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Z77 mobo for i5 3570

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April 30, 2012 7:55:29 PM

So I am looking for a decent mobo for my upcoming rig. Here are the current planned specs.

Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-core Desktop Processor
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel -
Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
XFX FX-785A-CNBC Radeon HD 7850 Black Edition 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 -
SAMSUNG 470 Series MZ-5PA128/US 2.5" 128GB SATA II Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) -

This is a budget intel "Max that game out" build.
So Basically I am looking for the perfect mix of features and budget.

After doing a lot of research for my previous 2550k build, it seems like I can find a decent mobo with 2 PCI 2.0 ports, 4-6 SATA 3GB ports USB 3.0 and decent OC'ing capability for under $140. So we'll start there.

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April 30, 2012 8:37:59 PM

I've decided that since I'll only have 1 GPU since I'm buying thee forum recommended 7850, I only need 1 PCI * slot.

Which has yielded me this motherboard

ASUS P8Z77-V LX LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thoughts?
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a c 121 V Motherboard
April 30, 2012 9:31:38 PM

Good choice, good price point, solid brand, does what you need.
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May 1, 2012 3:03:00 PM

Do you think I should still get the ASRock mobo? I am debating on it, should I need to add a second 7850 to the rig. The ASRock Mobo could handle another one but the Asus one can't....

Basically I am asking, that if I get the ASRock mobo, will I be fine?

I heard that they are the budget division of Asus...

I'm asking because I want to make sure that this PC is 100% future proofable, meaning that I can upgrade anything at any time. And that does include the support for a second GPU, even though it seems this forum is not keen on doing dual GPU setups...
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a c 121 V Motherboard
May 1, 2012 4:47:04 PM

If you are even entertaining getting a second GPU, then yes I would get board that is capable. It is a horrible feeling when you decided in the future you do want it, but can't get it (I know this from personal experience >_< )

ASRock is a budget oriented division of ASUS, and from what I have gathered they have been getting better and better. Everything I have read lists them as being solid, but I don't have any personal experience there.
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