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Most reliable Z77 motherboard?

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October 5, 2012 3:06:43 AM

Building a new rig w/ the following components.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($25.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($55.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($297.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill BlackHawk ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($103.99 @ Best Buy)
Optical Drive: Lite-On ihes112-04 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $908.48
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

Initially I liked the ASRock Extreme 4, but after reading several reviews it seems that ASRock boards are more prone to DOA/bent pins than their formadible father-brand, Asus. The Asus P8Z66-V LK and the P8Z77-V PRO are my other considerations. Are there any who have had experience with any or all of them?? My main concern is reliability. I will be overclocking and pushing my system slightly, but I dont want to risk the time and money of a faulty board. Here are links for both.

ASUS P8Z77-V PRO $209
ASUS P8Z77-V LK $149
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 $134

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October 5, 2012 3:24:15 AM
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If it's in your budget to get then I would go with the V-Pro, yes it's more expensive but it's loaded with features and Asus boards are known for being overclocking friendly. I have not had experience with that specific model but have been using Asus boards for years and have accasoinaly tried others but have always come back to Asus.
There will always be the risk of a defective board and it's really something that you can't predict or get away from, if your going to get one then your going to get one. Nobody is immune from getting a defective component, what's important is how it's handled when you do.
October 5, 2012 4:35:02 AM

Best answer selected by eliasmoose.
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October 5, 2012 12:11:10 PM

technically, the msi mpower is the most reliable given each one is burn in tested at the factory
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