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Nerdtastic
17-07-2013, 01:59 PM
Hi all,
I'm looking to buy a (z78) motherboard. Which is the best budget one in terms of features, stability etc? Preferably sub $200.
Thanks,

Nerdtastic

Speedy Gonzales
17-07-2013, 02:08 PM
There's a few on the computerlounge site. Search for Z87

Nerdtastic
17-07-2013, 02:09 PM
Any specific recommendations?

Speedy Gonzales
17-07-2013, 02:11 PM
Depends what you want, like HDMI/Displayport.DVI,VGA etc. What features do you want? And what brand do you prefer? Asus or GB?

inphinity
17-07-2013, 02:14 PM
If you want mATX, I'd go for ASUS Z87M-PLUS. If you want full ATX you're probably going to have to stretch your budget a little, GIGABYTE GA-Z87-HD3 is probably the cheapest good full ATX Z87 board, or Asus Z87-C.

Nerdtastic
17-07-2013, 02:28 PM
If you want mATX, I'd go for ASUS Z87M-PLUS. If you want full ATX you're probably going to have to stretch your budget a little, GIGABYTE GA-Z87-HD3 is probably the cheapest good full ATX Z87 board, or Asus Z87-C.

How good is the 'HD3?
Costs $200.63 :)

dugimodo
17-07-2013, 02:33 PM
I don't think it's easily answered, we don't know your requirements or preferences between models. Like speedy said.
However I can recommend brands,
Asus
Gigabyte
Asrock
Are the 3 most popular and reliable brands. Have a look and compare them based on price & features yourself. Asrock typically give you more features for the same money but not always.

inphinity
17-07-2013, 02:50 PM
How good is the 'HD3?
Costs $200.63 :)

Not sure you could really complain too much about anything on it... it has all the standard features these days - USB3, SATA 6G etc. It doesn't have eSATA or any of the less mainstream connections like firewire and thunderbolt if that matters to you. It's just a good gigabyte board. What specific features do you need?

wratterus
17-07-2013, 05:05 PM
For $200 I'd have one of these two.

https://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=19396

https://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=19395

Done a couple of builds with the Gigabyte Z87 boards and been extremely impressed with them.

Nerdtastic
17-07-2013, 05:59 PM
I'm building a standard desktop PC. Nothing too fancy, i5, ssd/hdd, etc. It's for general use and moderate gaming.

I probably will go for the HD3.
Thanks for the response!

Clod
17-07-2013, 09:21 PM
I got the D3H all that I need as I'm not into any hi powered computer work.