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Which motherboard to use? Z68 or Z77?

post #1 of 6
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Hi guys, I have an MSI Z77a GD65 motherboard on my own use at the moment, before I had an asus mobo, but I recently got the asus mobo from warranty, and it´s brand new.

What bothers me about MSI is, every time I boot windows I have to change sound device from "external sound" to headphones to be able to listen to anything, and I´ve heard the Asus is better for OC/has better integrated audio card? Any tips guys? In other hand im bout to reinstall Windows 7 anyways so I might just aswell change mobo at same time?

Rest computer is;

Asus gtx 580 dcii
super flower 550w
fractal design r3 arctic white
2xkingstong ssd 128gb
1tb+500gb samsung f3
2x4gb corsair vengeance 1600mhz
msi z77a gd65
silver arrow cpu cooler
dell u2412m
qpad mk80
tt esports theron
steelseries siberia v2
post #2 of 6
What CPU do you have?
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AOC 24 inch 144hz  Razer Blackwidow chroma EVGA 850 G Silient Corsair Air 540 
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Razer Deathadder Chroma Generic On-board Audio 
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Core i7 920 D0@ 4.2 1.25625 vcore EVGA Classified 760 EVGA GTX 470 SC+ EVGA GTX 470 SC+ 
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Corsair Dominator GT 1866 3x2 gbs 1TB Samsung Spinpoint Lite-On DVD drive EK Supreme LTX Water Block 
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EK EVGA Classified Full Motherboard Block EK GTX 470 Acetal/Copper Water Block EK GTX 470 Acetal/Copper Water Block Winows 7 PRO 64 bit 
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z97 RIG
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4790k MSI z97 Gaming 7 Gigabyte G1 Gaming GTX 970 G Skill Ares 16gb 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Crucial MX100 256gb Seagate Barracuda 2tb Corsair H70 Windows 7 Pro 64bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
AOC 24 inch 144hz  Razer Blackwidow chroma EVGA 850 G Silient Corsair Air 540 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Razer Deathadder Chroma Generic On-board Audio 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
Core i7 920 D0@ 4.2 1.25625 vcore EVGA Classified 760 EVGA GTX 470 SC+ EVGA GTX 470 SC+ 
RAMHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Corsair Dominator GT 1866 3x2 gbs 1TB Samsung Spinpoint Lite-On DVD drive EK Supreme LTX Water Block 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
EK EVGA Classified Full Motherboard Block EK GTX 470 Acetal/Copper Water Block EK GTX 470 Acetal/Copper Water Block Winows 7 PRO 64 bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung ToC 24" Razer Black Widow Seasonic Platinum 1000 watt CoolerMaster HAF 932 
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post #3 of 6
So is the Asus board a z68? Anyways both z77 & z68 are very similar. The z77 is the newer mode with usually a couple more bells and whistlesl. I do prefer the Asus boards over MSI though. The Asus will not neccesarily give you a higher OC, but they are just a very reliable brand.
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[x2] Samsung 830 RAID0  VR- HTC VIVE  Acer Predator X34 3440x1440 100Hz Gsync EVGA Classified SR-2 1200w 
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Fostex TH-900 Headphones Asus Xonar Essence One DAC Sennheiser HDVD800 Sennheiser HD800 
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[x2] Samsung 830 SSD 128gb in Raid0 Samsung Spinpoint 2TB HDD D5 Pump, Alphacool NexXxoS Monsta 480 + RX360 R... [x3] Qnix 2560x1440 120hz 
PowerAudioAudio
EVGA SR-2 1200w  Asus Xonar Essence One Amp/DAC Sennheiser HD800 Headphones 
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Intel I7 3930k Asus RIVE EVGA GTX 670 Quad SLI Ripjaws Z 16GB 2133 CL11 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingMonitor
[x2] SSD Samsung 830 126GB RAID0 Samsung Spinpoint 2TB XSPC Raystorm Block, RX360, D5 [x3] ASUS VG278H 27" 3D Monitors 
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[x2] Samsung 830 RAID0  VR- HTC VIVE  Acer Predator X34 3440x1440 100Hz Gsync EVGA Classified SR-2 1200w 
AudioAudioAudioAudio
Fostex TH-900 Headphones Asus Xonar Essence One DAC Sennheiser HDVD800 Sennheiser HD800 
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HiFiMan HE-5LE 
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Intel 3930K Asrock Extreme 11 x4 GTX Titan Quad SLI + EK Blocks Ripjaws Z 16gb 2133  
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingMonitor
[x2] Samsung 830 SSD 128gb in Raid0 Samsung Spinpoint 2TB HDD D5 Pump, Alphacool NexXxoS Monsta 480 + RX360 R... [x3] Qnix 2560x1440 120hz 
PowerAudioAudio
EVGA SR-2 1200w  Asus Xonar Essence One Amp/DAC Sennheiser HD800 Headphones 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel I7 3930k Asus RIVE EVGA GTX 670 Quad SLI Ripjaws Z 16GB 2133 CL11 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingMonitor
[x2] SSD Samsung 830 126GB RAID0 Samsung Spinpoint 2TB XSPC Raystorm Block, RX360, D5 [x3] ASUS VG278H 27" 3D Monitors 
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post #4 of 6
Thread Starter 
Oops I forgot to say ;_;

