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I really want to make a run a 5.0 ghz with my 2500k and see if I can't get a stable 24/7 overclock. I am water-cooling. I am considering either the Gigabyte z77 ud5h or the MSI z77 gd65. Which one can most likely get me to it?
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I would prefer the Gigabyte board over the MSI board. This is only because of personal preference, and I have heard more good things about GB versus MSI.

Take a look at this thread. It should help you. thumb.gif
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I understand that a lot of folks love the gigabyte board for the features it offers compared to price, but I'm wondering about straight overclockability?
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Honestly I feel as though both boards are going to be fairly equal in phyisical overclockability. (Gotta love that word thumb.gif ) It's going to be pretty reliant on you getting a good chip. I believe the statistic was that like only 10-20% of 2500k's can get to 5ghz stable. Also, take a look at both companies new BIOS's and see which one you like.
post #5 of 7
The Asus Maximus IV Gene-Z is an excellent overclocker. Guru3D did a review on one a while back and said they were able to overclock their i7 further on that board than on any other that theyve tested. Might be worth a look. Its mATX though but still able to do dual video cards. You just wouldnt be able to do dual cards and a sound card but it already has pretty solid sound on it to begin with. This is actually my favorite Intel motherboard right now. Tons of performance, features and build quality but a decent price point as it usually runs $180.
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I know its extra picky, but the reason I was asking about the gigabyte and msi board was because of their blue and black color scheme, which perfectly compliments my rig. I didn't state why I was asking about those two boards specifically, though. I am sure there are probably better overclockers out there than these two boards, but I really want to stick to the color scheme.
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post #7 of 7
Check out these videos for some great unboxings, Linus is the man.

MSI UD65

Gigabyte UD5H
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