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February 7, 2013 12:58:37 PM

Hey guys, I'm building my first computer with the following specs:

I7-3770k
620w PSU
8GB RAM
120GB SSD
1TB HDD
GTX 670 video card
CM HAF XB case

Which of these motherboards would you recommend? Or maybe a different one?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I've seen mixed reviews for all of the boards, so I'm just looking for some other opinions. I'm open to other boards as well. Thanks!

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February 7, 2013 1:16:17 PM

I'm using the ASRock Extreme4 Z77 and it has been rock solid for me. It should also be cheaper than any of the boards you listed. I have a 3570k on mine and have it overclocked to 4.4Ghz on air.

On a sidenote, if you are just going to be gaming, go for a 3570k instead of the i7 because you won't see any performance difference between the two if you are only playing games and you'll save a lot of money that could be put towards getting a higher end gpu ( I personally like the 670 though).
February 7, 2013 1:18:28 PM

Thanks for the response! I only went with the 3770k because I live near a Microcenter and it's priced the same as the 3570k is online.
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February 7, 2013 1:19:49 PM

use the gigabyte. in my personal experience they make the best boards. I've had too many weird anomalies whenever I've tried an asus board in the past 10 years.

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February 7, 2013 1:22:33 PM
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Sabertooth is overated (same as Z77 but some minor feature more like thermal armor but the z77 don't heat so you don't need it)

The UD5 and the P8Z77-V LK are really similar (except for 2PCI legacy on the LK and 1 on the UD5 when the other one is replace by a PCI-e 1X...) so for 40$ less i'd go with the ASUS model over the UD5...

I have a MSI Z77a-G45, my 3770k reach 4.99 max overclock on it and i run 4.83 (105*46) 24/7 stable on it so i recommend it as i paid 120 with MIR (140 without) in USD and it's similar to all the z77 chipset (but no excess like 8 USB3 or 8Sata3 ports) but for a bang for the bucks and fast build, definately worth it ;) 

If money not a trouble get the UD5 over the sabertooth as it's the same options and you don't paid 50 bucks for a non needed Thermal armor...

*** Make sure to grab a good branded (with good warranty= better than other in general) 620w and 1600mhz Cl9 or better ram to really make a good build for a long time ;) 

PS: Good branded PSU are (in my opinion) Antec, Corsair, Cooler Master, Seasonic, Enermax, PC power&cooling or any other brand that use FSP or Seasonic OEM internals...
February 7, 2013 1:25:20 PM

spawnkiller said:
Sabertooth is overated (same as Z77 but some minor feature more like thermal armor but the z77 don't heat so you don't need it)

The UD5 and the P8Z77-V LK are really similar (except for 2PCI legacy on the LK and 1 on the UD5 when the other one is replace by a PCI-e 1X...) so for 40$ less i'd go with the ASUS model over the UD5...

I have a MSI Z77a-G45, my 3770k reach 4.99 max overclock on it and i run 4.83 (105*46) 24/7 stable on it so i recommend it as i paid 120 with MIR (140 without) in USD and it's similar to all the z77 chipset (but no excess like 8 USB3 or 8Sata3 ports) but for a bang for the bucks and fast build, definately worth it ;) 

If money not a trouble get the UD5 over the sabertooth as it's the same options and you don't paid 50 bucks for a non needed Thermal armor...

*** Make sure to grab a good branded (with good warranty= better than other in general) 620w and 1600mhz Cl9 or better ram to really make a good build for a long time ;) 

PS: Good branded PSU are (in my opinion) Antec, Corsair, Cooler Master, Seasonic, Enermax, PC power&cooling or any other brand that use FSP or Seasonic OEM internals...


Do you think this PSU would be good enough?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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February 7, 2013 1:27:38 PM

lupinesithlord said:
use the gigabyte. in my personal experience they make the best boards. I've had too many weird anomalies whenever I've tried an asus board in the past 10 years.



Yeah i had 3 ASUS board failed on me (P4 478, Pentium-D 775 and a 775 Quad-core model) when my old Gigabyte are still running fr 5-6 years now (P43-ES3G with a Q6600 @ 4.05GHz)

MSI and Gigabyte never failed on me so i second it ;) 
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February 7, 2013 1:30:02 PM

Yeah, for sure, Seasonic is one of the best (anyone use their internals on their own power supply ex: i have an Antec NeoHE 500w that have Seasonic internals and it runs a dual 560ti with a Q6600 for 5 years 24/7 and had power a P4 @ 4.35Ghz before paired with a 3870 in that time, it's still running strong without any BSOD or problem...)
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February 7, 2013 1:52:50 PM

I love my ASRock but have had MSI, Gigabyte, and ASUS over the years with never a hitch from any of them.

So... I'd go with the cheapest one that meets your connectivity requirements. If it's just for gaming, then you probably don't need a lot of the extras, like Firewire.
February 7, 2013 3:07:38 PM

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