 9
OK. I would personally get Fractal Design Node 304 (can fit 6 HDDs too) for $55, and cheapest Mini ITX with WiFi for HTPC, and it doesn't look too bad for building. Of course, if you're going to change parts often it might be a hassle.

Otherwise, yea LK offers the most from these. Depending on your needs though the only main disadvantage of A is lack of SLI support. You can also pay a bit more for MSI Z77A-GD55 for better VRM.

HD3 is a very basic board, but they use good components.
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the gigabyte board has VIA audio.... that scares me a bit
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