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post #1 of 34
Thread Starter 
Hello,
Thanks for helping me choose a z77 board.

I'm currently looking at a:
1)GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD3H
2)ASROCK Z77-Extreme4

My spec will be pretty much the same as my sig rig other than obviously the mobo and the cpu, as well as ripjawx 4x2 instead of the dominators

So, here are some specs I want and don't want, feel free to give me more suggested boards:

1) I will only have 1 GPU

2) I will have dual channel Ripjawx 4x2 to 1600, no more.

3) CPU OC 4.0 on air( I know, not hard)

4) I don't care for mobo visual inputs, do not care for P/S2

5) Stays cool, I live in Arizona, it's hell.


optional: black and white color scheme, as long as it's majority black the board will be fine.
Fast boot time, I know gigabyte boards have a slow speed record in that regard, is that fixed in Z77 boards?

Thanks!
Edited by darksen - 4/16/12 at 2:03pm
post #2 of 34
you cant go wrong with either of those two..
Gigabyte have really lifted their game since issues with sandy bridge boards and are back with a vengeance and are well worth looking at nowadays..
Asrock extreme series have proven themselves on the market as very reliable solid bang for buck boards..
in the end i would go for a Gigabyte board and the one you chose is a great board for price.. also in you can i would go for this GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128545
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post #3 of 34
Thread Starter 
thank you thumb.gif, I definitely looked at the UD5H as well, could you tell me why you would recommend it?
post #4 of 34
mostly because of better chip set and VRM cooling and packed with chokes so you get a nice smooth voltage to the CPU which IMO is always beneficial in a hot area even if you dont push your chip much.. tho it was another GB board to look at for better cooling, the UD3H will do you just fine smile.gif
as too GB slow boot times my z68 GB boards i have seem to boot just fine but problems they had with bootlooping with sandy bridge has been rectified smile.gif
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post #5 of 34
Thread Starter 
Hmm I have a X58 board, not even sandy era. Glad to hear it's fixed, that era also had huge problems with the marvel controller vs sandforce SSDs.

My current rig boots up with SSD with all peripherals disabled takes around 40seconds, my GF's computer with a cheap biostar board is able to start (also SSD) in mere 12 seconds. If it was less than 10 seconds difference I wouldn't care much, but with the bios and what not it's taken quite a long time.

Hmm, if it's just better cooling and features I dont' really need then I won't be spending $30 more for it. Unless I find other conflicting problems with the board.
post #6 of 34
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Originally Posted by darksen View Post

Hmm I have a X58 board, not even sandy era. Glad to hear it's fixed, that era also had huge problems with the marvel controller vs sandforce SSDs.
My current rig boots up with SSD with all peripherals disabled takes around 40seconds, my GF's computer with a cheap biostar board is able to start (also SSD) in mere 12 seconds. If it was less than 10 seconds difference I wouldn't care much, but with the bios and what not it's taken quite a long time.
Hmm, if it's just better cooling and features I dont' really need then I won't be spending $30 more for it. Unless I find other conflicting problems with the board.

that is terrible boot times, i nearly can do 40 secs from a HDD...
actually re-reading your OP
the Asrock z77 exteme4 would be perfect an save you some money.. plus its a good board if you want to OC higher..
if your happy with just a small OC then you could save more by looking at these two
ASRock Z77 Pro4
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157296

ASRock Z77 Pro3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157297

they will all meet your needs listed in the OP smile.gif
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i7-3770k Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP5 TH MSI GTX460 G.Skill TridentX 2400 2 x 4GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Plextor M5p 128GB 2 x WD 500GB Blues LG Prolimatech Megahalems Rev C 
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Arctic F12 CO PWM x 2 Push/Pull Windows 7 64 bit Ultimate LG IPS235V Corsair AX850 
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Coolermaster HAF 912 advanced (Asia version) 
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Samsung 830 128GB WD black 500GB Liteon Coolermaster Hyper 212+ EVO 
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Win 7 ultimate Samsung Syncmaster 932gwe+ OCZ ZT series 550W Coolermaster 410 
CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
1.67Ghz Atom stock 1GB DDR2 2 x 500GB Western Digital Cavier Blacks [RAID 1] 
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stock DSM3.2 [built on linux] stock stock 
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post #7 of 34
Thread Starter 
perfect! And the extreme4 just came back instock on newegg.

Do you know which one of these is a better LAN chipset? Realtek 8111E or Broadcom BCM57781

like you said, everything else seems the same between the 3 ASROCK boards, I will probably pick the cheapest one since I should never go above 4.5GHZ(that is possible with the pro3 right? or do I have to get pro4)

again, thank you so much for helping me.
post #8 of 34
for overclocking to 4.5GHz i would play it safe and go an extreme4 which i know will handle 4.5GHz.. i dont really think the pro boards are the best for OC'ing that high IMO..
as to LAN chipsets both are pretty good but i would lean towards broadcom because they make nice router chipsets..

your welcome BTW smile.gif
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Plextor M5p 128GB 2 x WD 500GB Blues LG Prolimatech Megahalems Rev C 
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Arctic F12 CO PWM x 2 Push/Pull Windows 7 64 bit Ultimate LG IPS235V Corsair AX850 
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Coolermaster HAF 912 advanced (Asia version) 
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I5-3570K Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3 Inno3D Ichill GTX660 8GB G.Skill RipjawsX 1600 
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Samsung 830 128GB WD black 500GB Liteon Coolermaster Hyper 212+ EVO 
OSMonitorPowerCase
Win 7 ultimate Samsung Syncmaster 932gwe+ OCZ ZT series 550W Coolermaster 410 
CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
1.67Ghz Atom stock 1GB DDR2 2 x 500GB Western Digital Cavier Blacks [RAID 1] 
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stock DSM3.2 [built on linux] stock stock 
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Wife's Rig
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-3770k Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP5 TH MSI GTX460 G.Skill TridentX 2400 2 x 4GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Plextor M5p 128GB 2 x WD 500GB Blues LG Prolimatech Megahalems Rev C 
CoolingOSMonitorPower
Arctic F12 CO PWM x 2 Push/Pull Windows 7 64 bit Ultimate LG IPS235V Corsair AX850 
Case
Coolermaster HAF 912 advanced (Asia version) 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
I5-3570K Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3 Inno3D Ichill GTX660 8GB G.Skill RipjawsX 1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Samsung 830 128GB WD black 500GB Liteon Coolermaster Hyper 212+ EVO 
OSMonitorPowerCase
Win 7 ultimate Samsung Syncmaster 932gwe+ OCZ ZT series 550W Coolermaster 410 
CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
1.67Ghz Atom stock 1GB DDR2 2 x 500GB Western Digital Cavier Blacks [RAID 1] 
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stock DSM3.2 [built on linux] stock stock 
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post #9 of 34
Thread Starter 
I'm safe with the rig I have to OC to 4.0 with the pro3? and+repped.
post #10 of 34
I am also wondering which board to pick.

I will be going with a 3770k probably, and going to OC to 4-4.5GHz on a CM 212+.

Need one PCI 16 slot
Need one PCI Legacy slot
Need one PCI x1 slot

Everything else is pretty mundane.

What should I go with...and money is an object. The lowest possible with a UEFI bios would be nice.
    
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