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Need a mothebroard for an i5 3570k, thinking asrock or asus

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May 7, 2012 11:07:51 PM

I will be upgrading from a 955BE to a 3570k toward the end of this month and am trying to decide what motherboard to get, i will likely overclock the 3570k to around 4.2-4.5 ghz (using a hyper 212+)

I am looking at the asrock z77 extreme 4 right now, i have an asrock 890gxpro3 in my amd computer now and i like it it hasnt given me any problems, but i am open to trying other brands.

the other boards i kind of looked at include the gigabyte z77 ud3h and the asus p8z77-v pro

i sort of cant see spending 80 more to get the asus but if there is a good reason to i would, the only thing i will be plugging into it is a 7850 (will probably crossfire in the future so definitely would like at least x8x8 pcie), and my hdd (eventually an ssd, i have an ocz vertex original 120gb but im kind of scared of it failing and want to avoid a headache,i got it from a friend so ill buy my own one day)

here are links to the 3 boards i mentioned:
Asrock - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Asus - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Gigabyte - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
May 8, 2012 2:13:56 PM

If you aren't going to be adding a separate sound card I would suggest going with the higher end choice since the audio is, apparently, noticeably better.

Here's a comparison rundown of how these boards performed it is interesting to note that the gigabyte board in this comparison is the Z77X-UD3H:

http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/z77-extreme6-z77a-gd65-z7...

The gigabyte UD5H has reviews here:

http://www.techradar.com/reviews/pc-mac/pc-components/m...

http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/4680/gigabyte_z77x_ud5...

In a nutshell: The boards have very similar performance and the choice is going to come down to personal preference for brand or for the layout / design of the board.
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May 8, 2012 6:49:41 PM

I think i may end up going for the ud5h with 1600mhz skill ripjaws and a 3570k, is there any reason you picked the as rock board over the others as one for oc'ing?

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May 8, 2012 7:12:51 PM

Check out memory oc of them + price
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