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Need some serious help with deciding a new motherboard for my PC.

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Spungey

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So, basically I ruined my ASRock Fatal1ty Gaming i7. I had the PC running fine from first boot after build. So I decided to do my normal cleaning routine by removing TIM, dusting and replacing and when all said and done I destroyed my LGA socket. The pins aren't broke, but they are bent way to much beyond my repair abilities. So far I have yet to see one that has broke. Just bent. So, I was afraid I burnt my i5-6600k up as well. I have yet to test it on another z170 board due to not knowing many in my area since I just moved here and I wouldn't wanna chance on damaging anyone else's equipment.

I ordered a new i5-6500k as well which was DOA, in-law let me use his system to check. Now currently being RMA'd.

Also at the same time I ordered a GA-Z170X-UD5 from Amazons used section for $159.99 that was being fulfilled by the amazon warehouse. I video taped opening the box and sure enough there were bent pins on the motherboard. I Returned that board as well, plus was given a credit from them because the advertisement was "LIKE NEW: Owner opened the box and see that the product wasn't the right part. All the peripherals weren't opened except the motherboard packaging was. It's doesn't take a rocket scientist to see he also noticed the bent pins and sent it back. I sent a very detailed response on why they refuse to do quality control. So they gave me the refund plus a credit that would make up for the cost of buying a brand new motherboard. I don't want to have to keep spending more money on this computer since I'm in the whole already for the i5-6600k + the ASRock Fatal1ty which in mind was one amazing board.

Sorry for the long story but wanted to air it out and vent a little bit. I have an Amazon Credit of $182.78. I want to find the best motherboard out there for under that price hopefully thats NEW and not USED... 2 times using the used section and both were crap. HD IPS monitor and now this.

My current items that work just fine are listed as follows:

(Case:) Rosewill Challenger Mid ATX (Heavily Mod'd to fit the Kraken x61 in the Front part of the case to act as the intake. Works like a champ and looks awesome
(GPU:) GTX 970 FTW ACX 2.0 (which will be replaced once my EVGA que pops on EVGA Step Up for the 1070, Only 100 more so why not)
(RAM:) G. Skill RIPJAW V 2400mhz (2x8gb dual channel kit)
(Storage:) Samsung 850 EVO 500gb + WD 1TB)
(PSU:) EVGA SuperNOVA G2 (550 Watt)
And a Blu-Ray Disc

So, the RMA'd i5-6600k is on it's way, and I have $182.78 on Amazon to get the motherboard. This website has a lot of credible specialist and am in need of help. I've read reviews. but narrowing it down is the tough part.

I will only be using 1 GPU, will be getting an M.2 SSD eventually and also sata ports pointing to the front of the case and not the side. Also a cool looking board would be great. I'd like it to be ATX as well and not E-ATX.

So if you take the time to read this I really appreciate it. Any recommendations would be great. Thank you so much on you guys expert opinions...
 
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Spungey

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Yeah, I've read good reviews on that board as well but the Down side and not bashing there company. THe amazon board is sold out and the next one thats my price range is the same company that sent me the gimp UD5.

I've read a good amount of reviews on this one https://www.amazon.com/ASUS-Z170-A-...F8&qid=1469572361&sr=1-1&keywords=ASUS+Z170-A.

but still like to hear expert opinions from real life people and not just review websites that could have there opinons swayed
 

Jeff G

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The one I linked is showing in stock at Amazon at almost exactly your price point.
 

Selwen

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+1 on that recommend, though you might want to check out the new line of Gigabyte Designer boards, there is one in particular I was reading about the other day, was very nice, the Extreme 6 and OC Formula are top of the line board with 16 and 18 phase designs.. top of the line boards

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the gigabyte board I mentioned, overclockers article
 

ATMINSIDE

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+1 on that recommend, though you might want to check out the new line of Gigabyte Designer boards, there is one in particular I was reading about the other day, was very nice, the Extreme 6 and OC Formula are top of the line board with 16 and 18 phase designs.. top of the line boards

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http://www.overclockers.com/gigabyte-x99-designare-ex-motherboard-review-2/
the gigabyte board I mentioned, overclockers article

Nice board, but I really expect he has chosen one by now... It's been five months.
 
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Spungey

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Yeah, I went with a Asus Z170-A. Doesn't have the bells and whistle as the other one, but really sucked having to buy another Motherboard and CPU. Still have the the old 6600k, but just don't wanna chance it. Have the new i7-7700k on pre-order from newegg. This one will be my sons new computer. He can't wait, lol. He has my old AMD FX build. Some of my family members love when I upgrade because they get to upgrade. Think I have like 6 computers that I previously owned flow down the family tree. Thanks for the suggestion though, but yeah old post. Still ticks me off I ruined that board and chip but the good part is the new chip can run 5ghz, but I keep it at 4.9ghz cause i don't like anything above 65c. Had to modify this tiny case to fit the Kraken x61 in it though to keep it cool because the Hyper 212 evo wasn't cutting it