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December 5, 2012 5:20:30 PM

Currently im running

Asus P8Z68-V LX
8GB RAM
MSI 660 TI OC
650W PSU
I5 2500K

now in the future I plan to SLI my 660 ti's and im wondering what motherboard would be best to go with? My budget is around £70-75


Any help?


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December 5, 2012 5:38:28 PM

You need to save more money ASUS P8Z77-V LK or GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD3H or ASRock Z77 Extreme4
December 5, 2012 10:43:38 PM

Well the absolute best is the GA-Z77X-UP7 at 400 dollars, for a more moderate price at 220 dollars the EVGA FTW Z77 is ok with 4x PCIe 4-way SLI/CFX support and switchable BIOS.

Didn't see your budget, sorry, most people would reccomend an ASRock Extreme4.
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January 25, 2013 3:07:43 AM

computerwonder said:
Currently im running

Asus P8Z68-V LX
8GB RAM
MSI 660 TI OC
650W PSU
I5 2500K

now in the future I plan to SLI my 660 ti's and im wondering what motherboard would be best to go with? My budget is around £70-75


Any help?


My suggestions would be the following:
With Integrated Graphics:
- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Without Graphics:
- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(Newegg is out of stock right now, buy on Amazon.com)
And here is one $10 (US) over budget, but a great deal none the less:
- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
The one above is the Asus Rampage V, which has 32gb ram, very good PCI, Sata 6gbs, UEFI Bios, EZ over clocking, great sound, and great video compatibility. Overall great values their.

Suggested companies are:
- Asus
- Asrock
- Evga
Suggested company to buy from:
- Newegg (great service/ free shipping sometimes)
- Amazon (~5-10 cheaper/ free shipping = 90% items)

Hope this helps. This is my first computer build, however, I have done ALOT of research. My build and upgrades are below for ideas.

- HAF 912 case (Coolermaster)
- Asus Sabertooth 990fx (will change to a Asus ROG board soon)
- Fx-4170 (4 core/4.2ghz) (changing to a 39[50/60]x soon)
- Graphics card (buying in 2 weeks) Nvidia 650ti
- Asus 24x CD Drive
- Western Digital 500gb Green <- Note: green not blue (green = faster)
- 350w Cooler Master PSU, changing to 750w
- 8gb Hyperx ram (will upgrade to 32gb)
- ...And other accessories

All parts were bought through Amazon (with Prime), and a few on EBay also (motherboard and CPU combo).

Alright that is it, have fun with the build, and I will do my best to answer any questions that are brought up.
January 25, 2013 10:31:51 AM

ASRock pro3 z77

every feature you could ever ask for

£75 on amazon.co.uk
January 25, 2013 11:27:33 PM

iixwh3l4nxii said:
ASRock pro3 z77

every feature you could ever ask for

£75 on amazon.co.uk


Both the pro3 and pro4 are respectable motherboards. Pro4 is $110 (us dollar) or £70. The pro3 is $105 (us dollar) or ~£67. Both on newegg. I would suggest Newegg on these particular boards, it seems that they have a slightly lower price than amazon.
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January 26, 2013 1:04:10 AM

Well the best you can get for that are low end B75s (Not very good) . What you should do is save up and wait for Haswell, get a new proc and get the Sabertooth Z87 (Guessing the Z87 will be the base of the LGA1150 Sabertooth) for around $250
January 26, 2013 3:35:45 AM

I definitely agree that the saber tooth is a much better motherboard, but it is about $130-$140 over budget. Any of Asus's mid-level boards will work fine.

Question for forum questioner: do you want integrated graphics on the board or not? I can help more if I can get some more info for example:

- Sata 3gbs or 6gbs and how many devices
- SSD or Mechanical Hard Drive
- North/South bridge version (if it matters to you)
- How much ram, 8, 16, 32gb, and speed
- PCI 2.0 or 3.0, and (x16), (x8, x8) or other types.
- Any other information...

Remember, don't forget to select "Best Answer"
:) 
January 26, 2013 3:55:38 AM
January 26, 2013 3:59:53 AM

bigcyco1 said:
You need to save more money ASUS P8Z77-V LK or GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD3H or ASRock Z77 Extreme4


How did you manage to get a 4.8ghz on the 2500k? Obviously water cooled, but what type if cooler, and what are the voltages? That is an impressive over-clock.
January 26, 2013 8:23:20 AM

if you want Really good Motherboard could be the Gigabyte G1. sniper 3 i had no problems with it.

the reason why it had to go was because my little cousin hit the computer with a hammer . i was shattered and now i have to build a new Pc
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January 26, 2013 10:00:36 PM

I think the P8Z77-LK could fit the budget but honestly just wait for Haswell or save up for a new mobo around the Vanilla P8Z77-V....
January 27, 2013 12:14:50 AM

Did no one take notice that this guy lives in THE UK

stop linking him to amazon US and newegg, the only real online computer retailers here are Scan.co.uk and Amazon, they are also by far the cheapest.

like I said, Pro3.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/ASRock-Z77-Motherboard-Socket-I...

remember there's no "gaming motherboard", the g1 assassin and everything are just high quality boards built to last with fancy colours, a motherboard is a motherboard, if you really want all the chipset features of like z68 and z77, then get it, otherwise just get any board you can afford that supports SLi and has the features you like
January 27, 2013 2:41:56 PM

iixwh3l4nxii said:
Did no one take notice that this guy lives in THE UK

stop linking him to amazon US and newegg, the only real online computer retailers here are Scan.co.uk and Amazon, they are also by far the cheapest.

like I said, Pro3.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/ASRock-Z77-Motherboard-Socket-I...

remember there's no "gaming motherboard", the g1 assassin and everything are just high quality boards built to last with fancy colours, a motherboard is a motherboard, if you really want all the chipset features of like z68 and z77, then get it, otherwise just get any board you can afford that supports SLi and has the features you like


Good point, will use amazon.co.uk now. Thanks.
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January 27, 2013 3:43:08 PM

The AsRock Extreme 4 as seen so many times above is the BEST way to go, http://www.amazon.co.uk/ASRock-Z77-Extreme4-M-Motherboa... just 20 pounds off budget...
Benefits, Z77, More features than ASUS's entry level mobo, fits budget and according to reviews is very high quality. There is your match and if you feel tired on your Sandy you can always upgrade to Ivy, to get a few inches closer to Haswell performance...
March 28, 2013 12:04:15 AM

Configuration of My System:

Motherboard : Asus P8Z77-V Pro
CPU : Intel i5 3570k
RAM : Kingston HyperX 1600Mhz (4+4) 8GB
SSD : Kingston V+200 120 GB
HDD : Seagate Baracuda 1TB + 1TB
Graphic Card: Nvidia GTX 650 Ti Boost
Cooler: Corsair H40
Power Supply: Cooler Master 750+
Cabinet : Cooler Master HAF 912
!