Gaming Rig No OCing

Hi ill be upgrading soon and i just want to ask for your opinion on which motherboard is better for an i5 3550? and is it better to get the 3550 instead of 3450?

lga1155 Gigabyte Z68A D3
lga1155 Gigabyte Z68AP D3
lga1155 Gigabyte Z68MA D2H
lga1155 Gigabyte Z68X UD3H
lga1155 Gigabyte Z68XP-UD5
lga1155 Gigabyte Z77 D3H
lga1155 Gigabyte Z77MX D3H
lga1155 Gigabyte Z77X UD3H

lga1155 Asrock H77 Pro4 MVP
lga1155 Asrock H77M
lga1155 Asrock Z68 Pro3 Gen3
lga1155 Asrock Z68M USB3
lga1155 Asrock Z77 Extreme 4
lga1155 Asrock Z77 Pro 3
lga1155 Asrock Z77 Pro 4
lga1155 Asrock Z77 Pro 4 M


Here is the rest of my build:
CPU: i5 3550 or 3450
Motherboard: "Please do suggest"
Rams: G.Skill Ares (Dual) 2x4gb ddr3 1600 CL9 (F3 1600CL9D 8GAB)
PSU: Seasonic (S12II) 620watts PSU 80Plus Bronze
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  1. anyone?
  2. Take your pick these are all solid mobo some are over 150 but not all hope this helps

    MOBO:ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293#top

    mobo:ASRock Z77 Pro3 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157297#top

    mobo:ASRock Z77 Performance LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157298#top

    mobo:GIGABYTE GA-Z77-D3H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128543#top

    mobo:ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131837#top

    mobo:ASUS P8Z77-V LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131820#top

    mobo:GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128545#top

    mobo:ASRock Z77 Extreme6 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157295&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-Motherboards%20-%20Intel-_-ASRock-_-13157295&AID=10440897&PID=3938566&SID=#top
  3. I would like to know WHY you are not OCing? It seems to me like there are no valid reasons not to overclock CPUs these days. I'd just go with any 100$ z68 motherboard that has all the features you need and get a 2500k. The overclocked 2500k will perform much better than the 3550. With the stock cooler, and stock voltages (no possibility of damaging your CPU whatsoever). I'd recommend getting an Asrock motherboard.
  4. i reckon it would probably be better to get a 3570k, encase in the future if u want to overclock or anyway it gives abit of a boost compared to a 3550. the motherboard i would go with would probably be the z77x-ud3h. got great features, great price, never had a problem with gigabyte been using since 2003+.

    if you really wanted to go with the 3550 i would recommend that over the 3450 and i would go with the z77x-ud3h
  5. i dont want to OC becoz i dont know how to. I just want a PC for my gaming needs and that could handle games decently.
  6. Enter bios. Move multiplier from 33 to 42. There you go, you have an overclocked 4.2 ghz core i-5 2500k. Done.
  7. OCing is NOT needed to get good framerates. OCing has a very small impact on FPS that it is not worth it on IB.
  8. ok so here is the update of the setup im planning to buy this wed.

    Intel Core i5 3550 3.3-3.7Ghz (Quad Core) Ivy Bridge
    lga1155 Asrock H77 Pro4 MVP
    Sapphire HD 7850 2gb 256bit gddr5
    FSP Raider 650watts 80PLUS Bronze
    G.Skill RipJaws X (dual) 2x4gb ddr3 1600 CL9 (F3 12800CL9D 8GBXL)
    BenQ 24\" (RL2450H) LED

    will this be ok and balanced? i have read some sites that if no plans on OCing much better to stick with H77 boards and i find this H77 Pro4 MVP has a decent specs.
    any suggestions?
  9. Looks like a very good mobo for the price although don't get it if you ever plan on crossfire or SLI. 1 @x4 means it will only run on 1/4 of the bandwidth. Also what are you going to use for hard drive? SSD or HDD? To be honest ssd is pretty damn awesome. I have one in my new machine and map changes are instantaneous. Won't give you more FPS or anything but faster map loading is awesome.
  10. i'll buy an SSD maybe once i have the extra cash. I'll be using my previous HDD from my Phenom Rig. and i dont plan on CF/SLI.
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