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Z77 Boards; Pro4 vs TZ77XE3 for 2560x1440

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August 28, 2012 4:26:05 AM

So I'm slowly finishing up my build. Unfortunately, it includes a 2560x1440 monitor, so I'm torn between 2 different paths;

1. ASRock Pro4 ($150) with 1 good GPU (2GB+), not sure yet. Save some money on a PSU, get a 650W maybe, save some money on electricity over the long-run (lol?!)

2. BIOSTAR TZ77XE3 ($140) - surprisingly cheaper, even though it has 2x pci-e 3.0. Then get an SLI solution, 850W PSU.

Ideas/suggestions which path to go?

Also, why is the ASRock Extreme4 so expensive ($180) compared to Biostar's at $140, I see almost identical features. If anything, I might as well get the $140 biostar, then have the option to go SLI down the road (unlikely though).
a b V Motherboard
August 28, 2012 11:52:28 AM

I'd go for the first option :) 

A good board and a GPU (And processor obv.) is all you need for an awesome rig!

:)  Have fun!
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August 28, 2012 3:41:07 PM

Why not the second board with only one card (mix of those 2 options)? I don't see $10 in value for the Pro4 over the TZX77E3...
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August 28, 2012 4:24:04 PM

Where are you getting these prices from? The ASRock on newegg is for 109 and the biostar is for 129!
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August 28, 2012 4:31:12 PM

And finally -

The ASRock has better RAM support (2800+), Biostar has 2600

The Biostar has two PCIe 3.0 Slots, the ASRock has 1

The ASRock has 2 MORE SATA 6GB/s Header (A BIG THING) and also better RAID support

ASRock has more USB 3.0 rear inputs

The ASRock has more connections (Fan, CIR, Com etc)

The ASRock is smaller


There you go :) 
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August 28, 2012 6:04:01 PM

The Canadian site lol.

Biostar: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Pro4: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Not planning on using 2800 Ram.
Not planning on using any more than 2 Sata 6gb/s, nor RAID.
I didn't see a difference in USB3.0's..
Again, not planning on using any of those controllers,
And the size? What? They're both ATX no?

And I would much rather prefer 1 extra PCI-E slot than not.. Do you know if there are any other boards that are of equal or better quality at that price level?
Thanks for the details and help btw
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August 28, 2012 11:25:07 PM

Best answer selected by Gloomfrost.
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August 30, 2012 5:40:22 AM

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