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Gigabyte G1 Sniper M3 vs Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H if both of them costs the same

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May 4, 2014 10:15:46 PM

Hi,

I am looking for a new motherboard. I already have all the other parts and I will list them below:

CPU: i5-3570 (not k)
Ram: 8gb ddr3 1600
Hard Drive: 128gb ocz series 4 ssd
VGA: HD 7970

I already have a motherboard, but it is a basic motherboard for socket lga 1155, but I have bought a high end graphic card "HD 7970", I am also looking for a better motherboard. (I also have a big case so fitting is no problems)

I have been doing research for weeks actually, and the only thing left to do is motherboard and perhaps a newer power supply.

I don't live in USA, so with my budget of $110, I get the following options I found best:

Gigabyte G1 Sniper M3
Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H

They are both around the same costs of $110, so I am not sure which motherboard will be more suited for me. I only have one graphic card and considering my budget I doubt I will have more graphic cards in the future, maybe one more, but that is about it I guess. I prefer more USB 3.0 ports as I have external hard drives and I sometimes transfer files between the hard drives.

I just want to know which one is better really, or is there some other Motherboard you recommend, within that budget (or $150-ish) (if it can be found in US for $110, I can find it in my country for the same price- I live in Thailand). I can also get Asrock z77 extreme 4- but I thought the above 2 options were better after doing some research. I can hardly find more info in my place or recommendations as mainly only socket 1150 motherboards are available extensively.

I currently have a regular cheap basic powersupply of 550 watts, but reckon would need a better, newer one (unless those 80 plus power supply makes no difference- I don't really mind about it being it a little more costly in terms of electricity). I may also get a secondary new hard drive for my system and I am not sure which to get.

Any recommendation or help on the above would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

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a c 406 V Motherboard
May 4, 2014 10:48:20 PM

You don't really need a great motherboard unless you want to run a CF/SLI or overclock. Your current one is likely to be perfectly fine, though you might want USB3.0 etc.

A good PSU is a must. While 80Plus itself isn't essential, non-80Plus PSUs tend to not be able to do what's printed on the label. Look through the second link in my sig for good PSUs; you want about 550W.
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May 4, 2014 10:56:03 PM

Someone Somewhere said:
You don't really need a great motherboard unless you want to run a CF/SLI or overclock. Your current one is likely to be perfectly fine, though you might want USB3.0 etc.

A good PSU is a must. While 80Plus itself isn't essential, non-80Plus PSUs tend to not be able to do what's printed on the label. Look through the second link in my sig for good PSUs; you want about 550W.


Thanks for your reply. My current one doesn't have any USB 3.0 port, and USB 3.0 port is important for me. I am not even sure if I can overclock my CPU, as it is not "k" model, and sli maybe in the distant future though the possibilities are small. So which one would you recommend (even if they are not on the list), as basically I just want usb 3.0 ports and want to make sure the graphic cards will run as its best or without any problems.

I didn't know a good PSU would make a difference. I am reading your link right now. Maybe I should invest in a good PSU rather than a motherboard.

Thanks for the help :) 
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May 4, 2014 11:50:13 PM

Someone Somewhere said:
You don't really need a great motherboard unless you want to run a CF/SLI or overclock. Your current one is likely to be perfectly fine, though you might want USB3.0 etc.

A good PSU is a must. While 80Plus itself isn't essential, non-80Plus PSUs tend to not be able to do what's printed on the label. Look through the second link in my sig for good PSUs; you want about 550W.


What tier is Corsair VS series?
Good power supplies are really expensive. Do you think 550W would be enough for me if I am to add an extra hard drives and Ram (graphic card SLI if ever would be in the distant future)?

Thanks
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a c 406 V Motherboard
May 4, 2014 11:52:50 PM

If you don't care about OCing (you can't with that CPU) or SLI/CF, I'd get a cheapish B75/H77 board. You could also get a PCIe USB3.0 card.

A good PSU is definitely something you should invest in.
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May 5, 2014 12:48:45 AM

Someone Somewhere said:
If you don't care about OCing (you can't with that CPU) or SLI/CF, I'd get a cheapish B75/H77 board. You could also get a PCIe USB3.0 card.

A good PSU is definitely something you should invest in.


