MSI z77A-G43 vs AsRock Extreme4 Z77

I am building a gaming rig and I am having difficulty deciding between the above motherboards.

Info: The MSI is about $100 cheaper for me than the asrock due to where I live.

I want to know which one you think I should buy, if the MSI will detriment performance and the pros and cons of each one.

My other components will be:

-CPU:Intel i5-3570k 3.4hgz (ivy bridge)
-GPU:EVGA GTX660 2GB SC
-Case:Antec 200 V2, black, no PSU-R570, ATX
-Network Adapter: D-Link DWA-566 Wireless N300
-RAM: Corsair XMS3 2x4gb DDR3-1600mhz Desktop Memory

P.S ask if you need more info
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  1. If you want the option of running two graphics cards in SLI, only the Asrock board will do. The Asrock board may overclock better, but probably not by much.

    With such a big price gap, I'd generally recommend the MSI board.

    Do note that MSIs closest equivalent of the Asrock Z77 Extreme4 is the MSI Z77A-G45.
  2. Not running SLI and haven't thought about OC'ing anything so...

    But I'd still like a couple more opinions

    By saying that maybe the G43 vs G45. G45 is about $50 more
  3. Help us out? What website are you buying from?

    Maybe a different mobo would be advised.
  4. www.wootware.co.za

    'Tis the best for my region :/
  5. Don't forget. H77 motherboards CAN NOT overclock the 3570k. If you want to overclock you must buy the Z77 motherboard. I linked a MSI Z77 G43 that can be overclocked.
    http://www.wootware.co.za/msi-z77a-g43-lga-1155-atx-intel-z77-desktop-motherboard.html

    For the price, it looks good. You will get a good overclock out of it. Just play with the overclock and you'll be happy. The Z77 Extreme 4 is really expensive where you live.

    You are buying a 500W PSU, right?
  6. envy14tpe said:
    Don't forget. H77 motherboards CAN NOT overclock the 3570k. If you want to overclock you must buy the Z77 motherboard. I linked a MSI Z77 G43 that can be overclocked.

    It says Z77 in the title. That board is the one he was looking at.

    PS: OP, remember to get a decent cooler for the CPU. Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo for example.
  7. I was planning on getting that cooler, exact model. However, is it necessary to get that instead of the stock. I have never OC'd and don't know the technicalities of it so I probably won't 'risk' it. But I guess that's another thread :P
  8. Well if you don't intend to OC then the stock cooler is fine. But if you're not overclocking you're essentially wasting quite a bit of cash by getting a CPU and a motherboard intended for overclocking.
  9. I will need some tutorials to OC properly, I would appreciate if someone provides some.

    Also, I will be taking the G43
  10. brbk said:
    I will need some tutorials to OC properly, I would appreciate if someone provides some.

    Also, I will be taking the G43


    Sorry for the Late Comment Bbrk... but MSI g43 is a horrible overclocking board... I have the same set up as you but different brands
    I5 3570k (OC to 4.0 ghz @ 1.104v) <- voltage not really sure due to MSI BIOS not registering correctly which is the problem for overclockers with this board.
    Gigabyte 660ti 2gb, 750 modular psu, x40 kraken nzxt cooler. I too am a beginner overclockers but this board is a horrible board to start with. Asrock does have the better BIOS/UEFI set up than MSI and overclocking is something you should learn especially with the set up you have or your wasting its potential. there is a thread here by Mr. Face easy step by step set up only thing is you dont need to reinstall windows.
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