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Board for an i5-2500k & HD 7870

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April 9, 2012 9:01:28 PM

As the title says, I'm looking for advice on a motherboard to use with...

CPU: i5-2500k
GPU: Radeon HD 7870
Case: HAF 932

I really like the Asus Maximus Extreme-Z - - but I have very serious doubts it is worth that price tag...or is it?

I only have one request: a PS/2 port. I have my reasons. This eliminates most Giga boards. Already hdds and 8 spare gigs of 10666.

So, which board would ya'll recommend? Thanks in advance!

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April 9, 2012 9:11:16 PM

The UD3H I have has PS/2 Ports.
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April 9, 2012 9:17:39 PM

Yes, a lot of Gig. boards have PS/2. Still, the ASRock can't be beat with Z77.
April 9, 2012 9:27:12 PM

I was under the impression that Z77 boards were currently overpriced quite a bit?
April 9, 2012 9:28:58 PM

The Z77 ASRock is only $5 more than last gen's extreme4 gen3.
April 9, 2012 9:34:55 PM


That's a sexy board. Only the ASUS Z68 DELUXE models have PS/2, it's nice to see they included it in the P8Z77-V.
April 9, 2012 9:51:16 PM

Thanks for the feedback. Keep them coming! Two votes for the P8Z77 and one for the Asrock thus far.

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April 9, 2012 9:59:23 PM
April 9, 2012 10:36:01 PM

The ASUS is $50-$60 more and offers no real benefits. For overclocking, both will handle that with ease.
April 9, 2012 10:37:17 PM

Talking about different boards, fail.
April 9, 2012 10:57:33 PM

They said Z77 based motherboards would be better value, but man, that's awesome!

Now it depends, really. The ASRock Extreme 4 Z77 doesn't have Bluetooth or WiFi. If those functions are not important to you, go with the ASRock board.

April 9, 2012 11:46:33 PM

BT and Wifi are unimportant to me, pretty useless, tbh. Asrock is cheaper, but has two years less warranty than Asus. On the other hand, Asus support is Nothing is ever easy. =\
April 10, 2012 2:43:33 AM

Thanks for the feedback, guys. Looks like the Asrock Z77 Extreme4 is the winner unless anyone has any better ideas. I'll let ya'll know when I place the order.
April 10, 2012 3:36:18 AM

I would also go for the Extreme4 Gen3 Z77 ASRock. Can't beat that deal. It is $10 cheaper than the P67 ASRock Extreme4 Gen3 but has better features.
April 10, 2012 3:59:13 AM

Alright. Thanks again all. I suppose the first one to have recommended the Extreme4 should get best answer. As tempted as I am to place the order right now (even signed up for shoprunner trial for free 2-day shipping, lol) I'm still going to sleep on it.

Meanwhile for anyone interested, here's the complete build I'm going for. I perhaps went a bit overkill with the case and cooler, but I plan to keep em for many, many years. And again, thanks to you all for helping me decide.
April 10, 2012 4:00:06 AM

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August 27, 2012 9:49:18 PM

gary1 said:
Talking about different boards, fail.

On a dif topic Gary, I'm looking to upgrade my sapphire 6770 vapor x to a sapphire 6870 oc ghz edition to increase fps on BF3 simply because I can get one for €240 (€300 on every other Irish/UK site?!?!) which is about 300 usd right now :D  . The only thing putting me off is the number of posts on various forums complaining of "black screen lock ups" and they are attributing them to a driver/compatibility issue with some hardware combinations which sapphire are "hoping to fix soon"...!!! :o 

I see you have the same chip/mobo as me with a 6870 - how do you find it? any issues?
The only game I play is BF3, the rest of my time is spent just browsing etc but I dont want to have any of the problems I've read about (I am no techie!!!!) :cry: 

My full specs are;

Antec 902 v3 case
Akasa Venom cooler
Asus P8z68 v-pro
2x4Gb Vengeance black
Antec 620w psu
OCZ agility 3 60Gb ssd (C & cache drive)
WD Caviar black 1TB HDD (media drive)
WD Caviar black 500Mb HDD (D & additional drive)
LG LS30 BD drive

Thanks in advance for any help