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Maximus V gene, Asrock Z77 extreme4 or Asrock Z77 extreme6

Hi guys, I was hopping someone can give me a hand as I am trying to build a gaming pc, and until now i have decided for the following:

CPU: I5-3570k CPU (maybe a 3770k if budget allows thou i doubt for now)
Cooler: Hyper 212 EVO cooler (Noctua NH-D14 maybe)
PSU: Corsair 850 W 80+ Bronze (I choose this one in case i will get a second GPU what you guys thing a little too much 850W?)
GPU: Asus GTX 660Ti DirectCU II (top)
RAM: 8 GB G.SKill DDR3 PC3-21300 2666MHz TridentX CL11.

Now for the motherboard i can not decide. I would like to get the Maximus V Formula but it is a little out of budget so i guess i will have to choose one of the following:

Asus Maximus V Gene (would be my no.1 option)
Asrock Z77 Extreme 4
Asrock Z77 Extreme 6

The problem is that all thou I looked up on the net for the last few days I cant get a good idea what would be better specially because i don't know to much about motherboards and what to look for, and I haven't found a really useful comparison between them.

I am planing on overlocking and the pc will be used mainly for gaming. Also if someone has a better idea, for a mobo other than the ones i listed I will be very happy to hear about it.

Thank you all.
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  1. Best answer
    Yes 850 watts for a 1gpu system is overkill. Get something like the XFX 550. All motherboards would be a decent Choice. I personally would go with the Extreme 6, mostly because it is a awesome board for overclocking. Its almost 50 dollars cheaper. Loaded with features, and its not micro atx, if you ever want to add stuff to your system.
  2. With ram dont go over 1600mhz speeds as you will pay premium for little performance improvements
    As for mobos they are all good. My fav brands are Asus and AsRock. I vote for AsRock extreme 4 or 6 since they are good feature oriented mobos for the price. Basically you will pay more for extra features, but you have to ask yourself will you really use those extra things to justify extra cost
  3. tenaciousk said:
    Yes 850 watts for a 1gpu system is overkill. Get something like the XFX 550. All motherboards would be a decent Choice. I personally would go with the Extreme 6, mostly because it is a awesome board for overclocking. Its almost 50 dollars cheaper. Loaded with features, and its not micro atx, if you ever want to add stuff to your system.


    Thank you very much for your quick reply, I am really considering your advice.
  4. Those are all good Mobo's from what I've read. If you want to save a little on the mobo and still have some good parts, I have included a build similar to yours. You can decide what works best for you, but I prefer to stick with single GPU solutions (unless you think you really need SLI/Xfire), because they are cheaper options and are bit less complex and also driver support is generally more stable.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($168.55 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($269.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($63.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($61.24 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1079.70
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-01 08:45 EDT-0400)

    * I'm also assuming your using a regular ATX case, since the Extreme 6 is an ATX form factor (The Extreme 4 has both sizes).
    * You could take some of the savings from some of the parts I've listed above and use that savings to buy the Asus Maximus V Gene mobo, but that is up to you.
  5. alvine said:
    With ram dont go over 1600mhz speeds as you will pay premium for little performance improvements
    As for mobos they are all good. My fav brands are Asus and AsRock. I vote for AsRock extreme 4 or 6 since they are good feature oriented mobos for the price. Basically you will pay more for extra features, but you have to ask yourself will you really use those extra things to justify extra cost


    Based on the previous reply to my thread from tenaciousk and on your reply i already decided to go for the Asrock Z77 Extreme 6, just wanted to ask for the RAM would you have a recommendation and also if I get the XFX 550 PSU as tenaciousk advised me to, will this be enough to support a second GPU in SLI (I am planing on getting the second GPU in the future) and by the way thank you so much for your help guys
  6. lunyone said:
    Those are all good Mobo's from what I've read. If you want to save a little on the mobo and still have some good parts, I have included a build similar to yours. You can decide what works best for you, but I prefer to stick with single GPU solutions (unless you think you really need SLI/Xfire), because they are cheaper options and are bit less complex and also driver support is generally more stable.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($168.55 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($269.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($63.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($61.24 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1079.70
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-01 08:45 EDT-0400)

    * I'm also assuming your using a regular ATX case, since the Extreme 6 is an ATX form factor (The Extreme 4 has both sizes).
    * You could take some of the savings from some of the parts I've listed above and use that savings to buy the Asus Maximus V Gene mobo, but that is up to you.


    Thanks lunyone, i just saw your reply a moment ago, the case I have already is a NZXT Gamma (from the official site they say it will work with ATX, MICRO-ATX, BABY AT) right now I have inside a DFI Lanparty X48 TR3S (775) with an old rusty E4500 CPU but the case I bought a few months ago so I am really hopping i can save a few euros on this. I am guessing it will do ok for the Asrock Z77 extreme6
    Also forget to mention I am in Italy and the prices here are a little different than US.
  7. Alexandru Gavrilescu said:
    lunyone said:
    Those are all good Mobo's from what I've read. If you want to save a little on the mobo and still have some good parts, I have included a build similar to yours. You can decide what works best for you, but I prefer to stick with single GPU solutions (unless you think you really need SLI/Xfire), because they are cheaper options and are bit less complex and also driver support is generally more stable.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($168.55 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($269.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($63.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($61.24 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1079.70
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-01 08:45 EDT-0400)

    * I'm also assuming your using a regular ATX case, since the Extreme 6 is an ATX form factor (The Extreme 4 has both sizes).
    * You could take some of the savings from some of the parts I've listed above and use that savings to buy the Asus Maximus V Gene mobo, but that is up to you.


    Thanks lunyone, i just saw your reply a moment ago, the case I have already is a NZXT Gamma (from the official site they say it will work with ATX, MICRO-ATX, BABY AT) right now I have inside a DFI Lanparty X48 TR3S (775) with an old rusty E4500 CPU but the case I bought a few months ago so I am really hopping i can save a few euros on this. I am guessing it will do ok for the Asrock Z77 extreme6
    Also forget to mention I am in Italy and the prices here are a little different than US.

    Yeah no problem :) Here to help where/when I can. The case will hold any of those form factor mobo's. I usually like to use a full ATX mobo when I have a case that can hold it. They hold more options and give a bit of spacing for better air flow, if you don't have all of the slots taken up.
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