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April 1, 2013 8:25:43 PM

Finally putting together a new rig and I'm stuck at the motherboard. I think I've narrowed it down to these choices.

P8Z77-M PRO - $155
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX39032

P8Z77-V LE PLUS - $170
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX41228

P8Z77-V LX - $135
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX38590

GA-Z77X-UD3H - $160
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX38928


I don't really know a lot about motherboards so any input will be helpful. I'm buying from Canada so prices will be skewed a bit due to import/exchange rate. I'm trying to stay around the $150-160 price range. Rest of the the build is looking like this:

CPU: i5 3570k
GPU: GTX 660 2GB
Mem: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB 1600 MHz
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 USB 3.0
PSU: Corsair TX750 V2

Will be mainly used for gaming, looking for high settings at 1080. I'd like to learn a bit more so please give more detailed explanations as to why one motherboard over another. I'm reasonably tech savvy just uneducated when it comes to motherboards. Thanks in advance.

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April 1, 2013 9:55:37 PM

It really depends on what you need in the motherboard.
Do you need a lot of SATA ports?
Are you planning to crossfire?
Do any of the extra features of the more expensive motherboards justify the price for your personal needs?
Overall the brands (ASUS, Gigabyte) are the best quality, and it really depends on what you need in them.

It is also worthy to note that there are different sized motherboards e.g. micro atx, standard atx etc. Your case can fit any size, if that helps.

IMHO, I'd get the cheapest available, as it has everything you would need anyway.
April 2, 2013 6:43:19 AM

I'm planning on using a ssd as primary, and a hdd as a secondary. At the moment no SLI, but not about to rule it out for the future. What kind of extra features are you talking about in regards to the expensive boards? Like the extra utilities?
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April 2, 2013 2:22:29 PM

JWark16 said:
I'm planning on using a ssd as primary, and a hdd as a secondary. At the moment no SLI, but not about to rule it out for the future. What kind of extra features are you talking about in regards to the expensive boards? Like the extra utilities?


Extra features would be extra SATA 3 ports, PCI Express slots, USB 3 ports etc. Mostly storage options. The cheapest available (Z77 V-LX) has more than enough features to begin with. I recommend that.

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April 2, 2013 2:29:13 PM
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The ASUS P8Z77-V-LX has:
2x SATA3 (that means you can put 2 SSDs)

4x SATA2 (maximum 4 HDDs)

4x USB3 (2 would be connected to the front panel and the other 2 would be at the back of the case(I/O shield)).

As you can see, it is more than enough for your needs (1x SSD, 1x HDD).
It even has 2x PCI E (x16 and x4), which is actually sufficient for a dual card setup.
April 2, 2013 9:25:10 PM

Awesome, thanks for the help. Place I'm buying from just put the Gigabyte one on a one-day sale for $50 off so that kind of just made the choice for me.
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