I just bought a azza genesis 9000 and i know I'm going to get a i7 3770k but I'm looking for a MB for it. I was looking at the GA-z77x-up7 and it sounds great but the problem is they say its for OC''ing I have no desire to overclock I hear this MB is the best for keeping the CPU cool thats the main reason I want it. Also I want to know will 16gb of ram fit with a Phanteks PH-TC14PE HEAT SINK attached to the GA-z77x-up7.
OVERALL IS THE GA-z77x-up7 WORTH GETTING IF I'M NOT OVERCLOCKING?
Not really. You could get one of their cheaper Z77X boards if you have SLI/Crossfire in mind, but otherwise it's most likely a waste of money (unless there's some particular feature(s) you need, eg. the combination of Wifi, Bluetooth and mSATA).
Lets look back at this, You are buying a "K" CPU, Quality Z77 Board and an Aftermarket Cooler. All Items that are associated with overclocking.
You are throwing money out the window since you would get exactly the same performance from 3770 none K, H77 Board and the std Cooler!