When are the upper end Z77's going on sale?

Hey all,

I am currently in the planning stages of what will hopefully be a under $1000 Gaming build. While I understand CPU's, GPUs, RAM, and other thing, the motherboard is a little bit of a mystery for me. So I was using the Toms Hardware article ( http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/z77x-up5-th-z77a-gd80-z77-oc-formula,3305.html ) as a good starting to point after I decided on the intel i5 3570k.

So using that article I thought I should go with either the:
Z77 Sabertooh
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131821

or

Gigabyte Z77X UP5 TH
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128559

So my question is... are the prices on either of these motherboards likely to drop in the near future (i.e. Christmas) or should I settle for a board closer to my budget range?
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  1. Anyone...?

    I guess I could just rephrase the question... With the intel i5 3570k, what is the best motherboard to have for a $1000 gaming build, and WHY?

    I figure I want a board that can support:
    DDR3 1600 RAM
    At least two Graphic Card Slots, though initially only buying one
    Does not bottleneck either the GPU or two graphics cards
  2. You're spending WAY too much money on a motherboard. I wouldn't worry about the motherboard BUS bottlenecking, either.

    The Sabertooth is a marketing scheme, you're better off with a normal ASUS motherboard - and even then, you don't need it.

    Go with either a Gigabyte UD3H (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128544) or an AsRock Extreme 4 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293)

    The Gigabyte will be better for dual graphics, but it's a bit more expensive.
    That being said, what graphics cards are you going to be using? With a budget like that, I can almost guarantee you that spending more for a better card is a better option than crossfire/SLI of a lower end card.
  3. DarkSable said:
    You're spending WAY too much money on a motherboard. I wouldn't worry about the motherboard BUS bottlenecking, either.

    The Sabertooth is a marketing scheme, you're better off with a normal ASUS motherboard - and even then, you don't need it.

    Go with either a Gigabyte UD3H (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128544) or an AsRock Extreme 4 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293)

    The Gigabyte will be better for dual graphics, but it's a bit more expensive.
    That being said, what graphics cards are you going to be using? With a budget like that, I can almost guarantee you that spending more for a better card is a better option than crossfire/SLI of a lower end card.


    Thanks for the reply DarkSable!

    Originally I was thinking about the AMD HD Radeon 7870s'
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/his-video-card-h787f2g2m

    Though I didnt really have a brand preference.

    I was also thinking of buying an SSD for this build, is it worth it with either of these motherboards?
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