Mobo for 3570k; power phase design?

I'm going to build a new system with an I5 3570k, but I'm not sure which motherboard to chose.
I'm planning on (mild) OCing, and i figured out It's best to have a power phase design > 10+2, but I've found it very difficult to figure out a mobo's power phase design. Either I'm blind&stupid or most specs don't say a thing about it. So I'm looking for a Z77 with a powerphase design that works for OCing, but I don't need much other features, no sli or crossfire or anything, and I'm not very picky on the basic features. Preferably a low buget board.... any suggestions?
And also, is there a difference between a power phase design and a digital power phase design? or is it all the same?
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  1. Don't worry about that, mobos around $160 will OC to past 4.5GHz stable.
  2. This one is great overclocker, popular with gamer's and with great price tag : )

    P8Z77-V PRO LGA 1155 Z77

    $169.99 if purchased with the i5 3570K processor if u live near Microcenter.

    AMD 3-Way CrossFireX
    AMD CrossFireX
    AMD Quad-GPU CrossFireX
    NVIDIA SLI
    NVIDIA Quad-GPU SLI
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131819
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0386887

  3. It all depends on how much u wanna spend : )


    And one more performer, GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H

    Great mobo from Gigabyte for very good price! Comes loaded like the ASUS mobos.

    I really like this board.

    $10 promotional gift card w/ purchase, ends 5/28

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128545



    Bluetooth 4.0 + WiFi module.



  4. thanks for your suggestions! but it does sting to have to pay for features I won't even be using. I don't really need a loaded board, I need a good overclocker but I don't need any multi gpu solutions. I guess it's to much to ask for a board that has a great power phase design but no other extra (read: expensive) features... Well, I'll consider these, thanks for your help!
  5. This one will OC fine too.
    ASRock Z77 Extreme4-M LGA

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157294

  6. BTW, whats your budget for the mobo?
  7. Is there a difference between a power phase design and a digital power phase design? or is it all the same?

    Its different for different mobo makers, but it all does all the same, just different way.
  8. well, I could pay $170 for a board, if that's necessary for a mobo that has what I need, I could afford it. But I'd rather pay less and have a mobo that has what I need ànd doesn't have what I don't need.
  9. Great thanks! there's just so much information out there, it's difficult to chose the one that's right for me. but you really helped me so that's nice ^^
  10. The mATX is a bit smaller, but if u don't need all the extras, than in the combination with great CPU + quality CPU cooler (I would go for the water cooling) u could have quiet and powerful PC.

    http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z77E-ITX

    $149.99

    Digi Power Design, 6 + 2 Power Phase Design

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157312

    $149.99
  11. but isn't it better to have a 12+2 or 16+2 powerphase design if I going to oc? Beceause that way the power suply to the cpu is more spread and all? I've been looking in to this for a while and I concluded that a powerphase design over 10 + 2 would be best
  12. Guy that bought it on the Newegg wrote...

    Pros: Bios is easy to use and configure. overclocks my 2500k to 4.6 easy. Upgrading to Ivy i7 later so I can get full benefits of this board.
    PCI-e 3.0 with plenty of usb 3.0 ports, internal usb 3.0 for front panel as well.
    Awesome for a mini ITX gaming rig.

    Cons: the stock antenna that came for the WLAN feels cheap, the wires aren't very durable at all, but does have a decent connection. Reccommed buying after market.

    Other Thoughts: I would not recommend using the INSTALL ALL option when installing the drivers from CD. I just installed the Network drivers and got the rest online.


    Current rig:
    Lian-li PC-tu200b case
    This board
    8gb Mushkin Silverline DDR3 1333
    Powercolor Radeon 7850 2gb
    i5 2500k
    Antec Kuhler 620
    WD Caviar 1tb
  13. And another one

    Pros: Changed cpu from i5 2500k to an i7 2700k. With Corsair H60 h20 ran at 5.3mhz idled @ 27/28 Flt SimX maxed out hgih 40's occasional 50's. OC'd with as rock tuning utility, just set cpu slider on 5.3 with no other mod's, except turbo voltage increased in bios up .3. (My other AS Rock full size ATA will only OC to around 4.8 i7 2600k). super pi 1mm @ 7.29 sec, temps were in the 40's ... very impressed with the mini itx Z77, no complaints, great job AS Rock.
    I use the computer to trade stocks and options with many screens (5) and nothing but silky smooth and fast 24/7. Play the demanding Flt Sim X and it's maxed out incredible good.

    Cons: Nada

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157312
  14. They are using more precise,

    more efficient digital pulse-width modulation (PWM),

    the ASRock motherboard can provide CPU Vcore voltage more efficiently and smoothly.

    Compared to analog PWM, digital PWM can optimize the CPU power solution and

    provide a proper and stable Vcore for the processor.
  15. I was planning on cooling the cpu with a Gelid Tranquillo Rev.2 or a Scythe Mugen 2 Rev. B with arctic silver 5 paste, but if I can save a few bucks on the mobo, maybe I'll spent it on wathercooling. Is wather cooling worth the money if I'm not to ambitious with my oc?
  16. nikorr said:
    They are using more precise,

    more efficient digital pulse-width modulation (PWM),

    the ASRock motherboard can provide CPU Vcore voltage more efficiently and smoothly.

    Compared to analog PWM, digital PWM can optimize the CPU power solution and

    provide a proper and stable Vcore for the processor.


    That sounds good, although I have to admit I don't understand all of it, but I'll google it to make sure I understand ^^
  17. 305090 said:
    That sounds good, although I have to admit I don't understand all of it, but I'll google it to make sure I understand ^^

    It just mean that the old systems with 10+2 are no better than this 6+2, anymore.

    I was watching some video where ASUS guy explained the new digital tech, it was cool video.

    That is why this mobo uses premium parts.
  18. nikorr said:
    It just mean that the old systems with 10+2 are no better than this 6+2, anymore.

    Thanks!
  19. Thanx to Corsair who came up with easy to install solution, its worth every penny.

    It cools better than air solution and its quiet.

    This one would be ideal for your CPU and OC.

    There is no more obstruction of the RAM and the whole case doesn't need that many fans, because it runs cooler and u don't have the cooler sitting on the CPU and from there everything inside is getting warmer.

    This one u can install inside or outside, the radiator. And if it should ever leak, it is not conductive, so it would not kill your mobo, CPU and all the other components.

    http://www.newegg.com/Store/BrandSubCategory.aspx?Brand=1459&SubCategory=575&name=Corsair-Water-Liquid-Cooling



  20. And here is the radiator installed outside.

  21. 305090 said:
    Thanks!

    You're welcome : )
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