Ivy Bridge Upgrade

Hey guys.

Couple of quick questions about an IB upgrade I've been planning out for a bit here.

First off, this is what I'll be retaining from my current rig:

Case: Cooler Master CM690 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119216)
Power Supply: Cooler Master UCP 700w (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171032)
Video Card: MSI GTX560-ti Hawk (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127578)

I'm going to keep my current hard drive until I upgrade to a SSD in the near future, at which point I might get another 560-ti for SLI also.

Things I've already bought for the upgrade include:
CM Hyper 212+
New 1920x1080 led-lcd monitor (not totally relevant, but that's the resolution I'll be using at least)

I guess my questions mainly concern the motherboard. I know I want a Z77, but can't decide which to go with. I plan on a small overclock for the i5, nothing crazy, not trying to break 5ghz or anything. I was thinking maybe 4.2-4.4ghz, I figure that's a safe place to be for an everyday overclock without cutting the life expectancy short. I imagine the 212+ will keep it cool enough, even if IB do run slightly warmer than SB. The main purpose of the rig will be gaming, with some light online work for school. I don't do any video editing, encoding, or anything or the sort.

My current mobo, and first I ever purchased, is a gigabyte ep45-ud3p and it hasn't given me any problems in the almost 3 years I've owned it. That makes me lean toward another gigabyte mobo, say the z77x-ud5h (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128545), but I like what I see from some other companies as well.

In particular, I've been looking at the ASUS Sabertooth Z77 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131821) and the ASUS P8Z77-V (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131820). I like quality of the Sabertooth, but I'm concerned about fan clearance around the thermal armor at the CPU socket, and I'm not sure I'd get any benefit from the extra money it costs since I'm not trying to break any records here. I like how the P8Z77-V comes with WiFi GO, as it takes care of the new network adaptor I was going to have to get, and it also seems like a quality board.

Regardless what board I end up choosing, I'll be getting 8GB of DDR3-1600, probably G.Skill or something similar.


Any opinions on which z77 mobo to get for my new i5-3570k and possible SLI setup in the future? Mostly looking at Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H, ASUS Sabertooth Z77, ASUS P8Z77-V. Also considering MSI Z77A-GD65 and a few others...

As a light-overclocker (probably go for 4.2-4.4ghz on the 3570), will I even be able to tell the difference between these boards? I've only used Gigabyte's BIOS before, is ASUS' that much better?

Any thoughts/opinions/criticisms welcomed and and appreciated.

Thanks in advance.
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  1. I might be a bit biased but I think the ASUS P8Z77-V would be a great motherboard.

    Unless something was very wrong with the Engineering Samples/Review samples, don't expect super overclocking like the 25,26 and 2700k's. I read a review recently that said they were hotter and didn't OC as easily. Tom's review is a good source
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