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Which one is better for an i3 3220 Ivy Bridge?

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November 27, 2012 3:24:15 PM

Hello guys, I am doing some upgrades to my Gear and I will be using the new Intel Core i3 3220 Ivy Bridge, I want your advise which will be much appretiated in choosing a motherboard for this processor.

http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=...

http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/P8B7...

So which one will be better?! I want to give you a heads up, the Gigabyte H77 is little expensive than the ASUS P8B75. I want to know should I go for the extra cash and get the Gigabyte or should I stick with the ASUS. Moreover I read many discussions and opinions about both MB's here in tomshardware and other trusted sites too....which is the best ASUS or Gigabyte as a manufacturer?! and it was quite perplexing, so I narrow it down to myself by choosing this 2, Note: if I will go with an ASUS H77 chipset I will end up paying more money than the Gigabyte H77.

Thank you in advance for your help, looking forward for your replies.

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November 27, 2012 4:26:12 PM

The gigabyte board has s/pdif and hdmi ports, which the asus lacks. If you plan to run blueray as a home theatre setup, then get the gigabyte. If you don't need those ports, get the asus.
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November 27, 2012 10:08:43 PM

Why not the ASRock H77M? I personally wouldn't spend a lot on an H77 or B75 board as you start getting too close to a budget Z77...
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November 27, 2012 10:17:03 PM

Well, I am not a fan of the ASRock motherboards :)  and having one with a Z77 chip will be great but my budget is not that tight, I can try to reach a good one from gigabyte or asus I would prefer to have a later chip with much durable motherboard. I need a board than can manage gaming, take some stress and don't die on me I have been using gigabyte motherboards for a while now so if I choose the gigabyte with a decent chip such as the H77 it be more cash for me maybe the same cash I will pay for an ASRock Z77.
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November 27, 2012 10:26:09 PM

Asus makes some good boards; choose the one that meets your needs. No one can guarantee that your board will be perfect. I go by the newegg reviews. If you don't believe them, google your board of choice for a hardware site review. I know that b75 is the newer chipset so your ivy bridge cpu will work without having to flash the bios. H77 maybe not; check for bios files for your cpu; the oldest file should work with your cpu; if not go with the b75 board.
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November 27, 2012 10:49:45 PM

o1die said:
Asus makes some good boards; choose the one that meets your needs. No one can guarantee that your board will be perfect. I go by the newegg reviews. If you don't believe them, google your board of choice for a hardware site review. I know that b75 is the newer chipset so your ivy bridge cpu will work without having to flash the bios. H77 maybe not; check for bios files for your cpu; the oldest file should work with your cpu; if not go with the b75 board.

OK, so the b75 is one of the latest chipsets from Intel and the H77 is an old one, just to be clear! I like the idea of changing from gigabyte to asus motherboards, I was with a friend a while ago, he had an asus motherboard which he really praise because this one didn't die on him, he had 3 previous gigabyte ones and they all died due too his bad electricity current in his place but the asus didn't and he lost many home machines at his place too, his TV once, the fridge, power supplies and his washing machine too.
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November 27, 2012 11:10:51 PM

dfox79 said:
OK, so the b75 is one of the latest chipsets from Intel and the H77 is an old one, just to be clear!

No, they're both from ~April 2012. As are the Z75 and Z77 chipsets.
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November 27, 2012 11:52:46 PM
November 28, 2012 12:12:49 AM



So, what should I go for? which chipset will be good with an i3 3220 Ivy Bridge?!! without costing more money or less durable board because I am already leaning for the ASUS P8B75-V, I checked reviews via google.com and newegg.com which was really helpful, most of the problems and not many is with overclocking which I will not be doing since the i3 isn't and some trouble with I/O shield installment and pins....to be also clear I am adding my gear config :

Processor Intel Core i3 3220 @ 3.30GHz
Cooling Cooler Master Hyper TX3
Memory A-DATA 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333 (PC3 10700)
Video Card EVGA NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 SuperClocked 1 GB
Cooler Master EXtreme Power Plus 600W

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November 28, 2012 12:43:08 PM

So, I will be using ASUS P8B75-V with my gear :

Processor Intel Core i3 3220 @ 3.30GHz
Cooling Cooler Master Hyper TX3
Memory A-DATA 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333 (PC3 10700)
Video Card EVGA NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 SuperClocked 1 GB
Cooler Master EXtreme Power Plus 600W

except I am thinking of changing the ram to G.skill Ripjaws-X 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 CL9 1.5v Dual Channel Memory Kit, they are on the memory support list which is great and in the near future I can upgrade to 8G by adding another 2 G.skill Ripjaws Memory Kit.
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November 28, 2012 1:29:22 PM

That's a fine board (and chipset) as long as you don't need the extra features of the more expensive boards/chipsets (such as another SATA3 port).

The RAM upgrade looks sensible.

The graphics card and power supply, are those recycled parts? Because if you're buying new there should be better options.
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November 28, 2012 3:49:39 PM

Nothing wrong with Asrock H77M with Ivy Bridge. Had mine for 4 months now and no problems with BIOS or anything YET. Am using i5-3570K (not to overclock - just as it was almost same as non K)
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November 28, 2012 11:39:06 PM

Sakkura said:
That's a fine board (and chipset) as long as you don't need the extra features of the more expensive boards/chipsets (such as another SATA3 port).

The RAM upgrade looks sensible.

The graphics card and power supply, are those recycled parts? Because if you're buying new there should be better options.



Yes, the graphics card and power supply are from my old config I am only upgrading my mb, ram and processor, but there seem to be a problem with my hard drive I don't know! every time I connect the hard drive the system wont boot, I am stuck at the welcome screen ASUS and it wont even let me enter the bios setup, I press delete or F2 but nothing when I unplug my hard drive its working great I even update the bios with no problems but still the same problem with the HD

I am using a WD 1TB green, it was working fine on my previous machine before I install the new parts, the mb boots from my flash stick and from the DVD-ROM just fine.
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December 3, 2012 10:40:50 PM

Best answer selected by DFox79.
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