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Which motherboard has the best price/performance ratio?

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October 5, 2012 6:10:32 PM

I'm looking for a best bang for the buck MBO.

I will be using i5 3570K with Onboard GPU.
Will be used for light gaming, like Killing Floor, CS 1.6...
Internet surfing, movies watching, maybe a little bit of editing, the usual...

I do intend to get a discrete GPU in 3-4months, then I'll be using system for gaming, tougher gaming than CS 1.6 or KF...
And 4-5 months after the 1st GPU, I may get the 2nd 1 and do Crossfire or Sli...
Would ss-620gb be enough for 2x7870 OC along with a CPU?, Or for at least 1?
Would Chieftec CFT 750 CS be enough for something like this?
I do want a PC that will last at least 5 years, I don't mind gaming at low setting in 2017 on this PC!
I want to make it future-proof as much as possible (while also saving some cash). Searching for the best RATIO between these 2 things.

ALSO!
WOULD I BE BETTER OF IF I WERE TO JUST GET A10 5800K FOR NOW AND THEN ADD GPU LATER?
My budget is really tight! I'd like to know what you guys think about investing into APUs or going the safe way, like 1155 socket and Intel...

Here's what I had in mind:

Gigabyte Z77X-D3H - 158$
Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H - 177$
Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H WB WiFi - 218$
Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H - 243$
Asus P8Z77-V - 202$
Asus P8Z77-V PRO - 222$
Asus Maximus V generation - 232$

Details required!
Possibly some explanations too!

Which 1:
1. is best for OC?
2. has best onboard audio?
3. has best LAN?
4. has best (fastest) WiFi?
5. has best cooling?
6. has highest RAM speeds?
7. has most USB3.0?
8. has most Sata 6GB ports?
9. has nicest features?
10. has the best usage of onboard GPU?

Final question:

Which 1 gives best bang for the buck (looking at prices at the store I intend to buy from).
No newegg, amazon, microcenter at my country...

1 MORE THING!

I'm currently leaning towards Asus, because of better sound and lower prices on boards with WiFi, especially looking at P8Z77-V! Also has nice amount of USB3.0s and Sata 6Gbs!
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October 5, 2012 8:15:12 PM

I think that the ASRock Z77 Extreme4 is about the most value board (Bang for the buck) out there right now. The features and quality of that board are pretty high. Now in the area that are looking at I would go with the Asus P8Z77-V Pro.
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a c 180 V Motherboard
October 5, 2012 11:12:02 PM

I Think that with the ROG theme and features the Maximus V Gene would be a good choice.
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October 5, 2012 11:24:40 PM

IntelEnthusiast said:
I think that the ASRock Z77 Extreme4 is about the most value board (Bang for the buck) out there right now. The features and quality of that board are pretty high. Now in the area that are looking at I would go with the Asus P8Z77-V Pro.


Exactly what I was going to say.
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October 6, 2012 10:10:49 AM

Ok, I'll think about the Extreme4 from AsRock. It's a nice 175$ price in my country, but I thought the p8z77-v has more features.
Since I spend 350$ on a phone few after I made this post. Over 180$ is to much for a motherboard for me right now.
Between?
AsRock Extreme4
Asus p8z77-v
Gigabyte Z77X-D3H
Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H

Would you still choose Asrock?

I read that the power phase is really important, and Asus has the best one!
So, I'm a bit worried about that, and the Asrock gives 24months garanty.
While the rest give 36.
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October 6, 2012 3:07:21 PM

Asrock is the little brother company of ASUS.
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a c 180 V Motherboard
October 6, 2012 3:57:54 PM

Asrock is a seperate company and is not run by or associated with Asus. Currently Asus is looking to aquire Asrock and if they do it would make them an unfair competitor with the other companies and might not be a good thing for the consumer.
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a c 180 V Motherboard
October 6, 2012 3:59:48 PM

Kajcha said:
Ok, I'll think about the Extreme4 from AsRock. It's a nice 175$ price in my country, but I thought the p8z77-v has more features.
Since I spend 350$ on a phone few after I made this post. Over 180$ is to much for a motherboard for me right now.
Between?
AsRock Extreme4
Asus p8z77-v
Gigabyte Z77X-D3H
Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H

Would you still choose Asrock?

I read that the power phase is really important, and Asus has the best one!
So, I'm a bit worried about that, and the Asrock gives 24months garanty.
While the rest give 36.



If your looking to overclock then the Asus board would be the best in that area and the Gigabyte UD3H would be the next choice with thier ultra-durable boards.
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October 6, 2012 4:22:43 PM

inzone said:
Asrock is a seperate company and is not run by or associated with Asus. Currently Asus is looking to aquire Asrock and if they do it would make them an unfair competitor with the other companies and might not be a good thing for the consumer.


I thought they bought Asrock and are NOW looking to merge.
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October 6, 2012 4:49:39 PM

They are in the process of trying to buy Asrock.

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/asrock-pegatron-acquis...
Acording to this article it's just the motherboard devision of Asrock and it's currently owned by Pegatron which was owned at one time by Asus , so at one time it was all owned by Asus and now they want the motherboard part of Asrock.
I think it takes competition out of the motherboard scene and we may not see a good result from that.
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October 6, 2012 7:42:03 PM

Thank you inzone for helping me on many posts. I have finally decided the full build of my PC, will be ordering it in a day or 2!
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a c 180 V Motherboard
October 7, 2012 5:16:52 AM

Your welcome, what does your build look like for components?
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October 7, 2012 4:17:28 PM

i5 3570k
P8Z77-V
Mushkin Chronos 90GB
Patriot 2x4GB 1600MHz
Xigmatek Asgard 381
Chieftec CFT-650-14CS

After I get some extra cash, I'll be adding WD Caviar Black 1-2TB and GTX670.
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October 7, 2012 4:31:23 PM

Do you have the parts now and using them or are you just building a list?
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October 7, 2012 10:40:18 PM

No, I was hoping I'd order today, but was busy.
Anyway, do you think I should leave a case and just use my really old 1 from like 10 years old PC (which I don't use anymore, at all), and for those extra 60$ get a P8Z77-V Pro?
It's really tempting because of the 12+4 power phase, over 8+4 on non-pro mobo.
I'd also have 30$ for 100w more on PSU. Same manufacturer, same series, just 750W.
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a c 180 V Motherboard
October 7, 2012 11:34:20 PM

A case is just a box to put your components into and as long as there is good air flow it doesn't matter how old it is. People generally just like something nice to look at and if your tight on money then it's a good place to cut back on and not loose performance.
When you get more money you can easily transfer to a new case.
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October 8, 2012 11:24:35 AM

The thing is, the case hasn't got front USB, and has no vents, but I can always leave the left side open and use a home vent.
So, I'll be getting:
i5 3570k with stock cooler, for now.
P8Z77-V Pro
8GB DDR3 1600MHz
CFT 750-14CS

I'm on their site entering some information for ordering these parts! Pretty excited.
Thanks!
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October 10, 2012 2:11:24 PM

Best answer selected by Kajcha.
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a c 180 V Motherboard
October 10, 2012 7:51:00 PM

Good luck with your build.
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