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MSI Z77-G41 a good mobo?

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November 27, 2012 6:12:06 PM

Ok, I have another quick question, does anyone have any experience with this mobo? I plan to buy it while it's on sale in just a minute, but I want to make sure it isn't total crap. I plan to pair it with an i3 3220 (placeholder for an i5 3570k when I can afford it). Thanks.

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November 29, 2012 4:24:34 AM

Do you plan on overclocking the 3570K? If you do, then maybe you should spend a little more and get a better motherboard. I have an MSI Z77A-G45. It was $150 when I bought it back in May. Paired with an i5 2500K and a Hyper 212 Plus cooler I am overclocked to 4.5 Ghz. The highest I can overclock and run a stress test successfully is 4.8 Ghz. My motherboard is a 4+1 power phase. It won't overclock any higher.

If you plan on only overclocking your 3570K mildly (4.0-4.3 Ghz) then I think that the motherboard you chose should be capable. :) 
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November 29, 2012 9:59:27 PM

dragonsamus said:
Do you plan on overclocking the 3570K? If you do, then maybe you should spend a little more and get a better motherboard. I have an MSI Z77A-G45. It was $150 when I bought it back in May. Paired with an i5 2500K and a Hyper 212 Plus cooler I am overclocked to 4.5 Ghz. The highest I can overclock and run a stress test successfully is 4.8 Ghz. My motherboard is a 4+1 power phase. It won't overclock any higher.

If you plan on only overclocking your 3570K mildly (4.0-4.3 Ghz) then I think that the motherboard you chose should be capable. :) 


Thanks! I decided against this mobo, though, after further research it seems to have a lot of reliability issues and the price went up, so it just didn't seem worth it anymore. If/when I get an i5 I do plan to overclock it, but nothing huge, I don't think I'd want to go past 4.0 Ghz, I'm sure it would be fine, but I'd be more comfortable not going too high. I really want a mobo like this over say, an H77, as somewhat of a safety net, I'll probably be on the i3 for several months (maybe even when Haswell launches), but at some point I want to fully complete my build with a nice i5 3570k or 2500k.
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