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Need i7 3770k Motherboard Suggestions

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May 2, 2012 9:23:22 AM

If there is one component of a computer that confuses me the most, it is the motherboard. My current build: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/7D2i

Future plans:
Add 2 more sticks of 8GB 1600MHz RAM (4x8GB total)
Add a second Radeon 7970

I'm trying to keep this build around $1500, but I still need to choose a motherboard and case. I'm not entirely sure what to look for when it comes to motherboards, so any motherboard suggestions?

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a c 328 V Motherboard
May 2, 2012 9:55:06 AM

I would go with this one ASUS P8Z77-V PRO



The ASUS P8Z77-V PRO is a top mid-range motherboard, and therefore targeted to the user who wants more features than mainstream motherboards provide, such as three PCI Express x16 slots, eight USB 3.0 ports, a Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11b/g/n card, and an above-average voltage regulator circuit.
The only feature that we didn't like about the P8Z77-V PRO was the choice of audio codec. Since it is a top mid-range product, we'd expect it to use a high-end codec such as the ALC898 or the ALC889, which provide a higher signal-to-noise ratio. On the other hand, if you are not going to work professionally with audio editing or converting analog audio to digital format, that won't be a problem for you.
If you want even more features, you may consider the ASUS P8Z77-V DELUXE, which brings the following advantages over the PRO model and costs USD 50 more:
• Realtek ALC898 audio codec (higher signal-to-noise ratio)
• The Wi-Fi card is dual-band with two antennas, achieving higher performance on IEEE 802.11n networks
• Bluetooth 4.0
• Two Gigabit Ethernet ports instead of only one
• Presence of a PLX switch chip, allowing higher performance when several data transfers are being executed at the same time
• POST diagnostics display
• Two eSATA-600 ports
N. Button for the "BIOS Flashback" function located on the motherboard rear panel
• Voltage regulator circuit with more phases
The PRO model, however, has VGA and DVI-I outputs, connectors not available on the DELUXE model.
Of course, if you don't need all the extra features available on the ASUS P8Z77-V PRO, such as additional USB 3.0 ports, a third PCI Express x16 slot, and a Wi-Fi card, you can pick a more affordable product.

Review here
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/ASUS-P8Z77-V-PRO...
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a c 328 V Motherboard
May 2, 2012 9:55:37 AM

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May 2, 2012 5:48:08 PM

So I'm pretty much just looking at the Asus, MSi, and ASRock. It seems like the MSi ($180 @ NCIX) has fit issues (the only reason I'm not definitely going with it). The ASRock ($170) is somewhat inconsistent and uses the slower USB 3.0 controller for at least some of its ports. The Asus seems to have very little problems, but is also $223 @ NCIX.
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May 4, 2012 12:46:24 PM

Also, do I have to get the z77 chipset? Should I even worry about other chipsets even if I can get others?
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a c 328 V Motherboard
May 4, 2012 5:33:24 PM

mxrcdude said:
Also, do I have to get the z77 chipset? Should I even worry about other chipsets even if I can get others?

Don't u want to have fast set up?

Its also feature rich and it has the latest goodies.
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a c 328 V Motherboard
May 4, 2012 5:35:09 PM

mxrcdude said:
So I'm pretty much just looking at the Asus, MSi, and ASRock. It seems like the MSi ($180 @ NCIX) has fit issues (the only reason I'm not definitely going with it). The ASRock ($170) is somewhat inconsistent and uses the slower USB 3.0 controller for at least some of its ports. The Asus seems to have very little problems, but is also $223 @ NCIX.

All 3 are good mobos. Similar in the quality.

Get the one that is close to your budget.

I am sure u want be disappointed.
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May 6, 2012 1:40:18 PM

I just wanted to check to make sure the chipset I was planning on using was the right choice. All three are in my budget (w/ the Asus pushing it), which is why I'm trying to get opinions on each.
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May 6, 2012 1:43:53 PM

Asus or ASrock

i am bulding my pc and i am going to buy ASrock.

Even tough asus is a higer price, it comes with more options.

but ASrock is just as good.

what is your budget?
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May 6, 2012 1:47:05 PM

mxrcdude said:
I just wanted to check to make sure the chipset I was planning on using was the right choice. All three are in my budget (w/ the Asus pushing it), which is why I'm trying to get opinions on each.



Go for Asus. is better than Msi, and ASrock. get it if you can afforded.
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May 7, 2012 4:15:55 AM

Best answer selected by mxrcdude.
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May 7, 2012 4:17:45 AM

mxrcdude said:
I went with the Asus P8Z77-V PRO for $200. Thank you guys.



good lucks.
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a c 328 V Motherboard
May 7, 2012 8:53:04 AM

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