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Old September 15, 2012, 02:42 AM
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Well I'm starting to gather parts for a home server and I' having a hard time finding the perfect motherboard. For some reason I just hate a blue on black color scheme(blue on white looks fine though o.O) anyways I think I've found my perfect motherboard however it's made by a company I've never dealt with before. Specifically this motherboard: ASRock > H77 Pro4-M and I'm worried about 24/7 use running an i3 3220 and a raid card(and possibly an old video card for folding) in the future. It's one of the company's lower end boards so I'm just wondering how low end it is.

If anyone has a better suggestion I'm open to it however I'm reluctant to spend more money on a motherboard than the processor is worth that I'm putting in it.
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Old September 15, 2012, 04:36 AM
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I've bought Asrock before, but it's always been their real (rock bottom) budget boards (we're talking $70 new..... ;) ). I personally wouldn't think twice about buying a board from them if it fit the spot I was trying to fill at a reasonable price.
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Old September 15, 2012, 06:44 AM
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I've always had excellent experiences with any ASRock board i've owned. Heck i've got an old socket 939 with a 3500+ that runs like a champ lol I wouldn't hesitate to buy another board from them.
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Old September 15, 2012, 11:37 AM
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They do hold the world record for Ivy Bridge overclocking...so that's gotta say something right?

Originally I believe they were a branch off ASUS but now they're a separate company. They've definitely come a far way from being a strictly budget-board maker.
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I'm running a z77 asrock extreme 3, great little board. I've ordered at least 40 budget desktops from a west coast builder and they have had mostly asrock boards in them, never had a problem at all.
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Using a Z77 Pro3 in my file server/HTPC at the moment. Runs solid!

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Old September 15, 2012, 03:57 PM
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Alright looks like an ASRock board will be in my possession in the near future then. Thanks everyone.
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I believe AsRock boards where prettymuch produced by ECS if i remember the history in my memory correctly ... So while buying the boards from ECS/ASRock/BioStar/Jetway to name the few .... your not going to get top of the line optimized preformance as say from the big 3 Asus/MSI/Gigabyte ... your gonna always get a stable 1 notch above OEM board that should last you quite a few years. AsRock itself thought has probly been 1 of the quickest improving board manufactorers out there & especialy at there price point even though there higher end boards are starting to come close to the same price points as the big 3's top models.
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I believe AsRock boards where prettymuch produced by ECS if i remember the history in my memory correctly ...
Wrong ASrock was started by Asustek ( Asus), Asustek split the company in 2010 and now ASrock is now own by Pegatron , both Pegatron ans Asus come from the same greek word, Pegasus . ASrock is the third world produced of motherboard after Asus and Gigabyte. SO the 3 big one are Asus, Gigabyte and Asrock. I really like the UEFI Bios of ASrock, simple and easy to use.

here a reliable source for info

ASRock Slides into 3rd Place in Channel Motherboard Market Share | Hardware Canucks

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Old September 15, 2012, 09:19 PM
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Just built a rig for my brother based on the z77 Extreme 4.. Apart from looking great it seems very very solid.

I had an initial problem with BSOD but it was quickly solved with a bios flash and manually setting the voltages on the ram. Not 100% sure which one actually fixed it.

The UEFI bios is really easy to use.
Only other problem I had was the SM Bus Controller wasn't picked up by any of the downloaded driver packages so I had to use the provided disk to install it.

Will easily try and suggest these again.
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