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Choosing A Motherboard

Hey everyone, am trying to chose a motherboard for my first build and have decided to buy an ASUS motherboard because everyone says they are good quality.

I am trying to decided between:
1) ASUS P8Z77-V LK Link: http://www.playtech.co.nz/afawcs0139235/CATID=599/ID=17470/SID=916816678/productdetails.html
2) Asus P8H77-M PRO Link: http://www.playtech.co.nz/afawcs0139235/CATID=601/ID=17501/SID=85729536/productdetails.html

I'm thinking of going with the mATX board because from what I can tell the only difference is it could be worse for SLI/Crossfire but as I don't plan on doing that at all I'm not concerned. Also the mATX board is ~$60 cheaper and from what I can tell has all the features of the ATX one.

Basically what I'm asking is, are there any drawbacks to owning a mATX board compared to a ATX board apart from SLI/Crossfire???

Thanks in advance :D
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  1. I happen to like micro-ATX motherboards since I feel it provides for a little more room in the build (sometimes helpful in smaller mid-tower cases). Unless you need the 3 or 4 PCIe slots or other feature only found on a full size board, I'm of the feeling micro-ATX is just fine.
    Hope it helps
  2. I agree with C12Friedman. Micro-ATX boards are fine if you don't need more than 7 expansion slot. No actual drawbacks other than that really.
  3. No, I find that the motherboard is the best place to cheap out on.
  4. what's the CPU you're getting? if you're getting an i5-3570K/i7-3770K, the Z77 boards are your only choice if you want to overclock.

    if you're grabbing a non-K CPU like an i3, i5-3470/3450/3330,etc., with no interest to overclock, get an H77 board.

    mATX cons in your case; depending on the layout of the board's onboard ports and planned PCI/PCIe parts installed, wiring and/or ports accessibility can be an issue. other than that, your OCing capability isn't going to do well against an ATX equivalent.
  5. Hazle said:
    what's the CPU you're getting? if you're getting an i5-3570K/i7-3770K, the Z77 boards are your only choice if you want to overclock.

    if you're grabbing a non-K CPU like an i3, i5-3470/3450/3330,etc., with no interest to overclock, get an H77 board.

    mATX cons in your case; depending on the layout of the board's onboard ports and planned PCI/PCIe parts installed, wiring and/or ports accessibility can be an issue. other than that, your OCing capability isn't going to do well against an ATX equivalent.


    I am getting a 3570k, the mATX board I listed is H77 so would that mean I will be able to overclock fine?
  6. DelightfulDucklings said:
    I am getting a 3570k, the mATX board I listed is H77 so would that mean I will be able to overclock fine?


    No. You'll need a Z77 motherboard like the ASUS P8Z77-V LK or basically any Z77 motherboard. Overclocking capability varies between motherboards though.
  7. Opps sorry I miss read your post before. I am looking to overclock so would this be better for me: http://www.playtech.co.nz/afawcs0139235/CATID=601/ID=17901/SID=690960345/productdetails.html
  8. Yeah that's fine.
  9. Best answer
    DelightfulDucklings said:
    I am getting a 3570k, the mATX board I listed is H77 so would that mean I will be able to overclock fine?


    you'll be limited with overclocking only the base clock; you'll only gain very little and it can cause instability with the system, so i highly advise you don't do this. So you have some choices;

    a) getting a Z77 board to unlock the OCing potential of that 3570K, and your money's worth from that CPU
    b) getting an H77 + 3570K, and not get your money's worth off the 3570K
    c) getting an H77 + i5-3470/3450, and get your money's worth.
    d) getting a cheap Z75 board + 3470K, with no guarantee to the quality of the board.
  10. EzioAs said:
    Yeah that's fine.


    Ok thanks, sorry about the miss-read. Just wanted to verify that there were no problems with buying a mATX board and I don't see any problems now
  11. Hazle said:
    you'll be limited with overclocking only the base clock; you'll only gain very little and it can cause instability with the system, so i highly advise you don't do this. So you have some choices;

    a) getting a Z77 board to unlock the OCing potential of that 3570K, and your money's worth from that CPU
    b) getting an H77 + 3570K, and not get your money's worth off the 3570K
    c) getting an H77 + i5-3470/3450, and get your money's worth.
    d) getting a cheap Z75 board + 3470K, with no guarantee to the quality of the board.


    I will be going with option a thankfully. There is a Z77 board from Gigabyte that is actually $5 cheaper than the H77 board I was looking at from Asus so I will get the Z77 and happily overclock away :D

    Thanks for the tips
  12. Best answer selected by DelightfulDucklings.
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