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I'm preparing my first build and I want a good reliable motherboard with 4 memory slots as well as one I can SLI in the future and some minimal overclocking. I'm leaning towards either the IB 3570k or the 2500k, so something that works well with those, I want it to be a Z77 or Z75 mobo. Any suggestions for a pick in the price range of around $130 max? Also, should I go with the 3570k or 2500k for gaming? Thanks
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Whichever CPU you can get for cheaper, go with. The Ivy Bridge cpu can go from 4.5 - 4.7 at air, with higher air temps, and the SB can go 4.7 - 5.0 ghz. In terms of performance they are equal with max air overclocks, but the Ivy cpu is over 1 year newer. It is up to you which you purchase.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138355
http://www.biostar.com.tw/app/en/mb/introduction.php?S_ID=581

if you would like to know why it is a good board, click on the links in my signature and it will explain the 13 VRMs part. It has enough pcie slots with enoug allocated bandwitdh to do sli with little no limitation, unless you use a 690 on a slot, in which case there will be loss of performance.

That is a very good board. It offers great features at a value, and will be fantastic for Overclocking with no worries and good setup for Tri SLI

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PCI_Express
http://www.pcisig.com/news_room/faqs/pcie3.0_faq/

PCIE - 3.0 = 2x PCIE 2.0 bandwidth, so you're really looking at x16. And most GPU's do not saturate x16. most hit somewhere around x4/x8, so that pcie 3.0 x4 port is really an x8 at 2.0 so you can tri sli if you wish.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGA_1155

this board if of course workable with both the 2500k and the 3570k. Initial worries about the lower tdp of the 3570k would lead to lower quality power delivery but with that board it is not the case.

Edit: Heres the whole list, with your price range essentially.

not all can sli though:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=Property&Subcategory=280&Description=&Type=&N=100007627&IsNodeId=1&IsPowerSearch=1&srchInDesc=&MinPrice=&MaxPrice=131&PropertyCodeValue=705%3A88788&PropertyCodeValue=717%3A292871&PropertyCodeValue=717%3A288642

Whoops, edited.

and all sli:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?bop=And&Submit=Property&N=100007627%20600176035&IsNodeId=1&PropertyCodeValue=705%3a88788%2c717%3a292871%2c717%3a288642&maxPrice=131

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157306
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Awesome, thanks for the help. That biostar looks pretty good. I actually decided to buy the IB i5-3550, it was a good deal, I got it for $190, and I'm not planning on overclocking much so the locked multiplier wont be a problem for me. I have been looking at this Gigabyte Motherboard as well, it doesn't specifically say it is SLI compatible, but I think it is because of the PCI 3.0 x16 slot right? I have a zotac gtx 560 ti oc that i got for $170, is this a good mobo to sli with that gpu? and also, the supported memory for this mobo is 1600, and then jumps up to 2666(OC), does that mean i have to jump from 1600 to 2666? Thanks
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Awesome, thanks for the help. That biostar looks pretty good. I actually decided to buy the IB i5-3550, it was a good deal, I got it for $190, and I'm not planning on overclocking much so the locked multiplier wont be a problem for me. I have been looking at this Gigabyte Motherboard as well, it doesn't specifically say it is SLI compatible, but I think it is because of the PCI 3.0 x16 slot right? I have a zotac gtx 560 ti oc that i got for $170, is this a good mobo to sli with that gpu? and also, the supported memory for this mobo is 1600, and then jumps up to 2666(OC), does that mean i have to jump from 1600 to 2666? Thanks

What gigabyte motherboard are you talking about? Could you link it?

And the biostar will out-compete anything at that price range, even Asrocks offerings.

And for memory that is just a range.

You motherboard will support up to 1600mhz ram, and if you overclock your processor and memory, it will support up to 2666mhz.
     
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I forgot the link http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128544

That is a more expensive motherboard, by about $40. Is that not $30 over your $130 budget?

It is a good motherboard though. But there are other options at that price range. And yes it can sli
     
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Yes it is over budget, but newegg has some good bundles where I can save $20-30, and it seems like such a good motherboard. Do you think it would be worth the upgrade? There was a review on another thread that really convinced me, and all the reviews I've seen elsewhere make it seem like its really solid.
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Yes it is over budget, but newegg has some good bundles where I can save $20-30, and it seems like such a good motherboard. Do you think it would be worth the upgrade? There was a review on another thread that really convinced me, and all the reviews I've seen elsewhere make it seem like its really solid.

What bundles are you looking into?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147094 pick up two of those for dual channel. Even though you won't be ugprading, those are low voltage kits, and they're certainly nice. You can overclock or underclock them without affect on your cpu I believe, and they scale in performance really well.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157298
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138354
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157295
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130644

These are all equally comparable boards with similar features. Again the Biostar has the most for the price. I like the UD3/5 from giga personally, they're known for they're price to performance, but I recommending looking into other options as well.

http://www.tweaktown.com/pressrelease/6815/biostar_tz77xe4_motherboards_on_the_latest_intel_z77_chipset_everything_for_the_best_and_stable_performance/index.html
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/z77-extreme6-z77a-gd65-z77h2-a2x,3187-6.html

^that toms hardware review goes over the ud3h and the xe4, somethings to look at. You might have better luck separately goggling each board for reviews, it comes down to personal preference, all are good boards .
     
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I've been looking at that TZ77XE4 for my upgrade myself. I've used Biostar boards for every system build I've done for the past 8-9 years and they are all still running strong.

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