I have 2500k, gotten it to 5ghz 24/7 at 1.48-1.5v, at benchmarking highest i went was 5.3GHz. Asus is Z68 yes.
post #5 of 6
I'd prefer the Z77. Mainly because it also supports Ivy Bridge. So if you should change your mind one day and get an Ivy, you wouldn't have to go hunting for a new MB too. I have a 2500k too by the way thumb.gif
 
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Yes great 10mm coolers everywhere at max speed Windows 8 15,6" 
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The Lenovo one 
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CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Intel Core i5 (4. Gen) 4210U / 1.7 GHz NVIDIA GeForce 840M - 2 GB DDR3 SDRAM 1600Mhz 8GB SSHD 1TB 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Yes great 10mm coolers everywhere at max speed Windows 8 15,6" 
Keyboard
The Lenovo one 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
[Intel] i5 2500k 4.5Ghz @ 1.35V [ASUS] Z77 TUF [Gainward] GTX 670 [Corsair] Vengeance 2x4GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
[Samsung] 830 SSD 128GB [Seagate] Barracuda® 1TB [XSPC] Raystorm CPU Block Aerocool 200mm White Case Fan 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
[EK] 1/4" Fittings [EK] DDC X-Res CSQ Top/Res combo [Laing] DDC-3 10W Pump [XSPC] Razor Block + Backplate 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
[XSPC] 1/4" White Tubing [HW Labs] GTS 360 Lite Rad [Corsair] 3x SP120 Quiet Edition Rad Fans [Corsair] 1x AF120 Quiet Edition Case Fan 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
[Windows] 8 64-bit [Philips] 27E LSB [Corsair] Vengeance K90 [OCZ] 600W 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
[Corsair] 600t SE [Corsair] M90 [Cooler Master] Storm XL Mousepad [Beyerdynamic] DT990 Pro 250Ohm 
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post #6 of 6
^ Even some of the newer z68 boards support Ivy Bridge & pic-e gen 3. If you don't like the MSI sell/return it and stick with the z68 Asus.
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4930k on H2O Asus RIVE GTX 1080Ti Ripjaws 16GB 2133Mhz 
Hard DriveMonitorMonitorPower
[x2] Samsung 830 RAID0  VR- HTC VIVE  Acer Predator X34 3440x1440 100Hz Gsync EVGA Classified SR-2 1200w 
AudioAudioAudioAudio
Fostex TH-900 Headphones Asus Xonar Essence One DAC Sennheiser HDVD800 Sennheiser HD800 
Audio
HiFiMan HE-5LE 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel 3930K Asrock Extreme 11 x4 GTX Titan Quad SLI + EK Blocks Ripjaws Z 16gb 2133  
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingMonitor
[x2] Samsung 830 SSD 128gb in Raid0 Samsung Spinpoint 2TB HDD D5 Pump, Alphacool NexXxoS Monsta 480 + RX360 R... [x3] Qnix 2560x1440 120hz 
PowerAudioAudio
EVGA SR-2 1200w  Asus Xonar Essence One Amp/DAC Sennheiser HD800 Headphones 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel I7 3930k Asus RIVE EVGA GTX 670 Quad SLI Ripjaws Z 16GB 2133 CL11 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingMonitor
[x2] SSD Samsung 830 126GB RAID0 Samsung Spinpoint 2TB XSPC Raystorm Block, RX360, D5 [x3] ASUS VG278H 27" 3D Monitors 
PowerCase
EVGA Classified SR-2 1200w CM HAF X 942 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
4930k on H2O Asus RIVE GTX 1080Ti Ripjaws 16GB 2133Mhz 
Hard DriveMonitorMonitorPower
[x2] Samsung 830 RAID0  VR- HTC VIVE  Acer Predator X34 3440x1440 100Hz Gsync EVGA Classified SR-2 1200w 
AudioAudioAudioAudio
Fostex TH-900 Headphones Asus Xonar Essence One DAC Sennheiser HDVD800 Sennheiser HD800 
Audio
HiFiMan HE-5LE 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel 3930K Asrock Extreme 11 x4 GTX Titan Quad SLI + EK Blocks Ripjaws Z 16gb 2133  
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingMonitor
[x2] Samsung 830 SSD 128gb in Raid0 Samsung Spinpoint 2TB HDD D5 Pump, Alphacool NexXxoS Monsta 480 + RX360 R... [x3] Qnix 2560x1440 120hz 
PowerAudioAudio
EVGA SR-2 1200w  Asus Xonar Essence One Amp/DAC Sennheiser HD800 Headphones 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel I7 3930k Asus RIVE EVGA GTX 670 Quad SLI Ripjaws Z 16GB 2133 CL11 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingMonitor
[x2] SSD Samsung 830 126GB RAID0 Samsung Spinpoint 2TB XSPC Raystorm Block, RX360, D5 [x3] ASUS VG278H 27" 3D Monitors 
PowerCase
EVGA Classified SR-2 1200w CM HAF X 942 
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