Help picking mobo with 2600k( 1st build)

I have the 2600k that I got on sale for $200 at micro center a few weeks ago but now I am not exactly sure which mono to get. I had been planning to wait for Ivy but this deal seemed to good to pass on. I still planned to get a z77.

I just wanted to know what everyone thought was the best way to go. I do game some on PC but the only game as of now I would be playing would be Starcraft. I am an electrical engineering student so I do get into a lot of different programs for that. So far I will occasionally use Autocad electrical, Matlab, NX, and maybe some solid works.

I was looking at the GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H but the reviews once Ivy released have been horrible. Since then I was looking at different boards around $200 give or take.

Any advice would be great!

EDIT: I forgot to ask about a few other components that I will need. I do have the 6850 which should be enough for me but I may end up getting a second down the road. Based on that I need help choosing:

1. Memory - I think I can use up to 1333 with my processor but know only some basics about memory so no idea what to choose.
2. Power Supply - Not sure what size I would need
3. Case - Haven't research these yet since I hadn't picked a mono but I am pretty sure it will be ATX.
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  1. "I was looking at the GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H but the reviews once Ivy released have been horrible"

    Really? What reviews? provide links. Everything I've read from reputable sources claim this to be a very good Motherboard.
  2. Asus P8z77-V Pro!
  3. abekl said:
    "I was looking at the GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H but the reviews once Ivy released have been horrible"

    Really? What reviews? provide links. Everything I've read from reputable sources claim this to be a very good Motherboard.


    I was talking about user reviews not so much about review articles. If I saw someone say this a few weeks ago I would have reacted the same since it seemed to get almost perfect reviews everywhere I looked. I was pretty much dead set on getting this one and figured i would give it a few weeks to see if I could get lucky and find a deal but when I checked back yesterday to actually buy it I noticed the most recent reviews from others who bought this were not not very good. A lot of complaining about freezing and shutdowns. I assume since I have a sandy bridge spy I wouldn't have this issue but I wanted this board in case I do get Ivy down the road which doesn't seem to work well on this one lol. Here is a link to the board on Newegg.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128545
  4. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131820

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131830


    Both ASUS motherboards, I've put several in builds for clients, and I have never had to RMA one. Started buying based on the good reviews and I haven't been disappointed yet..
  5. lackofrespect said:
    I was talking about user reviews not so much about review articles. If I saw someone say this a few weeks ago I would have reacted the same since it seemed to get almost perfect reviews everywhere I looked. I was pretty much dead set on getting this one and figured i would give it a few weeks to see if I could get lucky and find a deal but when I checked back yesterday to actually buy it I noticed the most recent reviews from others who bought this were not not very good. A lot of complaining about freezing and shutdowns. I assume since I have a sandy bridge spy I wouldn't have this issue but I wanted this board in case I do get Ivy down the road which doesn't seem to work well on this one lol. Here is a link to the board on Newegg.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128545


    Those are more than the usual number of bad reviews. I wonder what's going on with this board.
  6. Apparently, it's fine with Sandy bridges, but not IB's. very curious issue.
  7. amuffin said:
    Asus P8z77-V Pro!


    I was looking the none PRO version before this and I took a look at this just now. What are the differences really? I looked on new egg and unless I am missing something the PRO has 2 more usb 3.0 and one LESS fan connector.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007627%2050001315%20600315497&IsNodeId=1&bop=And&CompareItemList=280%7C13%2D131%2D820%5E13%2D131%2D820%2DTS%2C13%2D131%2D819%5E13%2D131%2D819%2DTS
  8. abekl said:
    Those are more than the usual number of bad reviews. I wonder what's going on with this board.


    Yeah, that is exactly what I was thinking. I didn't count but it seems since Ivy released more then 70-80% are a problem.


    hacbarton said:
    Apparently, it's fine with Sandy bridges, but not IB's. very curious issue.


    Yes, exactly. I thought maybe I could still go with it but at that price and the off chance that I will get an Ivy there is no chance. Doesn't seem like an issue that will be easily fixed either.
  9. Yeah, I'd steer clear of this board until the issues are resolved. What a shame - only the second time I've ever had to recommend against a Gigabyte board.
  10. hacbarton said:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131820

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131830


    Both ASUS motherboards, I've put several in builds for clients, and I have never had to RMA one. Started buying based on the good reviews and I haven't been disappointed yet..


    The ASUS P8Z77-V that you listed here is probably on the top of my list so far. There doesn't seem to be a lot of difference between the two you have listed to warrent the higher price or maybe I just don't know exactly what some of the features do or what I can use them for on the Maximus.


    Since the motherboards that have been suggested to me are all z77 I take it that it is a better idea to go with the z77 rather than z68 or the like?
  11. That's what I'd do, and as for the difference, The maximus has the better audio chipset, and the northbridge is more stable OC'd in my experience.
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