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What are the benefits of having a better motherboard?

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So right now I just have a crappy Gigabyte motherboard that has so many flaws. I can't even use 2 of the PCI slots since one of the bridges is in the way. But this made me think of making this thread.

What would be the benefit of buying a $200 board rather than a $50 board (other than more PCI slots and crossfire/SLI support). Does it affect performance in anyway?

Sorry if the question is obvious. I'm pretty new to the world of computing and I haven't even built my own system yet.
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Better overclocking capability for the most part, and higher quality (more reliable) construction and components.
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Originally Posted by ComradeNF;12716526 
So right now I just have a crappy Gigabyte motherboard that has so many flaws. I can't even use 2 of the PCI slots since one of the bridges is in the way. But this made me think of making this thread.

What would be the benefit of buying a $200 board rather than a $50 board (other than more PCI slots and crossfire/SLI support). Does it affect performance in anyway?

Sorry if the question is obvious. I'm pretty new to the world of computing and I haven't even built my own system yet.

There are many.
Other than higher component quality you get better overclocking ability due to the components and more power phases (meaning more overclocking power).
You will also get a better quality product overall. Better Heatsinks, More PCI lanes, more USB ports etc. Everything down to the onboard sound gets better. Then you have brand bonuses.
Like the things that come with an ASUS ROG board. Perks not offered to the general buyers.

Either way I wouldnt recommend spending more than $250 on a motherboard unless you REALLY want bragging rights. After about $250 the returns start to become almost entirely gimmick and not quality or worth the money. Depending on the board $300 can be worth it. Like the ASUS Crosshair IV.
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Originally Posted by Phaedrus2129;12716543 
Better overclocking capability for the most part, and higher quality (more reliable) construction and components.

This.
Better parts + better cooling, pretty much better everything. smile.gif
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I would never buy a $50 mobo. $150-$200 u cant get a pretty solid OC board.
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Safety.
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Motherboard is the backbone of the computer that everything hooks up to.

Stability. Overclockability. Quality. Features. A good motherboard allows for the best hardware to be ran consistently.
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