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Best z77 Mobo for under $160

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May 9, 2012 2:35:29 AM

this is my build right now, what is the best mobo for it. im looking at my asus or the asrock extreme 4 z77 or gigabte z77. doesnt matter, which is the best meaning what will have the longest life and better features
Country: Canada- Medicine Hat Alberta:: 3hours from Calgary AB
Budget: Under $1100
Websites: Any that ship to canada, Newegg,ncix,tigerdirect,memory express,vuugo,amazon etc. canada websites
Usage: Ncomputing box to like 2-3 computers as a host, quickbooks, starcarft 2 without graphics card!!, and business stuff like that: I want the computer to be FAST!
Parts needed: SSD, I7 3770K, Sick Lighted up case that is cheap like the Azza Spartan,
Parts not needed: windows 7, keyboard, screen mouse, graphics card, cd drive, not excess periphals
Company preference: Doesnt matter, kinda on the ASUS side for mobos but doesnt matter, i rather get the best one then the one i have in mind! LOL
My build in mind:

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($359.99 @ Memory Express)
CPU Cooler: Thermalright Silver Arrow CPU Cooler ($69.99 @ Memory Express)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($141.95 @ DirectCanada)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($83.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($125.92 @ Amazon Canada)
Hard Drive: Seagate Constellation ES 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($121.99 @ Vuugo)
Case: Azza Spartan CSAZ-102E ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ NCIX)
Power Supply: Corsair 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Canada Computers)
Total: $1018.81
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-05-08 19:00 EDT-0400)

IF THERE IS ANYTHING BETTER THAT YOU KNOW OF BETWEEN $5-15 PRICE RANGE PLEASE POST.
sorry for caps



To get stuff straight: I wanna go quad channel ram because it is faster: i need a big ssd over 120gb for cheap and would like a GOOD cpu cooler,: i picked the thermal right silver arrow cuz i heard its beast: i dont wanna go noctua d14 cuz its too expensive, if theres anything better for a close $5-10 price please tell me.

Will my psu have enough power?

thamks

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May 9, 2012 6:58:45 AM

You could cut over $100 if you go with an i5 3570K. The 3570k and 3770k have pretty much the same overclocking potential. Unless you need the hyperthreading, the 3570K would be a lot better for your build. This could free up some of your budget for a D14 and possibly a better PSU. Since you're not running a discreet graphics card, your computer could run off a 400w PSU. So it is definitely enough. When i say a better PSU i mean better efficiency rating, not more wattage
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May 9, 2012 7:19:52 AM

I personally would start at 2x8g instead of 4x4g ram just because if you do need the extra ram for something, you can put it in. plus its not much more expensive.

And since you don't want/need a video card basically anything is available to you. (since most motherboards have the exact same specs with few differences, pcie slots, usbs, fans, crossfire/SLi capability, ram slots)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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May 9, 2012 7:54:56 AM

edit: nvm caught a mistake
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May 9, 2012 8:06:19 AM

dudewitbow said:
edit: nvm caught a mistake


What ?
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May 9, 2012 1:49:26 PM

so Asrock extreme 4 z77 over the Asus p8z77-v-lk, or gigabyte z77 boards, thanks for the reply.
Im going with the i7 3770k, because i want my computer to have like one of the best i7 available, and later on in life i might even move into like apps that will be using hyperthreading. thanks
I tend to stay away from MSI, because alot of people say its shitty, even the people in tech shops in my area.
and i want to get 16gb ram, because i ran most of all these apps on my old build which had a i5 2500k, ocz agility 3 ssd 60gb, and 8gb 2133 ram, and my ram was above 75 percent.
i want to get 16gb so i get quad channel ram. is my mobo compatible with quad channel ram?
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May 9, 2012 2:03:22 PM

z77 extreme is dual channel
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May 9, 2012 2:06:48 PM

OMG pick one post and stay there. I'll say it here too tho so you don't miss it... The Z77 chipset is dual channel. Period. Two sticks or four sticks, it's dual channel.

You need an X79 chipset to get quad channel.
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May 9, 2012 3:11:23 PM

Okay. I'll go 2x8gb then. Yeah I picked that ssd. I might just go with the as rock. What is the difference between the Asqus z77 vs the as rock? I heard Asus is features and quality and asrock is features and low price.


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