Best Z77 mobo for CPU OC, NO SLI.

Hey I am after a very good and stable mobo that can overclock well, like the gigabyte Z77X-UD5 but with only ONE PCIe 3.0 Gfx slot. That way I will save some money on the overall system since I do not intend to run SLI in the future. Only two Sata 6Gb/s slots are needed.

It has to be durable and able to OC my components well.

Thanks for the help.
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  1. I don't think you'll find any higher end boards with only one PCIE slot. The manufacturers just don't seem to make them.
  2. That sucks. At least the Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard is on sale today for only $130.

    But I will see what other people have to say first.
  3. you might want to check out AsRock's new motherboard. It can be found at Newegg for ~ $250 (includes shipping). AsRock's product page is http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.us.asp?Model=Z77%20OC%20Formula
  4. Have you checked out Maximus V Gene? Asus make amazing MoBos. If you look at top overclock benchmarks, 80% use the Rampage IV Extreme from ASUS.

    Yes, it has 2 PCI, but its their cheapest ROG board. It is a Micro ATX board (very small) and yet they still fit it with 2 PCI. Besides, an extra PCI can be used for other things, not just video cards (sound card for example).
  5. Woah that new AsRock looks hot! But my budget for a mobo is $150.
  6. How about the ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ?

    Yes, it's SLI capable, but for the price, I'm not sure that you'll find a better board.
  7. irlwizard said:
    That sucks. At least the Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard is on sale today for only $130.

    But I will see what other people have to say first.

    That's a great board.
  8. Yeah, the gigabyte has mSata... Why doesn´t AsRock have that on even their more extreme and expensive versions. Weird.

    Edit: Is it possible to use software from other mobo manufacturers on any mobo. Example. If I find a disc, can I install the AsRock Xfast USB, LAN on a system that has Gigabyte mobo? Because the AsRock softwares seem good. I know you can MSI Afterburn with any system or graphics card. So why not mobo software...
  9. Do NOT get the ASRock OC Formula. It's a waste. Go for the Maximus V Formula instead if you're willing to spend that much. You won't get anything better. If you wanna save some money, go for the ASUS P8Z77 V-PRO. These two boards have amazing OC potential.

    :)
  10. arzbhatia said:
    Do NOT get the ASRock OC Formula. It's a waste. Go for the Maximus V Formula instead if you're willing to spend that much. You won't get anything better. If you wanna save some money, go for the ASUS P8Z77 V-PRO. These two boards have amazing OC potential.

    :)


    They are both too expensive. Said $150 is my budget. I´m not going for a OC world record haha. But thanks for sharing.

    Like I said before tho, is it possible to use, e.g. AsRock software (not BIOS or firmware) on a gigabyte board?
  11. When you start a post with 'Best' then also post '~$200' GA-Z77X-UD5H then later state $150 as your limit ---> You are wasting folks time and ultimately aggravating them in the process.

    For $150, the following:
    $155 @ NewEgg the ASRock Z77 Extreme6 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157295
    $115 @ NewEgg the ASRock Z77 Extreme4 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293
  12. irlwizard said:
    They are both too expensive. Said $150 is my budget. I´m not going for a OC world record haha. But thanks for sharing.

    Like I said before tho, is it possible to use, e.g. AsRock software (not BIOS or firmware) on a gigabyte board?


    Go for the Extreme6 then :)
  13. jaquith said:
    When you start a post with 'Best' then also post '~$200' GA-Z77X-UD5H then later state $150 as your limit ---> You are wasting folks time and ultimately aggravating them in the process.

    For $150, the following:
    $155 @ NewEgg the ASRock Z77 Extreme6 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157295
    $115 @ NewEgg the ASRock Z77 Extreme4 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293


    You are right, I am sorry if I wasted peoples time. What I meant by using the UD5H as an example was... I am looking for quality similar the the UD5 but I do not want to pay for extra SLI slots that I won´t be using. Assuming that a mobo with that or better quality but less SLI slots would be around $110-150.

    Will clerify in future topics, just wanted to avoid a wall of text but the first, generalised post caused confusion instead. Sorry.
  14. No problem.

    Most Z77 MOBO's in your price range are going to have SLI support, the cost from nVidia for a BIOS Key (SLI support) isn't too exorbitant.
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