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Single GTX 670, possible SLI in future w/ i5 2500k, help!

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June 9, 2012 8:11:17 AM

Hey there everyone.
I'm looking for a mobo in the $120~$200 price range with capabilities to overclock and SLI.

I currently have an EVGA GTX 670 FTW card, and I might buy another one for SLI - so I need a board with SLI features.
I also need a board that comes with a built-in LAN / wireless system.

In addition! I'm going to be overclocking my computer with a i5-2500k processor, so I will need a good board for OCing as well..

Currently I have my eyes set on the ASUS P8Z77-V ($189), and Gigabyte's GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 ($139).
I'm new to the whole motherboard & computer building scene so I need some help!

Recommend me some good alternatives, or if my choices (P8Z77-V and GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3) is adequate. Personally I'm leaning towards the P8Z77-V but I feel like I could find a board with the same capabilities for cheaper, maybe $140 somewhere on the Internet - it's just that I'm not good with this stuff. :p 

Thanks in advance,

aurealis5
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June 9, 2012 9:21:50 AM

Any of them are good for you but if you're worried about cash get the Z68 one. The main difference is that a Z77 motherboard when used with an Ivy Bridge CPU will allow you to use PCIe 3.0 however since PCIe is backwards compatible a 3.0 GPU will run perfectly on a 2.0 slot.
You can probably get a cheaper Z68 motherboard if you use other brands (Biostar for instance)
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June 9, 2012 9:45:31 AM

for $190,P8Z77-V is your best choice.the board is a solid overclocker and supports almost every feature you mentioned.so i would suggest going with P8Z68-V.
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June 9, 2012 12:50:51 PM

Personally, i am kind of a fan of the micro ATX boards, because I don't use an external sound card, raid or even a thunderbolt card. If you do find yourself needing them, you might want to consider otherwise.
They are capable still capable of delivering 8x/8x PCI-E 3.0 with IVY BRIDGE and ridiculous 2600MHz ram speed (via OC).
Most Z77 boards are capable of decent overclocking, and I would like to suggest these boards.

MSI Z77MA-G45 @ $120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS Maximus V Gene @ $200
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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June 9, 2012 1:38:38 PM

KelvinTy said:
Personally, i am kind of a fan of the micro ATX boards, because I don't use an external sound card, raid or even a thunderbolt card. If you do find yourself needing them, you might want to consider otherwise.
They are capable still capable of delivering 8x/8x PCI-E 3.0 with IVY BRIDGE and ridiculous 2600MHz ram speed (via OC).
Most Z77 boards are capable of decent overclocking, and I would like to suggest these boards.

MSI Z77MA-G45 @ $120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS Maximus V Gene @ $200
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


I actually considered the ASUS Maximum V Gene..
But what I want to ask is..

1) There isn't an onboard LAN is there? I do not want to spend another $25 for an onboard LAN device.
2) What's the big difference between mATX and ATX boards? Is it just the size? I have a Cooler Master HAF 912 mid-size tower that should fit ATX boards. I don't see the point of getting a mATX board.. :o 
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June 9, 2012 3:33:56 PM

ATX>m-ATX
ATX-
more expansion slots
more ram slots
better overclocking
support larger coolers
overall better.
you should consider a m-atx board only if you are going to build a small form factor build.
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June 9, 2012 4:11:11 PM

Well it depends on your 'real' OC and 'real' OC'ing plans, long term I prefer 12 Phases to the CPU which the ASUS P8Z77-V Pro offers. Assuming 'Gaming' then I also prefer an Intel LAN chipset. The UD3 series are in leagues with the 'LE or 'LX' versions from ASUS, and if considering Gigabyte then zone in on the UD5 series.

The Sabertooth Z77 offers 8 Phases but with active cooling (fans) to both the Chipset and VRM only aides in system stability.

IF a MOBO has a ton of Phases but are poorly implemented then there's little benefit. The Phases are like steps and the smoother the steps (more = smooth/less = rough) the less likely the CPU will drop-out with a lower vCore .

I'm kind of confused here, you have an i5-2500K and a GTX 670, and are now looking for a MOBO to call home?! Given the choice and in keeping the components 'balanced' my picks:
CPU: i5-3570K
MOBO: ASUS Sabertooth Z77
GPU: GTX 670 (EVGA or ASUS)
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June 10, 2012 1:02:02 AM

jaquith said:
Well it depends on your 'real' OC and 'real' OC'ing plans, long term I prefer 12 Phases to the CPU which the ASUS P8Z77-V Pro offers. Assuming 'Gaming' then I also prefer an Intel LAN chipset. The UD3 series are in leagues with the 'LE or 'LX' versions from ASUS, and if considering Gigabyte then zone in on the UD5 series.

The Sabertooth Z77 offers 8 Phases but with active cooling (fans) to both the Chipset and VRM only aides in system stability.

IF a MOBO has a ton of Phases but are poorly implemented then there's little benefit. The Phases are like steps and the smoother the steps (more = smooth/less = rough) the less likely the CPU will drop-out with a lower vCore .

I'm kind of confused here, you have an i5-2500K and a GTX 670, and are now looking for a MOBO to call home?! Given the choice and in keeping the components 'balanced' my picks:
CPU: i5-3570K
MOBO: ASUS Sabertooth Z77
GPU: GTX 670 (EVGA or ASUS)


Do I really need that beast of a motherboard?
For now I have a P8Z77-V PRO in my cart for $209.
For CPU, what's the BIG difference between i5-2500k and i5-3570k? I've been reading things online and well - I won't be doing CRAZY overclocking. Maybe just modest stuff up to like 4.3GHz, maybe 4.5 if I'm bent on OCing.

I think my setup will be um..
i5-2500k, P8Z77-V PRO, EVGA GTX 670 FTW (x2 in future)
That $30 saved on i5-3570k will go towards a SSD in the future. (I don't have an SSD yet.)
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June 10, 2012 1:36:29 AM

If it's about need then get the i5-3550 (or ANY SB 2-core e.g. i3-2100 (most games); I suggest 4-core SB/IB e.g. i5-2400), ASUS P8B75-V, F3-10600CL9D-8GBNT 2x4GB DDR3-1333 CAS 9, and find the cheapest GPU that provides ~45FPS for the games you play.

The above will give you 98%+ of either the i5-2500K or i5-3570K performance, Gaming is 97%+ the GPU with even a halfway decent CPU.

GPU's - e.g. HD 7950 or cheapest GTX 670 you can find. Keep in mind, your monitor is more than likely 60Hz = 60FPS and IF you enable vSync (in most cases a good idea) you're locked-in @ 60FPS even with 4-WAY GTX 680's OC'ed to the gills.

You need NONE of even what you posted, and you need SLI GTX 670's like a hole in your head to boot. So it becomes more than need, it becomes what you WANT and what makes sense to YOU. I like the IB for one reason -- you get PCIe 3.0 support which will make sense once 4K monitors become available...

$500 Build BF3:


vs a GPU's alone that cost more and once vSync'd anything >60FPS gets reduced-down to 60FPS:


CPU's effects:

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June 20, 2012 12:51:11 AM

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June 20, 2012 12:54:46 AM

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