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Good to know, thanks!
So it seems like the three (budget friendly) suggestions I've heard so far are the ASRock Z77 Pro4-M from my first post, the MSI Z77MA-G45 and the Gigabyte GA-Z77MX-D3H.
Given my needs, are there any factors that should influence me towards one of those in particular, or is should any one of them be satisfactory?

If you plan to use a micro-atx case & run Crossfire/SLI, do not buy the Gigabyte Z77MX-D3H or Sniper M3. The pci-e layout for Crossfire/SLI makes those particular mobos non-compliant to micro-atx cases. Thought you should be aware of that if you did not know thumb.gif

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I was somewhat concerned about the Gigabyte's 4-pin CPU power...

That 4-pin_12V power is plenty for OCing on the Gigabyte Z77MX-D3H & Sniper M3 biggrin.gif
Edited by drBlahMan - 5/1/12 at 6:45am
post #12 of 19
I think if you are on a really strict budget and only looking at a single GPU then the Biostar TZ77MXE has got to be hard to look past.
It has 8 phase PWM and if it shares any of the quality and features with its bigger brother (TZ77XE4) it should perform and overclock very nicely.

Check the reviews of the larger ATX Biostar boards to see what I mean
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post #13 of 19
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I think if you are on a really strict budget and only looking at a single GPU then the Biostar TZ77MXE has got to be hard to look past.
It has 8 phase PWM and if it shares any of the quality and features with its bigger brother (TZ77XE4) it should perform and overclock very nicely.
Check the reviews of the larger ATX Biostar boards to see what I mean

The TZ77MXE is a very tempting little mobo for the price but I would spend the extra $30 for Gigabyte Z77MX-D3H to have a more robust & dual UEFI bios, better build quality, better sata port layout, & more rear usb ports thumb.gif
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If you plan to use a micro-atx case & run Crossfire/SLI, do not buy the Gigabyte Z77MX-D3H or Sniper M3. The pci-e layout for Crossfire/SLI makes those particular mobos non-compliant to micro-atx cases. Thought you should be aware of that if you did not know thumb.gif

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post #15 of 19
I think it's because the slots for Xfire/SLI are the top slot (x16) and the bottom slot (x8) which means, unless you have a matx case with 5 expansion slots instead of 4, you won't be able to run sli on this motherboard because it will conflict with the PSU/case - I suppose if you used a single slot card that might work as well.
post #16 of 19
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Definitely no need for SLI/Crossfire. Truth be told I was getting along fine with my old GeForce 7900GT, but was having some driver issues with the card and decided to go for my current Radeon HD 5770 because it's what was good bang-for-buck at the time. wink.gif I'm one of the people who tends to place more demands on CPU than GPU.
post #17 of 19
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Well since the Asrock got the most users in favor and it seems to be a good brand overall, I finally decided on that one. Thanks for all the advice guys!
post #18 of 19
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Well since the Asrock got the most users in favor and it seems to be a good brand overall, I finally decided on that one. Thanks for all the advice guys!

The ASRock is good, but I would have gotten the Biostar over the ASRock... but you can't go wrong with either. thumb.gif
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post #19 of 19
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The ASRock is good, but I would have gotten the Biostar over the ASRock... but you can't go wrong with either. thumb.gif

I second that thumb.gif & I also agree smile.gif
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