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Motherboard trashed, Need New Motherboard


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#1 time2spare

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 09:29 AM

Help me choose a new motherboard. I prefer the Z68 chipset, but I am open to all suggestions. Cost is not an issue.
The most important issue is stability, will not be interested in serious overclocking.
In looking over the various options, ratings, and especially customer reviews, it seems everything is a row of the dice, Asus, Gigabyte, Asrock etc. All seem to have some serious issues. Reports of DOA, bent pins, boot looping, instability and more. I would like something with a really good chance of working the first time, no dealing with RMA, Tech support, etc.

Thanks for your input.

I currently have the following components:

I7 2600K
Artic freezer13 heat sink (overkill for me, but I already have it)
8 gig memory, 1600
WD 1t Black HD
Intel 320 series SSD, 120 G
LG Multi DVD
XFX Radeon R6770
Using Windows 7

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 10:15 AM

The basic problem as I see it is that the fancier the motherboard the more there is to go bad.

A simple basic motherboard is usually very reliable out of the box.

I assembled a computer for someone last year. It took three motherboards to get one where everything worked. But he had to go buy a motherboard with everything! I counseled against going fancy with un-needed features.

Figure out what you need and buy a board with only those features.

how many memory slots?
How many PCIe slots?
how many PCI slots?
How many PCIe 16X slots?
USB3?
How many USB ports?
eSATA ports?
How many SATA ports?
How many Ethernet ports?
IDE connection?
Serial port?
Parallel port?
Wireless?
Type of sound if at all? Sound card?
Built-in video?
SLI?
Crossfire?

Just a few of the things to consider.
Also I consider Asrock to be a bargain brand.

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#3 time2spare

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 11:19 AM

Thanks for the input.

Would want 4 memory slots
Only need slot for add on video card, (But Still want onboard DVI,HDMI. Displayport would be good but not a necessity)
USB 3 would be nice, but not a necessity
4 USB ports
4 SATA
eSATA, maybe, can take it or leave it
One ethernet port
Will use onboard sound
No IDE
No serial port
No parallel port
No SLI
Power Supply is 650 Watt Gold Certified

Case will support full ATX



Does not need to be a bargin board, at this point cost is not a factor, but if a bargin board will give me
ease of use and stability, would be great.




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