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Which motherboard for gaming?

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=N82E16813128545

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131821

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131837

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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  1. 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).
  2. 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.
  3. 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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    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...
  5. 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=N82E16817151095
  6. 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 ;)
  7. 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...)
  8. 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.
  9. Best answer selected by lcfballplayer43.
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