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July 12, 2012 1:09:34 AM

So I am on my 2nd Asrock extreme3 gen3 z68 motherboard and am having power issues and USB freezing issues, I am sick of it and am going to purchase a new board from a different company. I am wondering what you experienced users think of the Asus P8Z77-V LK...http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I have a Sandybridge i5 2500k and will be using that for quite some time until I feel an actual need to upgrade. However I might as well buy a z77 board because it is newer than the z68 and still supports Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge. Please if you have any better suggestions on boards in the $150 range...much appreciated.

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July 12, 2012 1:59:30 AM

anyone?
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July 12, 2012 2:17:17 AM

Wonderful, it is z68, however what about the Z77 asus board...wouldnt it make more sense to upgrade to the z77 because it is the newest chipset though? or is that board simpley not good.
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a c 328 V Motherboard
July 12, 2012 2:21:57 AM

Not really, your SB CPU will not take advantage of that board more than Z68 features.

This mobo is much better than the one u posted. It has 12+4 phases, much better for OC.

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a c 328 V Motherboard
July 12, 2012 2:23:56 AM

In less than a year, there is new Intel CPU coming, Haswell and it is 15-30% faster that IB CPU.
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July 12, 2012 2:25:46 AM

will it be z77 or nobody knows yet?
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a c 328 V Motherboard
July 12, 2012 2:26:37 AM

No, whole new thing. Bigger too.
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July 12, 2012 2:27:51 AM

ok im going to go with the board you posted thank you very much for your info and time, its much appreciated good sir!
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July 12, 2012 2:28:29 AM

if it is DOA im going to blame you! Lol j/k
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a c 328 V Motherboard
July 12, 2012 2:29:06 AM

U'll love that mobo.

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a c 328 V Motherboard
July 12, 2012 2:31:30 AM

Check the size difference : ))

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July 12, 2012 2:40:14 AM

oh jeeze i guess the trend or fad must be over of getting cpu's as small as possible.
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a c 328 V Motherboard
July 12, 2012 3:05:48 AM

In 20 years. lol
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July 12, 2012 3:35:08 AM

Nikor if you are still there, do you have any idea what size hexagonal wrench the Hyper 212 bolts are? I lost mine and being it on a motherboard I am not about to attempt and use a random wrench to get my mounts off. Anyway of finding out what size that is so i can go to local auto store and buy a tool of that size?
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a c 328 V Motherboard
July 12, 2012 3:37:13 AM

No, I don't know. But check the manual for the cooler, it should say it in there.
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July 12, 2012 3:37:59 AM

hmm maybe if i can find it online, i dont have the manual either lol
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a c 328 V Motherboard
July 12, 2012 3:41:39 AM

Sorry, its not there.

Don't u have at home any of these?

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July 12, 2012 3:46:26 AM

yeah i have allen wrenches, i thought it was a special hex wrench socket that fit over top of the nut, ill look again.
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a c 328 V Motherboard
July 12, 2012 3:48:12 AM

I don't remember that.
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a c 328 V Motherboard
July 12, 2012 3:48:37 AM

I used the tools packed with it.
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July 12, 2012 3:51:16 AM

Yeah its a special hex socket...if i knew the size id pick 1 up, ill call coolermaster tomorrow.
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July 12, 2012 4:18:33 AM

Nikorr how much ram do you have on that motherboard and do you use the coolermaster hyper 212? this Asrock motherboard, the hyper 212 covers 1 of my dimms so i cant utilize it
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a c 328 V Motherboard
July 12, 2012 4:30:08 AM

This one will fit fine, ..

I recommend CORSAIR Vengeance 99% of the time, quality RAM and low profile with XMP profile.
And if u will get an aftermarket CPU cooler, low profile is the worry free remedy with perfect fit with any large cooler.
CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Vengeance Low Profile heat spreaders have a reduced height of 1.03" (26.25mm). They're designed for high-performance systems with extra-large CPU coolers, small form factor system builds, or any other space-constrained application where standard Vengeance memory might not fit.

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a c 328 V Motherboard
July 12, 2012 4:30:39 AM

Or 8GB


CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Vengeance Low Profile heat spreaders have a reduced height of 1.03" (26.25mm). They're designed for high-performance systems with extra-large CPU coolers, small form factor system builds, or any other space-constrained application where standard Vengeance memory might not fit.

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