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Hey all, I hope asking for preferences doesn't violate the forum rules. Tried my best to go through the stickies before posting and look over the posts others have made, but I'm still stuck on choosing a solid mobo. Any and all advice would be greatly appreciated, and if there's a guide I overlooked (other than the specific guide page in the sticky of this section) please point me to it, thanks!

Two of my friends built rigs recently and I'm in between the two of them, save that they built theirs a year or so ago and so have i7 920's whereas I'm going with a 950.

Specs of things I've narrowed down / chosen:
Case: Antec Nine Hundred Two
PSU: Corsair CMPSU-750TX (750W)
CPU: Intel i7 950
Heatsink: Prolimatech Megahalem heatsink
RAM: Corsair Dominator 6GB 3x2

Right now I'm trying to pick out a mobo (and GPU, but I'll leave that to a different thread ) My one friend recommended Gigabyte, my other friend has an EVGA and says they're solid as well. I've looked over the reviews on Newegg and similar however and no one motherboard seems to be clear of "DOA"s and "Well, part X needed to be shaved down/wouldn't fit" / "Can't use this slot!" I know the Megahalem is a bit of a beast, so that's a big consideration.

I'm not looking to overclock it too heavily at first at least, was thinking of trying to get it up to 3.8 GHz (which should be easy?) and then maybe later trying to push to 4.2 GHz. My Gigabyte wielding friend says his mobo has far more OCing options than the EVGA friend; however the EVGA friend says his mobo has more than enough options for basic OCing (bclk, vcore, etc.)

Any suggestions? I was going to try to aim for $200 but could go higher if the quality is there Thanks!
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Good luck with which ever MB you end up with.

There's a chance of getting a defective board no matter which brand you choose. Every brand, and model has strong points, and not so strong. The goal is to end up with the one that suits your needs best. As far as peoples preferences, there are as many preferences as there are boards. That's also why so many people have different MB's.

I know this post isn't much help, but everyone faces the same question at one time or another. If there was one motherboard that stood out among the rest, it would probably be one of the most expensive, and you've already sort of ruled that out.

I'd just cross my fingers and get the one I liked best, and not worry too much about my choice. BTW, I picked an Asus P6X58D-E a few weeks ago (at just over $200).

Welcome to the OCN!
Edited by denydog - 1/2/11 at 10:53pm
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Crucial C300 64GB - WD Black 1 TB SATA III (X2) Win 7 Pro X64 Corsair HX850 Corsair 600T 
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Originally Posted by denydog View Post
Good luck with which ever MB you end up with.

There's a chance of getting a defective board no matter which brand you choose. Every brand, and model has strong points, and not so strong. The goal is to end up with the one that suits your needs best. As far as peoples preferences, there are as many preferences as there are boards. That's also why so many people have different MB's.

I know this post isn't much help, but everyone faces the same question at one time or another. If there was one motherboard that stood out among the rest, it would probably be one of the most expensive, and you've already sort of ruled that out.

I'd just cross my fingers and get the one I liked best, and not worry too much about my choice. BTW, I picked an Asus P6X58D-E a few weeks ago (at just over $200).

Welcome to the OCN!
Thanks for the welcome, denydog! I took your advice and settled on the Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R. It has the right ports, the right price, and the down ratings were on boards that were immediately defective / died within a week, which will be a pain if it happens but can also be replaced.

Everything is shaping up nicely now. I'm going to try to find the appropriate thread to post a final configuration on to see if I should make any tweaks, but otherwise will put in the orders and away we go! Pretty exciting for a first build Here's hoping I'll be around in just a bit to OC!
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