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Which ASUS Z77-V Mobo?

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August 26, 2012 10:50:34 PM

Hello everyone.

I'm putting together a gaming PC and I'm having a lot of trouble trying to figure out which ASUS Z77 Motherboard to select. I'd like to keep it in the $200 range give or take $50, but obviously I'm always happy to save a few bucks.

I plan to use:

- i5 3570K
- Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo (might switch for a different model? Noctua NH-D14? Dunno)
- Corsair CML16GX3M4A1600C9B Vengeance Low Profile
- Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 OC 980MHZ 2GB
- Corsair Professional HX750W 750W ATX 12V 62A 24PIN ATX Modular Power Supply
- Intel 520 Series 120GB 2.5IN SSD
- Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA3 6GB/S 7200RPM
- Corsair Carbide Series 500R Mid-Tower Gaming Case ATX 4X5.25 6X3.5INT USB 1394

I want to go with ASUS because of their reputation for quality products. If I don't have to buy *the* most expensive board I'd rather put the cash towards a different component.

So do I plan to OC the CPU? Yes, I'd like to try. Do I plan to OC the GPU? If it isn't too hard to do, you bet, I'll try to get all the performance I can out of it. I'll mostly be playing FPS's, BF3, Arma II/DayZ, some RTS, Skyrim etc.

The only feature I'd really like in the motherboard is integrated Wi-Fi. Where the gaming PC will be makes it impossible to run cable (unless I run about 300 feet of it or so). Maybe there's a better option than Wi-Fi? Maybe not?

I'm not sure what else to look for in a motherboard to be honest. I find selecting this to be the most confusing part of this process.

For instance, what's the difference between:

ASUS P8Z77-V Lk @ $135
and the
ASUS P8Z77-V Pro @ $213
and the
ASUS P8Z77-V @ $195

Help.. I'm confused. There doesn't seem to be an easy compare ASUS board X to Y to Z tool anywhere, or if there is my google skills aren't up to finding it.

Really appreciate anybody who takes the time to help me pick the right board.

- J

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August 26, 2012 11:01:26 PM

Here ya go: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...|13-131-837^DM%2C13-131-820^sCB%2C13-131-819^sCB&bop=And&ActiveSearchResult=True&Type=1&Item=N82E16813131837

My own recommendation of those 3 is the P8Z77-V. The LK is neutered a bit (weak power phase design and less OC friendly BIOS, among other things) and the Pro doesn't really add much (2 extra internal USB 3.0 connectors, mainly).
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