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Need advice: preferably mATX OC mobo for 3570K

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July 3, 2013 6:23:54 AM


I'm having a headache with modernizing my system. After waiting for Haswell, I think going for the 4670K is nonsense over the 3570K regarding price of the cpu and price of the mobo vs performance gain (OC included). So, I'm going to buy a 3570K and OC it to 4.5GHz (aprox) for 24/7 use with a CM 212 Evo (with 2 fans, push-pull). So I have several choices.

If I continue with ATX format, the choice is between the Asrock Extreme 4 or the Gigabyte Z77X-D3H (this one being around 7USD cheaper than the asrock). But I'm thinking on going micro ATX in a couple of months, so I'm asking advice on the mobo.

My candidates:
Asrock Z77 Pro4-M - Around 112 USD (87€)
Asrock Z77 Extreme4-M - Around 130 USD (101€)
Gigabyte GA-Z77MX-D3H - Around 152 USD (118€)

This system is going to be used for:
Gaming, video editing/rendering, heavy workload of PS/AI.

I don't need any gimmicks or extra features on the mobo. Just to reach that OC, be stable and have a lifespan of 5 years (aprox). I keep my systems as clean as possible, 1 SSD, 1 HDD and 1 GPU. All the rest of the components will be from my old system (C2D E6600).

Thanks in advance!!! :) 

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a c 134 V Motherboard
July 3, 2013 6:32:58 AM

OC-wise: Asrock Z77 Extreme4-M > Gigabyte GA-Z77MX-D3H ~ Asrock Z77 Pro4-M
Reliable-wise: Gigabyte GA-Z77MX-D3H ~ Asrock Z77 Extreme4-M > Asrock Z77 Pro4-M

Since the Gigabyte board is oddly priced there, Asrock Z77 Extreme4-M is your best option for both OC potential and reliability :) 
July 3, 2013 8:15:58 AM

@Madn3ss795 thanks :)  so, the Extreme4-M should be, OC wise, the same as its full size brother?
@Ninjawithagun sorry but that mobo equals 236 USD here, so it's out of my budget. Thanks!!
a c 134 V Motherboard
July 4, 2013 2:38:35 AM

Nope, only close to extreme3, but still more than enough to push your i5 to 4.5ghz+ .