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a b V Motherboard
July 24, 2013 2:47:43 PM

Im in need of a board similar to the ASUS P8Z77-M Pro...
I will be overclocking the Intel Core i5 3570K Quad Core Processor...
Will be using 2 x GTX 760 GPUs
will need about 4 x 6GB/s ports
I would use the above board, but I need more high speed sata ports for my RAID set up...

I have a budget of £120 GBP ($185 USD)

The board must be MicroATX, preferably with HD Audio which support surround sound...

Must be mostly future proof with a Intel 1155 socket...

Any help is much appreciated!!
(I will be using a windowed case, so looks do matter! the theme is black if possible.)

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July 24, 2013 3:04:36 PM

Dayle McNeela said:
Im in need of a board similar to the ASUS P8Z77-M Pro...
I will be overclocking the Intel Core i5 3570K Quad Core Processor...
Will be using 2 x GTX 760 GPUs
will need about 4 x 6GB/s ports
I would use the above board, but I need more high speed sata ports for my RAID set up...

I have a budget of £120 GBP ($185 USD)

The board must be MicroATX, preferably with HD Audio which support surround sound...

Must be mostly future proof with a Intel 1155 socket...

Any help is much appreciated!!
(I will be using a windowed case, so looks do matter! the theme is black if possible.)


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... maybe this?

I'm curious, what drives will you be running to fully saturate 4 6gbs ports?
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a b V Motherboard
July 24, 2013 3:12:56 PM

Intel LGA 1155 socket isn't used anymore, the newest is LGA 1150 (Intel 4th generation i3/i5/i7 processors, codename Haswell). As such, the Intel 1155 socket isn't futureproof at all, Ivy Bridge (iX-3XXX, 3rd Generation) will most probably be the last processor series using this socket.

I checked socket LGA 1155, I couldn't find any microATX boards with more than two RAID capable SATA 6.0Gbps sockets.

For socket LGA 1150, there are many options, among which:
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-z87mext...
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-z87mocf...
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-z87mpro...
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-motherboard-gryphonz8...
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-motherboard-maximusvi...
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-motherboard-z87mplus
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-gag1s...
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-gaz87...
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-gaz87...
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-motherboard-z87mg43

I hope this was helpful.
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a b V Motherboard
July 24, 2013 3:46:04 PM

Kevinmachdata said:
Dayle McNeela said:
Im in need of a board similar to the ASUS P8Z77-M Pro...
I will be overclocking the Intel Core i5 3570K Quad Core Processor...
Will be using 2 x GTX 760 GPUs
will need about 4 x 6GB/s ports
I would use the above board, but I need more high speed sata ports for my RAID set up...

I have a budget of £120 GBP ($185 USD)

The board must be MicroATX, preferably with HD Audio which support surround sound...

Must be mostly future proof with a Intel 1155 socket...

Any help is much appreciated!!
(I will be using a windowed case, so looks do matter! the theme is black if possible.)


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... maybe this?

I'm curious, what drives will you be running to fully saturate 4 6gbs ports?


EXCELLENT BOARD!! I will be using 1 x Samsung 840 Pro Series 128gb SSD for my primary drive (OS and software)
then Ill be using 2 x 2TB Seagate Barracuda SATAIII 7200rpm HDDs for now, until I upgrade to SSD's when the prices drop...

One question about the board though, the first PCIe 3.0 slot looks very close to the audio ports... will a large GPU fit there? (GTX 760.. unsure on how stand alone graphics card fit, as this is my first build)
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a b V Motherboard
July 24, 2013 3:48:23 PM

quicksand10 said:
Kevinmachdata said:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... maybe this?

I'm curious, what drives will you be running to fully saturate 4 6gbs ports?


Unfortunately, the ASUS Maximus V Gene only has two RAID capable SATA 6.0Gbps sockets :( 


I need 4 6GB/s ports..
2 x Normal
2 x RAID

Ill be using an SSD for my primary drive,
and 2 x 2TB HDDs in RAID 1 for storage and gaming
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July 24, 2013 5:00:55 PM

Dayle McNeela said:
Kevinmachdata said:
Dayle McNeela said:
Im in need of a board similar to the ASUS P8Z77-M Pro...
I will be overclocking the Intel Core i5 3570K Quad Core Processor...
Will be using 2 x GTX 760 GPUs
will need about 4 x 6GB/s ports
I would use the above board, but I need more high speed sata ports for my RAID set up...

