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yes, because of the price discrepancy
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Damn, that is a lot! OP, go with ASUS then. tongue.gif

Good rule of thumb when it comes to advertised motherboard features: if you don't know what they do, they're useless for you. Phillyd sounds like he knows what they do, and can thus use them.

He says the Asrock will serve well because it can, you know, run everything the Asus can run in terms of processors/gpus/hard drives attached to it and that sort of thing. At least I hope that's what he means, otherwise I'm being rude and putting words in his mouth smile.gif.

Although I have to say I was disappointed when I double-checked and saw that of the Asrock z77 extreme 4's 5 fan headers, only one was a 4-pin controllable header. Even my low-end Asrock mobo has 2 controllable fan headers - one of the reasons I paid $5 more than for a biostar.
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post #33 of 38
Thought about X79?

i7 3820 + ASUS P9X79 Motherboard.

Would be a great upgrade path for 'future proofing'.

There are cheaper boards but I just thought this is better for the 'future' due to 8 RAM slots.

Good luck on your choice!
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Getting an i7-3820 is kind of like buying an i7-2600k but paying an extra $100-150 for the exact same performance.

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When I bought my 2700K and motherboard, it was around ~$550.00. Choosing the i7 3820 and a decent board can come in at much less. The chip is cheaper than the 2600K and the motherboards are in a similar price bracket for something decent.

If you look around i'm sure that he can get a good deal within budget.
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Thanks all for the great advice.

I looked into the 2011 route but I could not find any deals that put it cheaper than an 2600k I can pick up.

So I made my purchase. After sorting through every feature I think I needed, board layout, useability, and performance I spent a little extra and got an ASUS P877-V and an i7-2600k.
I was able to pick up the board for $160 and the CPU for $200 at Microcenter, $50 discount for CPU + Mobo, and a discount they gave me earlier.

I considered the ASRock because it would have been $80 and good for my wallet, but as a long term investment the better controllers on the Asus appealed to me. For just a gamer the ASRock would be perfect because it does do everything the Asus does, and in that case you'd just need the 2500k. For work the better BIOS and controllers just gave me peace of mind.

The board is really, really, really, nice. Coming from a budget P5Q SE/R that might not be saying much, but it is a huge upgrade for me. Lovely to build on.
Here is the amazing thing... I had my RAID 0 on the P45 chipset, well I plugged everything into the new board (after creating backup images for the thought partial system rebuild), set the BIOS to Raid and magically the Array is intact and fully functional. wth.gifeek.gifwheee.gif My OS is on my SSD and my array is not part of the OS.

It is basically Plug n Play!!! (almost)

Ran prime for a bit and stock settings are stable. Temps are 24-28'c at idle (browser use) with my old Xigy S-1283 (1 fan). Load at stock is 48-50'c after 40 min of Prime blend.
Now I am figuring out how to overclock a bit. 4.5 seems to be popular.

I'll try to get some pictures later.
Anyone looking for a z77 mobo the Asus P8Z77-V is lovely. Same performance and build as the PRO version just minus a couple Sata and USB slots I think.
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Damn, that is a lot! OP, go with ASUS then. tongue.gif

Good rule of thumb when it comes to advertised motherboard features: if you don't know what they do, they're useless for you. Phillyd sounds like he knows what they do, and can thus use them.

He says the Asrock will serve well because it can, you know, run everything the Asus can run in terms of processors/gpus/hard drives attached to it and that sort of thing. At least I hope that's what he means, otherwise I'm being rude and putting words in his mouth smile.gif.

Although I have to say I was disappointed when I double-checked and saw that of the Asrock z77 extreme 4's 5 fan headers, only one was a 4-pin controllable header. Even my low-end Asrock mobo has 2 controllable fan headers - one of the reasons I paid $5 more than for a biostar.
I didnt know what any of the features were when i got my sabertooth. but yes, the ASRock would have been effective, but there are conveniences with the OCing features youd miss.
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Thanks all for the great advice.

I looked into the 2011 route but I could not find any deals that put it cheaper than an 2600k I can pick up.

So I made my purchase. After sorting through every feature I think I needed, board layout, useability, and performance I spent a little extra and got an ASUS P877-V and an i7-2600k.
I was able to pick up the board for $160 and the CPU for $200 at Microcenter, $50 discount for CPU + Mobo, and a discount they gave me earlier.

I considered the ASRock because it would have been $80 and good for my wallet, but as a long term investment the better controllers on the Asus appealed to me. For just a gamer the ASRock would be perfect because it does do everything the Asus does, and in that case you'd just need the 2500k. For work the better BIOS and controllers just gave me peace of mind.

The board is really, really, really, nice. Coming from a budget P5Q SE/R that might not be saying much, but it is a huge upgrade for me. Lovely to build on.
Here is the amazing thing... I had my RAID 0 on the P45 chipset, well I plugged everything into the new board (after creating backup images for the thought partial system rebuild), set the BIOS to Raid and magically the Array is intact and fully functional. wth.gifeek.gifwheee.gif My OS is on my SSD and my array is not part of the OS.

It is basically Plug n Play!!! (almost)

Ran prime for a bit and stock settings are stable. Temps are 24-28'c at idle (browser use) with my old Xigy S-1283 (1 fan). Load at stock is 48-50'c after 40 min of Prime blend.
Now I am figuring out how to overclock a bit. 4.5 seems to be popular.

I'll try to get some pictures later.
Anyone looking for a z77 mobo the Asus P8Z77-V is lovely. Same performance and build as the PRO version just minus a couple Sata and USB slots I think.

Good choices OP! look up and learn to use the mem ok! EPU, TPU, auto tuner and the other things i said, no use in getting new features without learning about them!
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Thanks. Not out of the water yet it seems. Mostly running great save for 2 issues.
See thread
http://www.overclock.net/t/1250054/help-with-asus-p8z77-v

Problems with my audio card and configuring the onboard audio. (post in help thread plz smile.gif )
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