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Hmm interesting. Honestly, I plan on OC'ing it to a somewhat stable clock, nothing drastic. If it sits at 4.2, it sits at 4.2. Like I said, I am not investing in anything past the A70 I have on it.
Also, I plan on getting another 670 GTX to SLI in the future, so that will be the extent of my graphical necessity; I don't see PCIE 3.0 being important (from my limited knowledge).
So it really comes down to..
It seems like IB is about $30~ more than SB, and the mobos are maybe $10~20 more depending.
so let's say an even $50 more for an IB setup that doesn't really perform that much better? Or does it?~? ONLY TIME (and your posts) will tell!!

You should be able to hit 4.2 GHz at stock voltage on IB.

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So Just checking in on this thread one last time. I think I've decided to just go with Ivy Bridge.. the pricing difference isn't too amazing. So last thing: What motherboard in the Z77 should I be going with?
I am thinking your typical Asrock is fine: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293
From my understanding for the price that will offer me the best overclock.
There are options from MSI, Giga, Asus.. what do you guys think?
Edit: Il'l Xpost this over to mobo section, dont' want to anger the gods =D

I love my MSI Z77A-GD55 and I have OC'd a 3770k to 5.0 GHz stable @ 1.38v on it. And the price on it is good.
Edited by Darth Oscar - 5/31/12 at 12:28pm
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You should be able to hit 4.2 GHz at stock voltage on IB.
I love my MSI Z77A-GD55 and I have OC'd a 3770k to 5.0 GHz stable @ 1.38v on it. And the price on it is good.

Cool thanks man. Just for reference, is the GD45 going to be that much difference than the 55? The main difference I see is an intel ethernet controller on the 55 vs a realtek on eon the 45...

Are there any other features that I should really care about when deciding between all these recommended $160~ boards compared to the $140~ boards? It seems like there are an awful lot of VERY similar Z77 boards out there and if it saves me $30 to get one without some obscure feature, i don't mind it.
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Honestly, I'd stay away from an MSI board. They have a strong history of exploding vrms.
 
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Honestly, I'd stay away from an MSI board. They have a strong history of exploding vrms.

Interesting. This is by far the first I heard of this. My buddy's MSI works wonders but I think he is running his i7-2600k on stock. Sooo, this makes it Asus and ASRock? Gigabyte was mentioned in those exploding VRM posts too unfortunately.
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I absolutely love my Gigabyte z77x-ud3h. FANTASTIC board with excellent overclocking features. Also I only paid $89 for it tongue.gif

Ha, how did you get your Gigabyte z77x-ud3h for only $89?
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Ha, how did you get your Gigabyte z77x-ud3h for only $89?

MC ran out of the cheap asrock board I wanted, so I decided to get the gigabyte board that was also $50 off already, and since they were out of the board I "really wanted" they applied the discount twice.
 
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MC ran out of the cheap asrock board I wanted, so I decided to get the gigabyte board that was also $50 off already, and since they were out of the board I "really wanted" they applied the discount twice.

Gah, I wish my Microcenter wasn't a solid 2 hours of travel in traffic. I'd be there getting this stuff if it wasn't. Oh well. The UD3H seems like a perfect sweet spot for price in this.. maybe I'll go with that.
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Interesting. This is by far the first I heard of this. My buddy's MSI works wonders but I think he is running his i7-2600k on stock. Sooo, this makes it Asus and ASRock? Gigabyte was mentioned in those exploding VRM posts too unfortunately.

MSI's AMD boards were the ones that blew up, AFAIK the Intel ones are fine and should not have their VRM's catch on fire. Gigabyte are fine in both regards. Also those posts referred to low end chipset mobos on AMD's side when their owners went over 1.4vcore to get that 4GHz+ OC. At the stock 1.35 voltage they usually ran okay....
Edited by SpartanVXL - 5/31/12 at 3:57pm
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Honestly, I'd stay away from an MSI board. They have a strong history of exploding vrms.

Hmm I have been using MSI boards forever and never had that issue.
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So I just realized that the MSI boards don't have a regular PCI slot, which means my X-fi Xtremegamer (which I have had absolutely no issues with and love) would be unuseable. Count them out. The Gigabyte has one PCI slot but it is directly below the second PCI 3.0 slot, meaning if I SLI in the future, it renders that PCI slot unuseable. That pretty much leaves me with the Asrock or an expensive Asus. I guess Extreme4 or Extreme6 gets the nod. The only downside really seems to be the cheaper ethernet controller.. which is pretty marginal for a complaint.
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