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Asrock Z77 Pro3, is it any good?

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December 12, 2012 2:23:15 PM

Hey there, i just received my new processor, an Intel i5 2500k, 8GB's of Kingston RAM and my new monitor, an Asus 24". For my video card i was thinking of a an ATI 7870, but it's PCI-E 3.0 (Don't know what that means lol ) so i'm wondering if an Asrock Z77 Pro3 will support this, also does anyone know if it supports crossfire? Thanks in advance.

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December 12, 2012 3:39:45 PM

Ok great, but what does that mean? Lol i'm not that tech savvy.
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December 12, 2012 4:32:35 PM

It means that the mobo will support your processor and your video card as well. even if you do get the 7870 it will work 100%. and yes that mobo does support crossfire.
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December 12, 2012 8:58:58 PM

You should go up to at least Extreme4.

Sub-100 boards tend to flex a lot, be horrible at OC/Stability. And die quickly
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December 21, 2012 5:04:15 AM

darksparten said:
You should go up to at least Extreme4.

Sub-100 boards tend to flex a lot, be horrible at OC/Stability. And die quickly

I bought the Pro 3 earlier this year for a i5-2500K build and I couldn't be happier with it. Got it for a steal ($30) from Microcenter with the i5 combo package.

It's my 2nd build and I really knew nothing about the MB before buying it, but it's turned out to be a pretty decent investment. I know a lot of people recommend the Extreme 4 instead and I won't disagree really but if you need to cut corners somewhere I would think the step-down to the Pro3 is a decent place to do it.
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December 21, 2012 5:19:05 AM

In plain english - don't get it. If you MUST get a motherboard on the cheap, go for the Extreme4 like dark said. That would be the minimum i'd get imho - you'll get the heck of alot better stability on the ex4 along with extra features here and there (e.g. digital power on the ex4 for high clocks when oc'ing, etc).

Or even better, fork out a tad more (USD $17) for the GA-Z77-D3H. That's a fairly decent mobo, plus it's made by a highly reputable brand.
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January 13, 2013 5:43:55 PM

Best answer selected by gabrielorie.
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January 13, 2013 5:44:49 PM

Thank you everyone for your replies, i decided to get the GA-Z77-D3H since it's a reasonable price.
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