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Which Z77 motherboard should I choose?

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December 15, 2012 9:30:36 AM

So, I'm on the verge of ordering my new components. I'm trying to pick the right motherboard, but I'm having a lot of trouble and I'm extremely indecisive.
My biggest fear is choosing the wrong motherboard and wasting my money on stuff I won't ever use.
Anyway, so I use my PC for Gaming, video editing, programming, and occasionally I host servers for some games.
I want to overclock to about 4.5ghz max, and I'm currently water cooling.

My specs are:
Intel i7-2600k
GTX680 in SLI (Still deciding between the reference design and the FTW, will most likely choose the FTW)
16gb Corsair Vengeance @ 1600mhz
Corsair HX850
2x OCZ Vertex 2 64gb (not in raid)
1x Seagate 1tb
1x Western Digital Green 2tb

I have everything except the mobo and gpu's, I'm currently using a Gigabyte p67 UD4, but I really want to get a z77 mobo for the new 680's.

So, my choices came down to these 4:
http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Z77%20Extreme6/

http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/P8Z7...

http://www.evga.com/Products/Product.aspx?pn=151-IB-E69...

http://www.gigabyte.co.nz/products/product-page.aspx?pi...

I personally see the Deluxe or the Sniper being the best choice, but I hear Gigabyte isn't very reliable. I don't know much about AsRock, but it's highly recommended. I still feel Asus or Gigabyte is a better choice. my friend is pushing me to get the EVGA FTW, but I don't feel it's worth the $310, nor do I plan on rushing into 3 or 4 way SLI anytime soon, though I may consider it later on.

Money is somewhat of an issue. I have a high budget (EVGA is probably the highest I'd go, I don't think I'd go for the Asus Maximus Extreme V or the Asus P8Z77-V Premium) but I also want to go for the best bang for my buck.

So, based on all that. what is the best option?

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December 15, 2012 6:06:03 PM

I would go with the ASRock.
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December 15, 2012 6:09:05 PM

maestro0428 said:
I would go with the ASRock.


May I ask why?
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a c 1097 V Motherboard
December 15, 2012 6:15:46 PM

The Deluxe at the same price as PRO is a good deal.
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a c 87 V Motherboard
December 15, 2012 6:26:38 PM

As part of a long term, stable build, it is hard to put a foot wrong if you choose the P8Z77-V Deluxe. If ever there was a time to use the phrase 'you get what you pay for', then surely this is it.
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December 15, 2012 6:56:40 PM

bigcyco1 said:
As part of a long term, stable build, it is hard to put a foot wrong if you choose the P8Z77-V Deluxe. If ever there was a time to use the phrase 'you get what you pay for', then surely this is it.


Yeah, I'm leaning towards the Deluxe because it is at a good price.
But I'm still having trouble, the Gigabyte G1 Sniper also appeals to me, but from a practical standpoint, the Deluxe seems more logical to buy.
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December 15, 2012 7:01:11 PM

Turns out the Deluxe is back at it's original price tag, I missed out on the deal :/ 
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December 15, 2012 7:03:36 PM

I would go Deluxe cause of the UEFI & Software Suite.
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December 15, 2012 7:23:11 PM

I've narrowed it down to the Asus P8Z77-V Deluxe and the Gigabyte G1.Sniper 3.

What do you think? are there any big differences that are worth the trouble?
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a c 1097 V Motherboard
December 15, 2012 7:25:59 PM

I would pick the Asus over Gigabyte any day. (personal preference)
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December 15, 2012 7:34:27 PM

I decided to go with the Deluxe :) 
Thanks guys! you've all been helpful :D 
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a c 87 V Motherboard
December 15, 2012 8:47:36 PM

rolli59 said:
I would pick the Asus over Gigabyte any day. (personal preference)
+1 I'd do the same.
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a c 87 V Motherboard
December 15, 2012 8:48:10 PM

No problem.Your welcome!
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a b V Motherboard
December 16, 2012 1:15:28 AM

Gigabyte Z77-UD3 if your on budget, get the UD5 or UP7 if not..
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December 17, 2012 3:50:29 AM

empty213 said:
Gigabyte Z77-UD3 if your on budget, get the UD5 or UP7 if not..


Sorry friend, as the others said above, I'd also pick Asus over Gigabyte any day :)  But thank you for your input! :D 
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a b V Motherboard
December 22, 2012 9:49:28 PM

It's ok, your welcome.. I'd pick it myself if I didn't have any budget constraint.
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