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Help choosing a Z77 board! ($100-$200)

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July 22, 2012 5:02:54 AM

There are just so many choices in that price range and it is difficult for me to tell the difference.

I will be making a gaming build with an i5 3570k and either a gtx660ti when it comes out or a radeon 7950 when the 660ti comes out and its price inevitably drops.

Can you guys suggest a board for me? I pretty much will just be using it for gaming on 2 24" 1920x1080 monitors.

I am partial to gigabyte,(though if you look at reviews for the ud5h, a lot of people complain about DOA and "boot loop" problems), ASUS, and ASrock. Also I will be overclocking.

Models I am already familar with include:
Gigabyte ud3h and ud5h
ASUS P8Z77-V pro (and all its other permutations)
ASrock extreme4/6

I have read this TH article: Six Z77 boards and it hasn't helped me much because the prices have changed since then, and I don't really understand the nuances in their features still. Does it not really matter?

I'd like some opinions! Please and thank you.
a c 329 V Motherboard
July 22, 2012 5:14:08 AM

U can definitely use this one -> ASRock Z77 Performance
What about this one? $150
ASRock Z77 Performance LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Digi Power,XFast 555,Virtu MVP,Fatal1ty Mouse Port
You are getting pretty good CPU, it deserves a decent quality mobo.

This one will let u OC much easier and it will stay stable even in higher overclock.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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July 22, 2012 5:27:52 AM

Nikorr, what makes you lean towards the ASUS? Is there something besdies the fact that it is on sale?

I am just wondering. The + or - $40 between midrange Z77 boards doesnt bother me. I am more interested in figuring out the difference between their features. Is it really going to matter to me, or should I just go with the best sale?
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July 22, 2012 5:32:24 AM

Nikorr, what makes you lean towards the ASUS? Is there something besdies the fact that it is on sale?

I am just wondering. The + or - $40 between midrange Z77 boards doesnt bother me. I am more interested in figuring out the difference between their features. Is it really going to matter to me, or should I just go with the best sale?

EDIT:

I supposed I could narrow it down to choosing between the ASrock extreme4/extreme6 and the Gigabyte UD3H/UD5H.
I just need help in two areas:
1. ASrock vs. Gigabyte
2. $140ish vs. $180ish

What's your opinion guys?
I might have to wait for the next TH Z77 benchmark article!!
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a c 329 V Motherboard
July 22, 2012 5:35:16 AM

ForYourHealth said:
Nikorr, what makes you lean towards the ASUS? Is there something besdies the fact that it is on sale?

I am just wondering. The + or - $40 between midrange Z77 boards doesnt bother me. I am more interested in figuring out the difference between their features. Is it really going to matter to me, or should I just go with the best sale?

Quality parts deserves quality board.

I like ASUS, its decent board with great OC capability.

Its stable due to quality power design and quality parts.

All the other parts are good quality


Importance of the parts.

#1 PSU
#2 MOBO + RAM + CPU + GPU
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a c 329 V Motherboard
July 22, 2012 5:40:30 AM

U can definitely use this one -> ASRock Z77 Extreme 4 -> ... Latest Z77...

But, its just probably 1 of 3 best cheapest mobo's out there.

I just build PC with this mobo and I like the BIOS, its looks like this.

Works as expected @ 4.4GHz



That is a great mobo choice for the CPU. It has good power design for OC.


ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...


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July 22, 2012 3:03:07 PM

And you don't think there is much reason to go with the ASrock Z77 extreme6 over the extreme4?

It costs about $50 more and I'm wonding if you think the extra features are worth the price increase.

The extreme6 is tom's hardware recommended too!

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Also, you haven't mentioned anything about the Gigabyte ud5h/ud3h. Do you have something against gigabyte?
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July 22, 2012 3:33:13 PM

under $200,i would suggest a P8Z77-V(nikorr already did) or gigabyte z77x-ud5h.
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July 22, 2012 4:44:33 PM

hellfire24 said:
under $200,i would suggest a P8Z77-V(nikorr already did) or gigabyte z77x-ud5h.


Do you have a reason for that hellfire? Why do you limit it down to ASUS vs. Gigabyte and have you used both/either? Which is your personal preference and why?
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July 22, 2012 5:04:39 PM

for me,Asus>Gigabyte.but you can't go wrong with either as both of them provide top notch quality boards.UD5H provides you every possible feature(SLi/CF,beast overclocker,plenty of ports,raid support,solid build quality and other goodies)for a reasonable price.
so in this case,my vote goes to gigabyte z77x-ud5h.here is the link if you are interested-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
here are some reliable reviews-
http://www.kitguru.net/components/motherboard/zardon/gi...
http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/4680/gigabyte_z77x_ud5...
http://www.overclock3d.net/reviews/cpu_mainboard/gigaby...
as you can see,the board is very capable.
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July 22, 2012 5:07:43 PM

I suggest the ASUS P8Z77 series. But be careful, with ASUS boards, they are usually fine, but when you need service, ASUS can be very horrible (nowadays).
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July 22, 2012 5:15:26 PM

I would get the ASRock Z77 Extreme4, the Extreme6 has some features such as an extra PCIe slot, some extra ports in the back, etc.
I don't think it's worth paying for however, the Extreme4 has the best value.
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July 22, 2012 7:34:36 PM

I suppose ASRock has been getting its fair share of good reviews across the web lately. If you pick up one of the better ASRock boards, you might be safe.

In another suggestion, the MSI GD65 board has received lots of good reviews, including a raving one at HardOCP where Kyle said that he has observed very reliable stability consistently for the GD65 series of boards since his last build based on Z68 chipsets. As a bonus, this board is heavily discounted frequently because MSI has released the same board more or less but with Thunderbird ports.
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