I see, the cheapest H77 board I could find in here is about $70 to about $80. I will add a secondary HDD so I am assuming i will need the H77 board chipset. Currently I have H61 chipset motheboard. Maybe it is worth paying the extra $30 for the motherboard I mentioned above?

I am looking into the PSU- that is something I had overlooked before, and will need to proceed accordingly.
I couldn't find the "Corsair VS series" in your Tier list. Do you have any idea what Tier it maybe in? (cause I can get a 650watts Corsair VS series for $60). Also do you know why Raidmax is in the Tier5 list (even though they have 5 year warranties?)

I really appreciate your help :) 
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a c 406 V Motherboard
May 5, 2014 12:58:57 AM

B75 can run up to six drives, though only one is 6Gb/s. However, very few HDDs can even max out a 1.5Gb/s port; that's purely for SSDs.

I'm picking VS would be roughly tier 3.

Raidmax tends to overrate their PSUs, by memory. Not sure, but they're a brand that is usually held up as 'how not to do it'.

550W is plenty. I'd look at Antec's VP series, or an XFX or Seasonic unit.

Do you have a link to where you're buying from?
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May 5, 2014 5:06:08 AM

Someone Somewhere said:
B75 can run up to six drives, though only one is 6Gb/s. However, very few HDDs can even max out a 1.5Gb/s port; that's purely for SSDs.

I'm picking VS would be roughly tier 3.

Raidmax tends to overrate their PSUs, by memory. Not sure, but they're a brand that is usually held up as 'how not to do it'.

550W is plenty. I'd look at Antec's VP series, or an XFX or Seasonic unit.

Do you have a link to where you're buying from?


This is a link, I get my basic idea from-price wise: http://www.advice.co.th/price/
$60 would be roughly 2000 baht. As you will be able to see from the site, power supply is as cheap as $15, so I initially had a budget of $30, but now have increase to $60 or so. I can get the Corsair VS 650 watts for $60.

Other sites include: http://www.jib.co.th/web/index.php/priceList/getPriceLi...
http://www.invadeit.co.th/category/power-supplies/sort/...

I will have to look more regarding motherboard. Thank you all for your help :) 
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May 5, 2014 6:00:34 AM

Someone Somewhere said:
B75 can run up to six drives, though only one is 6Gb/s. However, very few HDDs can even max out a 1.5Gb/s port; that's purely for SSDs.

I'm picking VS would be roughly tier 3.

Raidmax tends to overrate their PSUs, by memory. Not sure, but they're a brand that is usually held up as 'how not to do it'.

550W is plenty. I'd look at Antec's VP series, or an XFX or Seasonic unit.

Do you have a link to where you're buying from?


After doing research for couple of hours, I am finally get a deal that sounds good in my opinion for powersupply.
I am getting a Seasonic S12II Bronze Series 620watts for $80 or 520watts for $65. To my surprise, this is in the "tier 1" list and doesn't costs as much as other power supplies in the tier 1 list.
Here it is: http://www.jedicool.com/product.php?id=1602

Just to make sure, it is in the tier 1 list, then it will be my choice for a new power supply :)  Thanks for your help once again.

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a c 406 V Motherboard
May 5, 2014 6:06:31 AM

520W is enough.

Yes, that's a very good PSU.
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May 6, 2014 10:21:32 PM

As the powersupply is picked :) , can someone please recommend me which motherboard to choose over the 2 mentioned, or anything other board that maybe better or as good as the above within $120.
Will really appreciate any help I can get. Thanks
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a c 406 V Motherboard
May 6, 2014 10:51:18 PM

The -D3H. Full ATX, so if you ever want to use the extra slots they're there.

However, I'd probably go for a cheap mATX H77 board - you don't need any of the extra features, by the looks of it.
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May 6, 2014 11:13:33 PM

Someone Somewhere said:
The -D3H. Full ATX, so if you ever want to use the extra slots they're there.

However, I'd probably go for a cheap mATX H77 board - you don't need any of the extra features, by the looks of it.


Thanks, the cheapest h77 chipset board I could find was about $30 less, so I will spend the extra $30 and get the D3H board if ever I need the extra slots or so :) 

Thanks for the help
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