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4 MBOs, which 1 is best bang for the buck?!

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September 30, 2012 9:18:34 AM

I have i5 3570K
Viper 3 8GB @ 1600Mhz
Currently using the HD4000 (Intend to get something between 7770 - 7870 series, or 560-660ti.
Mushkin Chronos 60gb.

I can't decide which motherboard to get.
I'd like to save some cash for a better GPU, if possible, but also want futureproof board.

Gigabyte GA-Z77-DS3H - 118$
ASRock Z77 PRO3 - 123$
Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H - 163$
ASRock Z77 EXTREME4 - 182$

I know prices are higher than newegg or amazon, but I have none of these shops in my country, and the prices are dictated by the inporters.

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a c 77 V Motherboard
September 30, 2012 1:40:43 PM

if you have the asus z77-v LK, check that out as well
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September 30, 2012 2:31:06 PM

Only this 4 are my choices.
What I didn't say, is that I'm not from USA, so no newegg or amazon for me, + a lot higher prices than in those 2 stores.
Also, I meant that I'm using onboard GPU for now, but when I get the money I'll get some from the series above...

And, I might want to install Mountain Lion, so that's where the Z77-DS3H is good at.
The pro3 seems a good buy but what I want is a nice future proof motherboard, I want it to have SLI and I want it to have 2xPCIe 3.0 . Also, more than 2 Sata 3 would be awesome.
So the decision is between the last 2. Z77X-D3H -which has 8 USB3.0 and 4xSata3 (I won't get sound on Mountain Lion, because of VIA codec), and Z77 EXTREME4 - which has 6 USB3.0 and 4xSata3 as well, (I'll need custom BIOS for this one in order to get Mountain Lion on this one, and I probably won't be able to use LAN).

So tell me between this 2, excluding Mountain Lion as an option, which one is better for performance, OCing, reliability and how long can I expect them to last.
Also, which one boots faster? :) 
October 1, 2012 1:06:02 PM

if you use the chronos as a cache ssd boot time will be so quick that the differance will be neglagable....

sli however is you chooser here......the dh3 w/ivy chip wont sli.....cfx will work tho

so the choice is clear.......

extreme 4
October 1, 2012 5:48:29 PM


DS3H and D3H... which one did you mean?

If you were thinking about D3H the more expensive gigabyte board, it does support sli. It also has 2 more USB3.0 ports, but has VIA VT2021 sound, which I pretty much don't like (I won't have sound in Mountain Lion with it).

And the Z77 Extreme4 is perfect, but is also really expensive and has Gigabit Lan, which I read somewhere, that it isn't ideal for hackintosh (might not work at all).

But without Mountain Lion, they both have SLI support, CF support, 2xPCIe 3.0, 6-8 USB3.0, 4xSata3...
The only thing they differ in is sound and price.

I'm currently more attracted to the Gigabyte's one.

Help me decide, and tell me if I'm wrong, and why do you think I should choose the 1 you recommend.

a c 77 V Motherboard
October 1, 2012 7:42:02 PM

if you are hackintoshing, the gigabyte boards are the ones to go with

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October 2, 2012 12:30:19 AM

Since you're hackintoshing, I would go with:
Gigabyte GA-Z77-DS3H if you want to save some money for maybe a GPU later, or
Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H if you are willing to spend a bit more and not get a gpu in the near future.
October 3, 2012 8:01:44 PM

Best answer selected by Kajcha.