Need Motherboard upgrade advice for a i5 3570K

Hi all,

I felt it was time to upgrade some of my system which I mainly use for movies and gaming. I'm not planning on overclocking.

I want to get a good board but also price is an issue. I want to get the best board possible for a "reasonable price". It would be a major plus to have the most up to date as possible from those available to me and have things like usb 3.0, 6gb sata, ability to crossfire (should I upgrade in the near future), possibility to add a sound card etc...

My current build is below and the parts I would like to switch are in bold. I think I will go with a i5 3570K CPU and 8 GB of ram (what is better 2 sticks of 4 or 4 sticks of 2?)

MoBo: Gigabyte G31M-ES2L (rev 2.0)
CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz

RAM: Transcend 4 GB DDR2 800
GPU: Gigabyte HD 5770
Case: Cooler Master Elite 335 (mid tower ATX with 5 expansion slots)
PSU: Seasonic M12II 620W

I am familiar with Gigabyte and Asus Motherboards and that is what is mainly available near me in terms of 1155 Mobos (as well as MSI and EVGA)


Asus P8Z77-M $170
Asus P8Z77-V LX $174
Asus P8Z77-M PRO $206
Asus P8Z77-I DELUXE $238
Asus P8Z77-V LE $243
Asus P8Z77-V $243
Asus P8Z77-V PRO $319
Asus P8Z77-I DELUXE/WD $319
Asus Sabertooth Z77 $335


Gigabyte Z77M-D3H $151
Gigabyte Z77MX-D3H $185
Gigabyte Z77X-D3H $212
Gigabyte G1.Sniper M3 $233
Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP4 TH $288
Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP5 TH $375


MSI Z77MA-G45 $158
MSI Z77A-G43 $159
MSI Z77A-G45 $190
MSI Z77A-GD55 $212
MSI Z77A-GD65 $257

Thank you for your help :)
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  1. I have the ASUS P8Z77-V LK and havent had any issues with it. It was also $139.
  2. If not overclocking, get an i5-3470 and a ASRock Z75 Pro3 (supports crossfirex but not SLI). The only reason to have a 3570K is for overclocking.

    2x4GB was the result of the latest tests I saw (admittedly been a couple years). Stick with 1600MHz 1.5V.
  3. If you don't plan to OC, why pay the extra $100 for an overclockable i5 (K designator)

    For over clocking I recommend ASRock Z77 Pro 3 @ $89.

    If you don’t plan to over clock; take a look at the ASRock H77 Pro 4 MVP $78

    On memory, I don't see a huge difference in timing for 2gb sticks versus 4 gb sticks of the same type of ram. So it's up to how much ram you eventually want on your system.
  4. Disregard what I said about the Z75 (and Groundrat about the Pro 3) - if you plan to crossfire down the road. To save money, I guess, ASRock implements the second PCIe slot as PCI 2.0 at x4 speed. Think I'd recommend a board that breaks it down to PCI3.0 x8/x8 (edit - like the Extreme4).

    That's assuming Newegg has the right info.
  5. Thank you all for the suggestions. I have read through a a lot of forums before I posted here and I get the consensus that ASRock has the best bang for your buck...

    Unfortunately, the only asrock available by me for the 1155 is the micro ATX ASRock H77M :(

    Also crossfire (this is more likely) and overclocking are possibilities down the road.

    Thanks once again. I appreciate it :)
  6. Then I'd stick with the MSI Z77MA-G45.
  7. @J_E_D_70 Is that micro ATX?
  8. Best answer
    Bah - didn't see that. Pick the cheapest one that's ATX and runs PCI3.0 in x8/x8 :)
  9. Asus maximus v gene, about £130 that's what I would go with. Also the p8z77-v lk is also good for the price, but the maximus v gene is better.
  10. Asus maximus v gene, about £130 that's what I would go with. Also the p8z77-v lk is also good for the price, but the maximus v gene is better.
  11. Thanks again @JED

    So in terms of 2 PCI e 3.0 at 8x I think it boils down to:

    Asus P8Z77-V LE plus $225
    Asus P8Z77-V $243
    Asus P8Z77-V PRO $319

    Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H $282

    Or the MSI (not sure if there are 2 PCI 3.0 @8x/8x)
    MSI Z77A-G45 $190
    MSI Z77A-GD55 $212

    The question is which brand? Here is a newegg comparison with the specs only one missing in this comparison from the above is the msi ZA77A-G45
  12. Decided to go with the i5 3470 in the end since I dont see my self overclocking too much.

    I have also narrowed my motherboard choices down to the Asus P8Z77-V LX 2 or the Asus P8Z77-V LE Plus the main difference I found was that the LE Plus has 2 PCI e 3.0 slots @x16 (X8, X8) and the LX 2 has only one PIC e 3.0 @ 16X and a PCI e 2.0 @ X16 (x4, x4)

    The difference in price is about $50... any reccomendations?

  13. Best answer selected by faune.
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