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What Motherboard for i7 3770k?

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January 7, 2013 1:01:30 PM

Hi folks,

I have been experiencing an issue with my HD 7950 not wanting to work at all with my motherboard.

Thread here-

http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/386289-15-brand-rad...

Anyways, i tried the card in my brothers PC and it works no problem and he has an even more outdated mobo than i do.

So ive pretty much decided to get a new CPU and motherboard and think im going to get the i7 3770k.

My question is what motherboards should i be looking at?

Ive read the latest (best) chipset is the Z77? Correct?

Obviously i am going to need the latest USB3, PCIe3 etc and a memory controller that can handle atleast 1600mhz but preferably more to future proof myself a little.

Ive been looking at this, the ASUS Sabretooth Z77 -

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MB...

Seems to be great for overclocking too.

But have i overlooked any other boards of equal or better value for money?

Im a little dubious about buying ASUS again. Ive updated my bios on my current board to the latest version and whenever i updated the BIOS i seem to have lost options/abilities in the BIOS menus.
I think the EVO is a bit of a piece of poo if im honest.

Any advice gratefully received!



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a c 154 V Motherboard
January 7, 2013 1:50:16 PM

Before you purchase a new mobo, did you attempt to 'force' the drivers for the graphics card? My motherboard absolutely refused to recognize my HD7950 so I just loaded the driver manually - has worked fine ever since.
Something to try before shelling out extra cash.
January 7, 2013 2:08:30 PM

What do you mean force the drivers?

I basically cant do anything with the 7950 installed. The screen stays black and the PC speaker sounds one long beep and 3 short beeps meaning 'bad video RAM' or something.

It wont even post, literally nothing is onscreen when you turn the PC on. I cant install any drivers
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January 7, 2013 2:18:57 PM

Z77, Intel or Gigabit mobo, should work fine, did for me, no problem 7950. Where you able to check for updated drives? The reason I mentioned that is the drivers on the 7950 are not current on the disk. However, I didn't any problems with the drivers on the disk just my normal things I do by updating the drivers, hope that helps
a c 154 V Motherboard
January 7, 2013 2:21:56 PM

Sorry, the Z77 comment through me off. Thought you were already on an intel board - or at least a board with integrated graphics.
January 7, 2013 2:37:54 PM

Sorry no, im currently on an ASUS M4A79XTD Evo which is a socket AM3 board but when i plug my 7950 into that, the whole computer kills itself. Got the symptoms as above.

The Intel i7 and Sabretooth are potential new buys
January 7, 2013 6:12:41 PM

So any input on i7 motherboards chaps? Cmon :) 
a b V Motherboard
January 7, 2013 6:30:10 PM

i7 is not necessary if this is intended for gaming mostly, and the Sabertooth is overpriced and over-hyped, you can get one of their lower model boards for cheaper with more/better features.
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