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ASRock Z77 Extreme4 - Thoughts, criticisms and alternatives?

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December 29, 2012 8:44:26 PM

Hello,

I have been tossing around which motherboard to select for my new & first build gaming rig. Here is the build so far:

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/uRPN
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/uRPN/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/uRPN/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£161.99 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£101.98 @ Dabs)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£59.98 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£57.96 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card (£196.84 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Zalman Z9 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case (£44.99 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£85.42 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £709.16
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-29 22:40 GMT+0000)

Compatability Error: 'ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard has an onboard USB 3.0 header, but the Zalman Z9 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case does not have front panel USB 3.0 ports.' - I don't quite understand this, How will it affect the build?

As the title reads, I'm looking for thoughts, criticisms and alternatives at a similar price.

Kind regards, Paul

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December 29, 2012 9:12:07 PM

1) Good building.
2) 8GB is more than enough but RAM is cheap, 16GB is good for the money.
3)If the case without front panel USB 3.0 ports, the only thing is not convenience.
4) HD7870 is only 10% better than HD7850, I will recommend get the HD7850 and good 500W PSU.

HD7800 review http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7870-revi...
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