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I am planning to build a machine for someone and  don't know what motherboard to get. 

 

He wants to spend $1500 with shipping and taxes..

 

So I am going for an Intel I5 CPU. If the whole system comes to about about $1200, I might go for a I7 Cpu 

 

So that being said.. Can you guys help me out with both sets I5 and I7.. 

 

I was looking at gigabyte motherboard..

 

Thank you 

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For gaming whether it be i5 or i7 any well known brand of mobo will get the job done. The more features you want, the more you pay. If you want to do serious overclocking, it'll cost even more. Boards from Gigabyte, Asus, Asrock, MSI & even Intel are fine. Your choice.

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Generally the Asrock Z77 Extreme4 is the lowest priced often recommended motherboard, better boards from Asus and Gigabyte and Asrock are good to very good.

MSI boards require research, some have had difficulties.

What are your overclock intentions or special requirements?

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I'd advise you to stay away from the ASrock extreme 4 as it uses low quality components , suprisingly the extreme 6 is a whole different story and is a really good motherboard! I'd recommend the Asus P8Z77 Pro v  :)

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Gremlin, here is a proposed system you might consider - weighted towards good overall performance and great gaming performance.  All prices include shipping.  Several of the items have MIR available which will drive the final cost down to less than $1450.

 

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD4H 

$172.86
 
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K
$229.99
 
CPU Heatsink: ZALMAN CNPS10X Performa 120mm
$47.99
 
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 
$84.99
 
Video Card: SAPPHIRE FleX 100352FLEX-2 Radeon HD 7950 3GB 
$334.98
 
Hard Drives
OS and Primary Apps
ADATA XPG SX900 ASX900S3-256GM-C 2.5" 256GB 
$179.99
 
Backup and Storage
Seagate Constellation ES ST1000NM0011 1TB 
$119.99
 
Power Supply: Rosewill CAPSTONE Series CAPSTONE-750 750W 
$109.99
 
Optical Drive: ASUS Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Drive
$59.99
 
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit - OEM
$139.99
 
Total Cost Before MIR: $1480.76

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Wevspot : hehehe That was the motherboard i was going for :) .. Only thing was doubtful was the HDMI.. So I will go with that one.. Hmm bud you forgot to include a case :P in that list.. I am joking :) going for the Corsair 500R..

 

Have not decided on the video card.. 

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