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Comparing boards from AsRock, MSI, and GB?

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February 19, 2013 3:24:59 AM

So I'm planning to build my first rig as my stock comp is having some issues with the motherboard. I'm on a tight budget so I'm looking for the best deals. Currently there are 3 Mobos that I could afford which are:

ASRock Z77 Pro3 LGA 1155 Intel Z77

Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H LGA 1155 Z77 ATX Intel Mother (or the DS3H)

MSI Z77A-G41 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

I don't really understand the differences between these Mobos but I've been reading reviews and there's been some horrid ones for all of them and I don't know which one I should really put my bet on. I'm planning to run an i5-3570k (may overclock) and a NVIDIA GTX 660.

Which one of these Mobo's would be my safest bet? Should I even consider these 3? Any suggestion is appreciated.
February 19, 2013 3:46:05 AM

I'm not sure. I own a Gigabyte UD5H myself. I've also owned a UD3H that I overclocked on which worked great. No problems at all with the UD3H. So I can tell you that Gigabyte Z77 boards are worth it and overclock well, for me at least.

Also, great choice in your graphics card. I wouldn't go lower than the GTX 660 even if your on a budget. The GTX 650 Ti just doesn't perform well enough for me and the GTX 660 is perfect for almost anyone. I own the GTX 660 Ti so I can speak to those as well.

Make sure whatever MoBo you choose supports USB 3.0, PCIe 3.0, and at least 2 SATAIII ports. And if you ever want to put another GTX 660 in SLI make sure the board supports SLI. Some cheaper boards don't even allow for moderate overclocking. I'd make sure to spend at least 100$ on a MoBo.
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February 19, 2013 12:59:05 PM

Gigabyte mobo will withstand the most abuse, it's built like a rock.

I would highly consider GA-Z77X-UD4H though, it has a much improved memory performance over the ones that came out last year and uses heat-sinks that more expensive Thunderbolt models have.
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February 19, 2013 10:54:12 PM

What's your budget for the mobo?
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February 19, 2013 11:59:02 PM

I'm planning to spend around 550- 600. I was planning to buy the deal from Microcenter with the reduced Mobo + an i5-3570k. But still I'd like to spend under 100 for the mobo or just a bit over 100.
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February 24, 2013 1:18:01 PM

I have the same question myself & a bit confused between
GIGABYTE GA-Z77-D3H or Z77X-D3H or GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD3H
& ASRock Z77 Extreme 4
I have i5 3750k & 660Ti OC & need a mobo that oc well & easy, I read somewhere that ASRock mobos are good but the only weakness in ASRock mobos that they are thinner & can flex !! idk if that's correct or not
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