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Help deciding on Sabertooth vs Pro Z77

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July 27, 2012 5:49:34 AM

I’m attempting to build my 1st desktop PC and I’m having a problem deciding on a motherboard. I’ve been going back and forth between ASUS Sabertooth and Pro motherboards for literally hours and I’m just stuck at making a decision. I was going to get Sabertooth but the more I look at the “armor” the more I wonder if it’s just a gimmick. Also, I read that the little fans that come with the Sabertooth are a bit loud. The Pro version seems OK.

I really could use other’s opinions on these two motherboards. It would really be appreciated.

Here’s a really rough draft on the preliminary parts I’m looking at to give you an idea of where I’m going with it. There will be minimal overclocking, if any and I don’t do a huge amount of gaming. Budget is pretty open:

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
Motherboard: ASUS Z77 Sabertooth or Pro
CPU Cooler: Hyper 212 EVO & Artic Silver 5 thermal paste (fan to replace stock fan)
Memory: Corsair vengeance, G.Skill, or Crucial 2 X 8GB sticks of ram
Hard Drive: Western Digital 1 TB 7200 RPM
Hard Drive: Samsung or Crucial 256 GB SSD (advantage vs cost?)
Video Card: ASUS GTX 670
Case: ? (will pick last)
Power Supply: Corsair or cooler master Power Supply (no idea what wattage)
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July 27, 2012 6:04:37 AM

the sabertooths "armor" is a gimmick for its price if you need confirmation on that.
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July 27, 2012 6:05:02 AM

i have the sabertooth mb..as long as you put the small fans on man and allow the mb to turn them off. they wont spin at there max 4000 rpm.. little buggers :)  some people fine that if there going to sli the other mini fan gets in the way on this mb. i got this mb for it looks. it does look cool in a black and silver or gold theam case. the mb is taller then a stock mb.. had to remove some case fans on the antec one to slid the mb in. if you live in a dusty zone the sabertooth dust covers are nice. if it not the look you want then i would go with the other mb..or one wiht built in wifi and bluetooth.
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July 27, 2012 6:10:37 AM

If you only plan on running one 670 a 650Watt would be ideal PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($30.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V PRO ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($127.85 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($419.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF XM (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($134.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1586.73
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-27 02:14 EDT-0400)
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July 27, 2012 6:35:12 AM

Thanks for the posts so far. The last desktop PC I had was a Dell XPS from 2006 so I'm definitely out of the loop, lol.

Thanks for all the information and advice so far. It's definitely helping me.
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July 27, 2012 10:13:47 PM

Another problem I have is that the lower priced models have legacy ports which I'll never use and the higher priced models have eSATA ports. What I don't understand is why, on the higher priced motherboards, there are 2 eSATA ports? Isn't that just for enthusiast for external HDs?
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July 28, 2012 11:52:33 PM

most of the low end mb are for work pc and low cost gaming rigs. one keybord with mouse..printer and vga monitor. (old 15 inch ones). if the gamer was lucky they had a old nvidia 8800 in it. or it someone with and old dell using as many old parts as they can. some vendors before they ship x product they ask for feedback from people and gamers. to make there product better. right now most of the bug fixes have been placement of sata and power ports..there not blocked by video cards. or there wires going over the mb. the other issue is most mb vendors are one to two years behind what gamers want on there gaming mb. right now intel thuderbolt it making it way on new top end mb.
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August 8, 2012 1:54:42 AM

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August 8, 2012 1:59:27 AM

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