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ASUS P8Z77-V vs. ASRock Z77 Extreme6

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September 13, 2012 6:50:51 PM

Hey everyone.. So I'm currently in the process of researching and purchasing for my first time building a computer.

I've been eyeing the 'ASUS P8Z77-V LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard' (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131820 at the recommendation of a friend.

However, I just read a review that is pointing me towards 'ASRock Z77 Extreme6 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard' (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157295) and so now I am in a bit of a conundrum.

Or there might be other motherboards that are just better than the two here. I'd prefer to spend around $150-$180 on the motherboard.

I don't really see myself overclocking much, as I've never really done it before, but who knows.. I don't really play those graphics-intensive FPS games, so it hasn't really been necessary.

If relevant, the build I'm going for is:

The build I'm going for is:
RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233144
SSD: SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC128B/WW 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147163
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136533
CASE: Corsair Carbide Series 400R Graphite grey and black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139008
MOTHERBOARD: ASUS P8Z77-V LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131820
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504
GPU: MSI N660 Ti PE 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127696
PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139021
OPTICAL DRIVE: ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS – OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204
MONITOR: Asus VE248H Black 24" 2ms Full HD HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor w/Speakers 250 cd/m2 10,000,000:1 (1920x1080)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236102

Also, if there's anything that seems like a poor choice or out of place, please let me know.
a c 127 V Motherboard
September 13, 2012 8:37:40 PM

Very nice build - well chosen parts.

As for the MB, go for the Asus. Arock just doesn't compare in quality.
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September 13, 2012 8:58:40 PM

I have an ASRock Extreme 4 and I have no problem with its quality(my first PC build, treated pretty rough b/c my inexperience, no hiccups and runs like a champ).

For your case Extreme 6 was chosen over V-Pro as in a Tom's review but I recommend V over Extreme 6 because of the ASUS Fan Control firmware is better(with ASRock you can only set a normal speed & a target temperature where you fan go 100%).
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September 13, 2012 9:06:10 PM

I was advised on a different thread that I might be going 'overkill' with the motherboard (since I don't plan on having dual-video card) and that there are cheaper options. Thus far, the motherboards discussed have been ASUS P8Z77-V, ASRock Z77 Extreme 6, ASRock Z77 Extreme 4, ASRock Z77 Extreme 3, ASRock Z75..

Now, I'm not sure what the glaring differences among the motherboards listed are.. I do know that the ASUS and the ASRock Extreme 6 seem to be significantly more expensive than the latter few.. Particularly for my computer usage (i.e. Gaming [WoW, D3, SC2, DotA2, Indie Games] and Web Surfing), would I really benefit all that much from getting the most expensive ones listed?
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September 13, 2012 9:12:47 PM

I have the:

ASUS P8Z77-V PREMIUM LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with Thunderbolt

and the onboard sound would only play static. So YMMV on getting Asus stuff too.
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January 29, 2013 8:07:35 PM

Hey D4J10X,

Just starting to buy parts for my own build that has similarities with your rig. I'm also at a cross roads in particular on picking the motherboard.

Which one did you go for in the end? How is it working out?
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