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Is cheaping out on the MOBO a good idea?

#1PathlessBulletPosted 8/23/2013 9:47:07 AM
Probably not, right? I'm just not too sure if throwing down less than the average of $150 on a 1150 socket MOBO is actually "cheaping out".
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#2GoIrish80Posted 8/23/2013 9:50:16 AM
Are you planning on overclocking?
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#3PathlessBullet(Topic Creator)Posted 8/23/2013 9:53:54 AM
GoIrish80 posted...
Are you planning on overclocking?



Not really. I'd probably bump the i5 I'd get with said MOBO up to 4.0 GHZ.
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ADD, no. Where is the thread for Fallout OCD players?
"We have to keep it on page 3 or it freaks out."
#4JairPosted 8/23/2013 9:55:56 AM
Depends on what you want out of it, I figure. If you're not overclocking, that's one less reason to spend money. Then you have to look at how many SATA ports it has and how many RAM slots. And you don't need that much for a competent gaming setup.
#5Darkcloud20Posted 8/23/2013 9:57:00 AM
Just look if it has the ports you want and rather buy one with less stuff. The ones that are cheap and support a lot of stuff often cheap out on them.
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#6Black_King945Posted 8/23/2013 12:11:46 PM
Usually the only reason people skimp on parts when they build is to save some money now, how much would you really be saving? 50 dollars?


I'd say wait another two weeks, save up another check, and just buy quality parts to start with. Doesn't seem worth it to skimp when we're talking a savings of maybe 30-60 bucks.
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#7Vindication123Posted 8/23/2013 1:20:44 PM
The MOBO is the most important part of a PC, and the material quality is important. If you use it for things like modern games, or heavy usage then you want a good board.
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#8TheFeshPincePosted 8/23/2013 2:00:09 PM
Don't cheap out on the mobo... I did and I thoroughly regret it.
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#9Knight2520Posted 8/23/2013 2:05:06 PM(edited)
You can spend less than $150 and get a good motherboard. I think I bought a $110 board for my first PC and had no issues. Don't cheap out though (sub $100-ish?). It's like cheaping out on the foundation of your house, albeit on a smaller financial scale.
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#10gsf4lyfePosted 8/23/2013 2:09:11 PM
You can save a little money if you're not overclocking by going with a locked processor (non-k variant) and an h77 mobo you can save money without sacrificing quality. Just won't be able to oc.
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