Best cheap z75, z77 mobo

Hi,

I have a couple of questions ;)
Is Asrock z75 PRO 3 a good motherboard as I can't find any reviews on the web??
Are there any other recommended boards with z75 or z77 chipsets within the price range of the asrock I just mentioned above.
Is an intel i5 3450 sufficient enough for a gaming pc?
And finally are there any things I should change in the following set up without drastically changing to price in order to make it better for gaming:
This is a pre-built system from Poland, which I'm planning to buy very soon
-i5 3450
-Asus HD6870 Direct CU
-8 GB RAM clocked at 1333MHz
-500Gb HDD
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  1. the z75 boards are just the middleman between z77 ad h77. low end z77 and z75 boards usually have a 6 phase overclocking system(vs the higher ends 8 phase) is usually the main difference between budgets. the i5-3450 is non unlocked so it really wouldnt matter. it should suffice in general because of the fact that at stock, ivy bridge is ~10%ish faster than its sandy bridge counterpart of the same ghz speed.
  2. Thanks I'll go with this board then as I don't plan on overclocking at all right now. It's gonna be an immense jump for me :o

    Please don't LOL at my current 'rig' :p
    Packard Bell iMedia [Bought 7 years ago by my clueless parents -.-]
    Core 2 Duo E4300 running at Stock 1.8Ghz
    nVidia GeForce 7500 LE, 64MB dedicated ram, clocked at 450Mhz, it lags when running medal of honor ALLIED ASSAULT with anti-aliasing and the temp's go up to 89 Celsius !!!
    2Gb DDR2 Ram clocked at 800Mhz
    250Gb HDD
    300 Watt PSU

    I mostly play Flight Sim 2004 as the rest is simply unplayable on my PC, and now I had enough of my PS3 which was great but I sold it to get extra money for the new setup. Okay sorry for bullshitting but I'm sure you can understand my excitement ;)
  3. Kamil_K said:
    Thanks I'll go with this board then as I don't plan on overclocking at all right now. It's gonna be an immense jump for me :o

    Please don't LOL at my current 'rig' :p
    Packard Bell iMedia [Bought 7 years ago by my clueless parents -.-]
    Core 2 Duo E4300 running at Stock 1.8Ghz
    nVidia GeForce 7500 LE, 64MB dedicated ram, clocked at 450Mhz, it lags when running medal of honor ALLIED ASSAULT with anti-aliasing and the temp's go up to 89 Celsius !!!
    2Gb DDR2 Ram clocked at 800Mhz
    250Gb HDD
    300 Watt PSU

    I mostly play Flight Sim 2004 as the rest is simply unplayable on my PC, and now I had enough of my PS3 which was great but I sold it to get extra money for the new setup. Okay sorry for bullshitting but I'm sure you can understand my excitement ;)



    got nothing against what i upgraded from so dont worry

    http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c00388349&tmp_task=prodinfoCategory&cc=us&dlc=en&lc=en&product=470505

    http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/ca/en/ho/WF06b/12139188-78299199-78299212-78299212-78299212-81135202-81583360.html?dnr=1
  4. dudewitbow said:

    :ouch: What fps did you get in solitare? :p

    BTW I just decided to move up to ASUS Direct CU HD6870, actually a big performance increase over the 6850 for a minimal price increase. That is in games like metro 2033 maxed out, from 23FPS(6850) to 30FPS on the 6870 :)
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