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Need Motherboard to Support i7-3770K and Two PCIe2.0 Video Cards

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August 23, 2012 12:53:23 AM

Hi everyone,

I'm looking for a motherboard that can support the i7-3770K and two PCI-Express 2.0 video cards. With that in hand (along with some minor wants: 4x240-pin DIMM and at least 2x6Gb/s SATA), I found http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168....

But I'm not sure if this motherboard will take the two video cards in the PCI-Express 2.0 slots because it says "(1x, 4x)" next to it. Does anyone here know what that means? Will I be able to run the two video cards at their full speed?

If not, does anyone have a suggestion as to which motherboard would work for my requirements?

Thanks in advance!!
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August 23, 2012 1:58:28 AM

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

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.

Read the Toms review Seven Sub-$160 Z77 Express Motherboards, Reviewed
@ http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/z77-express-ivy-bri...

ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/asrock-z77-extreme-4-int...(x16)-d-sub-dvi-d-hdmi-a
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...


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August 23, 2012 1:58:50 AM

Your link is not good ...
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August 23, 2012 3:08:14 AM

Cool.

Why are u choosing the 3770K, instead of 3570K?
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August 23, 2012 3:08:18 AM

Hey Nikorr,

Thanks for your response! I figured it out.

The board that I was considering (2nd attempt, ASRock H77 Pro4-M: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...) would not have worked. I ended up calling EVGA about the video cards. So basically, the video cards need at least an x16 slot with PCI Express 2.0 x8 speed. So I needed to find a motherboard with 2 PCI Express 3.0/2.0 x16 slots that both can be at least x8 speed.

So your ASRock Z77 Extreme4 would work, but I already decided on MSI Z77MA-G45 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...), mainly because of lower cost.

Thanks again for your input! Much appreciated. :) 
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August 23, 2012 4:13:55 AM

It's not much, but for the slightly more L3 Cache (6MB vs 8MB) and clock speed (3.4GHz/3.8GHz vs 3.5GHz/3.9GHz).

As of today, it is a $110 difference. And to be honest, it's not that worth it. But for the next step up, it's the E3-1280V2, which is 0.1GHz more for $300ish more. Then it's the E3-1290V2, which is another 0.1GHz more for another $400ish more. So I guess I decided to stop after the $110 jump.
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August 23, 2012 4:18:29 AM

OK,

Do u edit videos and do other editing tasks or just playing the games?

I think we can save u some money here.
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August 23, 2012 4:20:07 AM

First, to get 3770K, is good for video editing and such.

#2, for gaming its not better than 3570K.

#3, Overclock is better. So get better mobo and overclock and enjoy it, if u do game only.
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August 23, 2012 4:27:54 AM

If u never OC'd before, its easy with this CPU and u can get ~30% more power.
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August 23, 2012 4:29:56 AM

Also, that MSI mobo choice is not good choice for 2 GPU card set up, as it is Micro ATX .

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