I have a budget of £120 GBP ($185 USD)

The board must be MicroATX, preferably with HD Audio which support surround sound...

Must be mostly future proof with a Intel 1155 socket...

Any help is much appreciated!!
(I will be using a windowed case, so looks do matter! the theme is black if possible.)


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... maybe this?

I'm curious, what drives will you be running to fully saturate 4 6gbs ports?


EXCELLENT BOARD!! I will be using 1 x Samsung 840 Pro Series 128gb SSD for my primary drive (OS and software)
then Ill be using 2 x 2TB Seagate Barracuda SATAIII 7200rpm HDDs for now, until I upgrade to SSD's when the prices drop...

One question about the board though, the first PCIe 3.0 slot looks very close to the audio ports... will a large GPU fit there? (GTX 760.. unsure on how stand alone graphics card fit, as this is my first build)


Uhm. I can't answer that with 100 percent certainty, but it should. The largest component of the card (the cooler) is located on the opposite side. If it didn't fit you could always put it in the second slot given that you plan on sticking with a single GPU set-up. Keep in mind that the 760 is a 2 slot card. Meaning it will take up the space of 2 PCI slots. Have you considered a standard ATX sized board? It would give you a bit more room to work with.

Furthermore, a 7200rpm will not even saturate a 3gbs connection, much less a 6gbs. So the only reason to have 4 6gbs ports is if you are planning to have 4 ssd's in the future. I just wanted to make sure you're aware of that before you go SATA port crazy. It could save you a bit of change.
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a b V Motherboard
July 25, 2013 1:13:00 AM

Kevinmachdata said:
Dayle McNeela said:
Kevinmachdata said:
Dayle McNeela said:
Im in need of a board similar to the ASUS P8Z77-M Pro...
I will be overclocking the Intel Core i5 3570K Quad Core Processor...
Will be using 2 x GTX 760 GPUs
will need about 4 x 6GB/s ports
I would use the above board, but I need more high speed sata ports for my RAID set up...

I have a budget of £120 GBP ($185 USD)

The board must be MicroATX, preferably with HD Audio which support surround sound...

Must be mostly future proof with a Intel 1155 socket...

Any help is much appreciated!!
(I will be using a windowed case, so looks do matter! the theme is black if possible.)


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... maybe this?

I'm curious, what drives will you be running to fully saturate 4 6gbs ports?


EXCELLENT BOARD!! I will be using 1 x Samsung 840 Pro Series 128gb SSD for my primary drive (OS and software)
then Ill be using 2 x 2TB Seagate Barracuda SATAIII 7200rpm HDDs for now, until I upgrade to SSD's when the prices drop...

One question about the board though, the first PCIe 3.0 slot looks very close to the audio ports... will a large GPU fit there? (GTX 760.. unsure on how stand alone graphics card fit, as this is my first build)


Uhm. I can't answer that with 100 percent certainty, but it should. The largest component of the card (the cooler) is located on the opposite side. If it didn't fit you could always put it in the second slot given that you plan on sticking with a single GPU set-up. Keep in mind that the 760 is a 2 slot card. Meaning it will take up the space of 2 PCI slots. Have you considered a standard ATX sized board? It would give you a bit more room to work with.

Furthermore, a 7200rpm will not even saturate a 3gbs connection, much less a 6gbs. So the only reason to have 4 6gbs ports is if you are planning to have 4 ssd's in the future. I just wanted to make sure you're aware of that before you go SATA port crazy. It could save you a bit of change.


No problem, I will contact a GPU Manufacturer.
In all honesty, I didnt know that the 7200rpm wouldnt use 6gb/s but that said, I will be using SSD's alone when the prices drop, to have 2 x 2TB SSDs, your taking about £10,000.00 so not yet lol
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