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February 12, 2013 2:14:22 PM

First off, my parts:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xIiR

I have not bought the motherboard yet (or the gfx card, but that's irrelevant) because I'm a bit weary of going for something so cheap. It has all the features I want and almost nothing more, which is a good thing, but I'm wondering if this mobo will be able to handle overclocking as well as a slightly pricier one. If it turns out spending an extra 40 bucks will result in better performance (in any area) I may be willing to dish out a bit more.

Also it's rather bland. Are there any comparable boards with a red and black scheme priced similarly?

Thanks in advance!
February 12, 2013 2:18:34 PM

for 'k' cpus mobo that you need is Z75 (but there not a lot of them) and Z77. Apparently you know gow to use pcpartpicker, search z75 and z77 mobos for desirable color scheme. cheers
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February 12, 2013 9:00:11 PM

ultimategamer_ said:
First off, my parts:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xIiR

I have not bought the motherboard yet (or the gfx card, but that's irrelevant) because I'm a bit weary of going for something so cheap. It has all the features I want and almost nothing more, which is a good thing, but I'm wondering if this mobo will be able to handle overclocking as well as a slightly pricier one. If it turns out spending an extra 40 bucks will result in better performance (in any area) I may be willing to dish out a bit more.

Also it's rather bland. Are there any comparable boards with a red and black scheme priced similarly?

Thanks in advance!


i always recommend a gold certified psu, and for all u have maybe a 750w one, get a z77 from gigabyte and with all of that maybe the OC wont be necessary, have a nice day :) 
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February 12, 2013 9:27:32 PM

I agree to aim for a higher end board from gigabyte as they have better power delivery (importnat for OC)
The 7870xt is about 8% faster for only 5% price increase (2.5% if you get the powercolur 7870XT)
You can save $5 by getting the 212+ which performs really close to the EVO (any OC EVO can get, the 212+ can basically get)

Gold certified is unnecessary unless power is really really expensive or your room cicuit can't handle it (2000W ish total draw on 1 circuit)
A good 550W PSU will be fine as long as you don't Crossfire


[PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($223.79 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77-DS3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($104.98 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($48.58 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($75.00 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($244.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($65.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $863.31
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-12 18:43 EST-0500)

Cheapest comparable board with a black color scheme

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($223.79 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($48.58 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($75.00 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($244.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($65.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $888.32
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-12 18:43 EST-0500)
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February 13, 2013 11:25:01 PM

Thank you for the input everyone! I think I'm going to go for the ASRock Z77 Extreme4 as it falls within my budget (barely), I've seen it mentioned in tons threads regarding Ivy bridge and overclocking, and it matches the rest of my build. :) 

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February 13, 2013 11:25:14 PM

Best answer selected by ultimategamer_.
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February 13, 2013 11:54:32 PM

Have fun building :D 
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