Great Gaming Non overclocking motherboard
I looking for a good LGA 1155 socket motherboard. I have U.S. $250-325 to spend. Thanks
you're never gonna spend as much, if we're talking US$.
Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP5 TH $243.98 as of 2/21
^ A recommend Tom's Buy and includes add on WiFi Card ... http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/z77x-up5-th-z77a-gd80-z77-oc-formula,3305-25.html (BTW that article is picking the right high end Z77 board)
or the Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP4 TH 182.98 as of 2/21
Both have two thunderbolt ports for a little future-proofing.
Also have the newish Ultra Durable 5 that won best of Computex 2012 by Tom's as well.
Supposed to improve the overall durability of the board.
They also have 3D Bios which is easy navigate.
Here's some reviews
X-Bit Labs Review of both boards
Hardocp Positive Review of the UP4
Anandtech slightly Negative Review of UP4
Dilly1O said:Is there any reson to go with the deluxe or pro version if Im not overclock? Before I posted this I was looking at the Deluxe. I really want the best That I can get, so I dont have to update for years 3-5.
P.S. Thanks for the reply
sounds like you're looking at Z77 boards, which are primarily for OCing purposes. if you want the best non-OCing B75/H77 boards with exceptional quality, you're not gonna find one costing more than $170 at worst. beyond that price point are high-end Z77 boards, which offers little to no gain in performance over a $130-140 Z77 board, except in OCing potential.
if you're seriously persistent on spending so much on a motherboard, you're getting an overclockable Z77 board, like the Sabertooth Z77, like it or not. if you want to save up as much as you can, as many tend to do when aiming for H77/B75 boards, there's the most expensive H77 board i just linked you to earlier; all that you will ever need for 3-4years.
personally, if you got the money to spend on, say a $210 i5-3570 (i assume, seeing as you want the best), and a $250 dollar board, you get a better value getting a 3570K and a $130-180 Z77 motherboard, and overclock it much later once it starts showing it's age, extending it's lifespan.
getting the best board doesn't correlate much with not having to update within 3-5 years, seeing as socket 1155 will die out with Ivy Bridge; it's the CPU and GPU that's going to matter most if you want to futureproof a little. take it from a cheap owner of a P61 board + i5-2310 (previously an i3-2100); i'm on my second year with it, and i doubt i'll need to upgrade anytime within the next one year. seeing as how it was fairly recently that a couple of people i know moved on from their E8400 build, i'd say i can push 4 years off off this build. if there's ever a time you feel like you need to upgrade within the first 3 years, it'll be either be for a better GPU or a motherboard+CPU that'll be better than what you get now at the same price.
Dilly1O said:I looking for a good LGA 1155 socket motherboard. I have U.S. $250-325 to spend. Thanks
Save your money.
The only reason for a motherboard more expensive than $120-$150 is if you wish to run dual graphics cards.
For gaming, I would look at a strong quad like a 3570K and a $130 Z77 based motherboard.
Even if you don't initially overclock, the option will be there to up the multiplier from the stock 34 to about 43. A nice 25% boost for not much.
for me at least, it is. it's by Asus, costs more than the slightly popular Asrock H77 Pro4/MVP, so build quality shouldn't be too big a worry.
i should note, seeing as i've forgotten, one benefit the Z77 would have, regardless if you OC or not, is the ability to run two cards in crossfire/SLI at 8x/8x.
so regardless of my earlier rant, if you plan to add another graphics card for crossfire/SLI, and/or want a bit more build quality over the P8H77-V LE, the most you could spend on is Asrock's Z77 Extreme4 for $135. hugely popular, and not at all too expensive, the most common complaint is that it's really thin and flexes a lot.