I am going to microcenter this weekend, and am not sure what mobo to get. I want to be a able to overclock a i5 3570k to 4.2 to 4.5 at least(cooler will be an h100i when i have the cash to buy it. I have 2 hard drives (6gb/s) and a cd burner, but may buy more hdds eventually. I dont really have much interest in overclocking ram unless it increases performance noticeably. My gpu will be a hd 7950 and may overclock or crossfire in future. It would be nice if it had a internal firewire port, because my 500r has firewire but to i donthave think ithe would need it. I was interested in the asrock z77 extreme6 but i dont think it will be in stock. I think the extreme4 could handle all this, but not sure. I was thinking the gb z77 ud3h.
At the microcenter i am going to they have open box asus p8z77 v and pro, gb up4 th and ud5h all at $150 my budget is only $330. I was thinking maybe get one of these with a 2500k, since that would only be $300 like a 3570k and extreme4. What do you guys think?
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.
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Gigabyte Z77X-D3H is a good board as bigcyco1 said. Gigabyte has really been stepping it up lately. However, the MSI Z77A-GD55 gets my vote. This is actually a pretty high-end board. The only difference between the GD55 and the GD65 (what I consider MSI's highest offering besides the MPower) is Virtu MVP (which is stupid and probably should not be taken into consideration)
i5s are just as fast as i7s, the only real difference is a tiny amount of cache and hyperthreading. if you dont use hyperthreading (which most things dont) they are the same really. so good choice there.
i would get the asrock board, it overclocks better.