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inexpensive yet effective motherboard to use with intel i7 3770k

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May 17, 2013 11:30:50 AM

Can anyone suggest some inexpensive yet effective motherboards to use with the i7 3770k?

I was reading about the Gigabyte GA-Z77-HD4 for $75 AR from NCIX, however I read some reviews stating it doesn't work well with older PCI-E 2.0 or 2.1 cards.

Any other suggestions?
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May 17, 2013 12:01:32 PM

I agree with JackNaylorPE. Great deal for a full-feature set (surround sound, SLI/Crossfire compatibility, gigabit LAN and more). Not a great OC board, but great features from one of the best motherboard makers in the business.
May 17, 2013 1:55:21 PM

Guys I am totally new to computer builds.

I noticed some of these boards are H77, others are Z77, some are Z68. Which is typically the best performing?

Also I should mention that I won't be running my system overclocked or with a crossfire setup.
May 17, 2013 3:45:57 PM

Also what do you think of the ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard ? It is $140 with a bonus Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM
May 21, 2013 3:47:00 AM

paradigmGT said:
Also what do you think of the ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard ? It is $140 with a bonus Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM


wow, that's a good bargain. :-). BTW the MB you chose is actually support overclocking and even SLI. That's nice, but if you don't use them, you can choose cheaper MB based on H77 chipset.

Z68 is older version of Z77, it doesn't have trim on RAID0 configuration (unless u modify the BIOS), and doesn't have native USB3.0 controller. So for the same price, get Z77. H77 is actually a reduced version of Z77. It has all the ability of Z77 except overclocking, however somehow some MB manufacturers are able to enhanced their MB so they can OC the unlocked intel CPU (K-series).
Here is more info on those chipsets:
http://www.pugetsystems.com/blog/2012/04/12/z68-z77-and...
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