I am look for a good 'bang for buck' and reliable motherboard for my new i7-3770k CPU. I plan to run my PC 24/7 and running CPU intensive numerical analysis and gaming.
All along I was planning on going for the Asrock Extreme4, however, through my research I have managed to find a Asus P8Z77-V Intel Z77 for roughly the same price as the Asrock Extreme4, what are your suggestions on which would be the better motherboard to go for? I have posted the links below.
Depends on the rest of your specifications? Can you give us some more detail?
What is your setup? Are you running sli? Is the purpose of the board built for speed and gaming?
Here is my current build
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Numerical and computational analysis, engineering software (CAD, FEA, etc), Work, Gaming, expected to be running most of the time, sometimes 24/7 at high loads.
Are you buying a monitor: No, using my current monitors and hd tv via hdmi connection.
Do you need to buy OS: No, using Windows 7 64 bit
Overclocking: Not initially, but want to overclock in the future.
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, want to leave the option open.
OCZ ZS 750W Power Supply (PURCHASED)
Antec 300 Three Hundred Two Case + 3/4 Case Fans (PURCHASED)
AsRock Z77 Extreme4 Motherboard (Socket 1155, Intel Z77, Up to 32GB DDR3, ATX, 2 x SATA3 6.0 Gb/s, Supports NVIDIA SLI and AMD CrossFireX, Premium Gold Caps) (NOT DECIDED YET)
Intel 3rd Generation Core i7-3770k (PURCHASED)
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo Processor cooler (to be added later when overclocking, using stock to start with)
Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
LiteOn iHAS124 SATA DVD Write Optical Drive
Sapphire 11179-09-20G HD 6870 1GB GDDR5 Graphics Card
Seagate 1TB Barracuda SATA 6Gb/s 64MB 7200RPM Hard Drive
SSD (to be added later)