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Which Z77 motherboard to get?

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April 30, 2012 10:48:48 PM

Looking at a new motherboard for my new build, and I'm wondering which would be the better choice for me as far as Z77 boards go. I'll be using an Intel i5-3570k, and a GTX 580 (or GTX 680).

Also, just been wondering this for a while. Will a GPU that has a PCI-e x16 2.0 Interface run the same in a backwards compatible PCI-e x16 3.0 slot, as it does in a PCI-e x16 2.0 slot? It won't run worse will it?

Anyway, here are some Z77 Motherboards I'm looking at.

ASRock Z77 Extreme4 - $134.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS P8Z77-V LX - $139.99

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

Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H - $189.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS P8Z77-V - $199.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS Sabertooth Z77 - $239.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


I would like a board that will be good for overclocking my CPU, and possibly my GPU as well. And I'm not really interested in too many features, except MAYBE the possibility of SLI in the future, and of course USB 3.0, and SATA 6Gb/s...

Thanks for any help!

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May 1, 2012 12:11:58 AM

I don't mean to jump in or take over ferrari's topic, and I didn't want to create a duplicate thread, but I have this exact same question for the community - literally same choice of CPU and GPU for me also!.

My main two choices though are the ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe and the ASRock Z77 Extreme6. Like him, I'm hoping to OC and run SLi in the future, but most likely not right off the bat. I'm leaning towards the ASUS for the abundance of features, the intuitive UEFI BIOS, and I hear the AI Suite is quite awesome to use. But, I've also read really good things about the ASRock. Hopefully I can get some help from this also!
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May 1, 2012 3:27:22 AM

Wow you guys seem to be comparing boards from 3 different price rangers, from the entry-level $134.99 all the way up to the high-end $239.99 Sabertooth.

From those in the list, I think that the ASUS P8Z77-V(certainly takes the prize for having the most features) or the Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H would be the best choice, I doubt you'd need any of the extra features(or lack thereof) of the Sabertooth, which will set you back another $40 bucks.
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