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Best Sub $100 (60-80 preferred) CAD Z77 Motherboard

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a b V Motherboard
December 20, 2012 2:54:56 AM

Hi,

I am looking for a motherboard with z77 to work with a i5 3470. I was looking at this combo deal

http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=76139&vpn=Z77A-G...

Does anyone have any experience with this board? I only found this HardOCP review

http://www.hardocp.com/article/2012/09/11/msi_z77ag41_l...

Is there also any other recommended boards you guys have?

I want the z77 since I can overclock the i5 3470 a bit to 4-4.2ghz.
I am a bit worried about lak of vrm cooling and vrm quality but will those be issue with such a mild OC.

I hope to run this build till skymont/skylake
Thanks!


EDIT: I will not likely be running CF , just a single 7850 with this. Just need something that can overlcock reliablely and be stable

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a b V Motherboard
December 20, 2012 6:49:15 AM

get this if you can fit it into your budget. msi doesnt make a very good mobo anymore

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

this is more budget friendly

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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a b V Motherboard
December 20, 2012 6:50:18 AM

you cant manually over clock that processor, get an i5-2500k or i5-3570k if you want to manually overclock
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a b V Motherboard
December 20, 2012 7:26:16 PM

I heard that the i5 3470 could be overclocked to 4 bins higher than the max turbo clock. so 4.0ghz and maybe try pusihing more using Bclk.
I am hoping for this build to last till around skymont/skylake.
I live about 20min from NCIX so they are my preferred vendor (no need for shipping).
I would grab a FX6300 and then grab steamroller but I am not the type to upgrade later on.

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a b V Motherboard
December 20, 2012 7:29:30 PM

id go i5 if you dont plan on future upgrading
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a b V Motherboard
December 21, 2012 4:34:36 AM

Hoping for advice from people with firsthand experience with budget boards or the i5 3470

I still want your opinion even if you don't have first hand experience =)
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a b V Motherboard
December 21, 2012 7:01:31 AM

i believe the difference between the extreme 3 and 4 are the amount of usb 3.0 ports and another small thing or 2. i wouldnt buy an msi board, they arent the best value
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a b V Motherboard
January 3, 2013 3:46:48 AM

Best answer selected by Stickmansam.
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