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December 31, 2012 12:24:03 PM

Looking to upgrade my gaming rig next month and am trying to pick the best motherboard for gaming. So far I think I have picked the Intel i5-3570k CPU as my weapon of choice and will pair it up with an EVGA GTX 660Ti and 32GB of Corsair Vengance RAM, but am unsure on the Motherboard.

Been told go with the ASUS Ravage or the Gigabyte Intel Z77. What are some of y'alls thoughts though?

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December 31, 2012 12:46:16 PM

For the gaming rig with i5-3570K you only need the MB has some functions like good OC the cpu/ram, pcie X16 or 2X pcie ( at least x8/x8) for CF or SLI, SATAIII from intel, USB3.0. You don't need the fancy MB too.

The MB reviews http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/z77-express-ivy-bri...
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/z77-extreme6-z77a-g...

Also you don't need the 32GB RAM for the gaming rig, but if you use it for photos (photoshop) and video editing then you need more RAM. You only need 8GB for the games.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ram-memory-upgrade,...

Pick the ASRock Z77 Extreme4, and Gigabyte Z77X-D3H and get the 8GB RAM.
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December 31, 2012 1:24:20 PM

Thanks for such a speedy reply. I know I don't need the big, fancy MB....aside from building my rip up from its current state (EVGA P55-SLI MB, i7-860 CPU, EVGA GTX 460+), I am really wanting to "futureproof" my system for a good while.

I used to have an ASUS mb a long time ago, so I am more trusting of that over the Gigabyte one already. I know one of the best upgrades I am going to make is changing cases from my Cooler Master CM-680II to the HAF-X case for better airflow with Scythe Kaze Maru 2 Slpstream fans mounted on my Megahelms CPU cooler.
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December 31, 2012 11:05:06 PM

One thing "futureproof" is not true. For example I bought the i5-2500K for just two years ago, now I think no one will recommend you to it for the game, right?

Other is ASUS Ravage has the Socket 1366 and Intel Z77 has Socket 1155.

If you like ASUS get this "ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77" and i5-3570K, if I were you I will just upgade the GPU 660Ti.

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December 31, 2012 11:15:04 PM

Motherboard - Gigabyte Z77X-D3H
http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-CrossFireX-NVIDIA-Mother...
Ever since Intel’s introduction of the Z77 chipset, motherboard giant Gigabyte has made huge leaps in in improvements on their motherboards all the way from the budget end to the extreme high end and the Z77X-D3H is a perfect example of what kind of top quality products can be achieved.

With support for PCIe 3.0, SATA 3 6Gb/s, 8 channel integrated audio, Gigabyte’s fully digital power delivery system, and ultra durable 4 features, it’s got a lot going for it.

That said, once you realize that Gigabyte only wants a mere $141.99 this makes the Z77X-D3H one of the best priced, fully featured Z77 motherboards on the market today!If you want to spend a little more i highly recommend you check out the V PRO You get Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, SLI and Crossfire plus the best USB 3.0 performance and much more the bios is simply amazing.It’s got a lot going for it.

I just did a build for a friend using this mobo hes overclocking 4.7GHZ and running 2x 670 in sli mobo:ASUS P8Z77-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


http://www.overclock3d.net/reviews/cpu_mainboard/asus_p... <--- review w/benchmarks http://www.techreaction.net/2012/06/28/review-asus-p8z7... <--- review w/benchmarks
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