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I can get a i5-3570k and an Asus P8Z77-V Deluxe combo or a i7-3770k and Gigabyte Z77x UD3H combo for around the same price, +/- $5. What do you guys think is the better option? Hoping to get some pretty good overclocks, will be going watercooled very soon for my CPU. Currently I'm leaning a bit closer to the i5 and Deluxe-what do you guys think?
 
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Both are good boards from respected manufacturers. I am partial to ASUS as are most of the people on here but ASUS has also previously had better BIOS's in the past but I do believe Gigabyte improved on their Z77 bios. You overclocking potential will likely be the same but the hardcore guys always stuck with ASUS for sandy bridge motherboards. Probably still true because they are so similar.
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If I didn't get the Saberooth, the Deluxe would have been my second choice wink.gif I am impressed with their bios and monitoring/management software smile.gif
    
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Thanks guys, leaning towards the Deluxe and i5-3570k. biggrin.gif excited for my first OC chip ever....if nobody else comments, will be getting this soon.
 
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There's a $100 difference between the 3570k and 3770k. If you can get a bundle with those processors at about the same price, I'd say go for the 3770k smile.gif (unless you absolutely need that P8Z77-V Deluxe for those additional features)
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There's a $100 difference between the 3570k and 3770k. If you can get a bundle with those processors at about the same price, I'd say go for the 3770k smile.gif (unless you absolutely need that P8Z77-V Deluxe for those additional features)

Well, the Gigabyte UD3H is quite a bit cheaper, that's why I'm wondering if the power design would be good enough for the higher OCs I plan on trying to achieve when I go liquid cooled in a bit. I wont be needing the HT that comes with the i7, so I may go for the better mobo with the i5, also considering what was said about Asus above.

Thanks for the help though!
 
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this is my experience with the UD3H wink.gif
Under Air cooling, max OC for validation was 5.3ghz with 3770K, and this is max OC with some sort of stability:
458

Now I took the UD3H under LN2:
Max OC:
449
Some benchmark under Ln2:
http://img213.imageshack.us/img213/6204/90046228.jpg

I would say the UD3H has the most powerful phases, and I wouldn't be far from the truth. This thing can push a lot of power per phase, putting its VRM in the range of current output of that of the 16 phase ASUS boards and the 12 phase GB boards.

GB wouldn't put OC features like voltage read points, POST codes, dual BIOS switch, unless the board was really a heavy hitter in the OC arena.

I just wrote this: http://www.overclock.net/t/1252290/z77x-ud3h-review-and-oc-testing-circuit-analysis-ln2-runs-efficiency-comparison

Phase quality over quantity is a lesson many people are going to have to accept smile.gif
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this is my experience with the UD3H wink.gif
Under Air cooling, max OC for validation was 5.3ghz with 3770K, and this is max OC with some sort of stability:
458
Now I took the UD3H under LN2:
Max OC:
449
Some benchmark under Ln2:
http://img213.imageshack.us/img213/6204/90046228.jpg
I would say the UD3H has the most powerful phases, and I wouldn't be far from the truth. This thing can push a lot of power per phase, putting its VRM in the range of current output of that of the 16 phase ASUS boards and the 12 phase GB boards.
GB wouldn't put OC features like voltage read points, POST codes, dual BIOS switch, unless the board was really a heavy hitter in the OC arena.
I just wrote this: http://www.overclock.net/t/1252290/z77x-ud3h-review-and-oc-testing-circuit-analysis-ln2-runs-efficiency-comparison
Phase quality over quantity is a lesson many people are going to have to accept smile.gif

Woah, I'm really glad I read that. I will probably go for the higher end chip then biggrin.gif sounds good
 
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Glad you have it sorted out smile.gif

Personally, I went for the 3570k because I don't really need HT (though I do some work with my machine that can benefit from it) but $100 for HT and a little bit more L3 cache (what I consider the most important differences between the 3570k and 3770k, don't really care about virtualization or other stuff) is asking a lot.

Also, I'm planning on removing the IHS at some point (for science !) and watercool the die directly, it would feel less painful should I break it.
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Glad you have it sorted out smile.gif
Personally, I went for the 3570k because I don't really need HT (though I do some work with my machine that can benefit from it) but $100 for HT and a little bit more L3 cache (what I consider the most important differences between the 3570k and 3770k, don't really care about virtualization or other stuff) is asking a lot.
Also, I'm planning on removing the IHS at some point (for science !) and watercool the die directly, it would feel less painful should I break it.

yea sometimes it can be a better decision to save the money, for me I like to have HT, and the extra cache just in case, but then again $100 means a lot depending on how much you value a computer part lol. Good luck with that IHS thing!!
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Woah, I'm really glad I read that. I will probably go for the higher end chip then biggrin.gif sounds good
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