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Gaming Motherboard for i7 3770 Ivy Bridge

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May 6, 2012 10:13:41 PM

(edit: I went with an i5 3570k and the gigabyte UD5H in a combo on newegg for even cheaper than the i7 + Extreme4-M combo, thinking the 3570k should be more than enough for this year's gaming and I can overclock it in the future. I wasn't sure if there was any significant upgrade to go with the sabertooth for an extra $50 so I stuck with the gigabyte. If someone wants to answer the questions I had for future google searches that would be great, otherwise no need.)

Hi all,

I've been building computers for a while but have never really gotten anything above "value" parts. My motherboards tend to range $80-$120. This time around, I'm looking into possibly getting something more expensive. So far for my upgrade I'm considering the following parts:

Intel Core i7-3770 Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ZALMAN CNPS9500A-LED 92mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
G.SKILL Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'll be adding those to my current build:

Antec 300 case
GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB
650W Corsair PSU
120GB SSD + 750GB HDD

(edit note: looks like the 3770 I'm looking into can't be overclocked because it's not 3770k version. So with that in mind, consider any overclocking questions being with the i5 3570k which I'm also considering)

Now the big question here is what motherboard to get?

This will primarily be a gaming computer and I'm willing to spend some extra money to get the most out of gaming for the next year. I'm not much of an overclocker but may be interested in getting into it if I have the right gear for it. Regardless, let's assume I won't be doing any overclocking for the first year or two until my computer starts to struggle on the latest games.

So far I've found the following motherboards, ranging from expensive to about the price I typically get:

ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ASRock Z77 Extreme4-M LGA 1155 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

There's a $110 difference between the Extreme4-M and the SABERTOOTH (both have combo deals with the i7 I want on newegg), with the others being somewhere inbetween.

My some questions related to the above parts:
1. Is there $110 worth of performance to be gained jumping from the Extreme4-M to the SABERTOOTH?
2. Will I see any performance gain without overclocking or would they all be pretty much on the same level at stock settings?
3. Is there any significant gain jumping from the micro-ATX Extreme4 to the ATX version? (there's a $30 difference) Likewise jumping from the gigabyte to the sabertooth (also a $30 difference)
4. If I did want to do some overclocking, which would be the best value for me as someone who would only modestly overclock?
5. Do you have a better recommendation on which motherboard to get that falls within this price range?

Thanks for any advice. I will continue to do some research in the meantime.
August 27, 2012 6:52:56 AM

I'm surprised no one's responded to this. :o 

If you're open on overclocking in the future, then get the i7-3770k.
October 14, 2012 8:12:10 PM

Too bad no one responded... I'm also looking for a 3rd gen i7-3770, and I was happy to find your thread! But no replies... :( 
Did you post elsewhere? and what did you end up getting?
It might help some people in the future... (Including me :p  )

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