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I'm putting together a new build with a 3770k and GTX 690, primarily for gaming, and thinking about motherboards. I will be doing a moderate overclock of about 4.3-4.5ghz on air with a Silver Arrow.

Price isn't a real issue, and I am primarily looking for quality and reliability, but don't want to spend extra for unnecessary features.

From my researches, the two I have listed above look like good quality boards, with plenty of useful features, excellent overclocking and reasonably priced. I'm conscious that there are many other options, but I am a little wary of Asrock since their quality has had mixed reports, and my last couple of builds used Gigabyte boards, and I feel like a bit of a change.

Of the two Asus and MSI boards, which would you recommend and why? Or is it the case that there is minimal real difference between them and I should really just get the one that is cheapest or looks the best? I should add that I don't really care about appearance, since I rarely open up the case once I have built it. If you feel strongly that there are other options I should consider, please suggest them.



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I recommend the ASUS board because it have 6(M-power have 5) 4pin fan headers & Fan Xpert 2 , allowing you control up to 6 4 pin PWM fans with detailed Fancurves for optimum balance between cooling and silence, and the VPro with 12+4 Power phases isn't too shabby at OCing either.

If you are an OC Maniac and an Audiophile you probably should get the M-Power with its heatpipes & ALC898(Pro have 892).

But if you appreciate fully customizable fancurve based PWM fan control offered by V-Pro and Fan Xpert2 you should get the V-Pro.

Coming from a P8Z77-V user.

Either way both board supports SLI so you should definitely consider getting 2 670 and save $200+ while getting almost the same performance(stock 670 SLI is 5% worse than 690, factory OCed 670 SLI are just as fast if not faster than 690). With a good airflow case you wouldn't have a heat issue with either.

Silverarrow is super super wide and can block the first PCIE slot on either board, forcing you to use the second PCIE slot(capped at 8X instead of 16X) and don't cool better than D14 or Phantek 14PE to justify that sacrifice(you are forced to use a 690 and spend $200 extra over 670 SLI).

I recommend a NH-D14 if you like Brown color or PH-TC14PE if you like Blue/White+Silver/Red/Black/Orange, both are more than adequate to cool your 3770K at 4.5Ghz(heck they can keep your CPU cool are or above 4.7Ghz) and in reviews they are just as good if not better than Silverarrow.
Edited by sherlock - 9/25/12 at 7:27am
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Thanks, Sherlock, I appreciate the detailed and reasoned response. I already have both the GTX 690 and Silver Arrow (the latter left over from another build), so will see how they go. If the Silver Arrow does block the first PCIE slot, I will try one of the other coolers.
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Hey therAsus
I just came and built a new desktop recently myself coming from all gigabyte mobos too. I have to say my purchase Of the Asus mobo leaves me with no regret. Its well built and the bios couldn't be easier to use. The board does have the cpu socket close so big coolers might not fit. I hear the evo 212 works fine and you can also just use low profile RAM.

But yes my vote for Asus for a solid mobo. And the wifi works amazing for me too smile.gif
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Here is my ASUS P8Z77-V with the Phantek 14PE, to give you a reference on how the layout is. V is basically the same as the Pro except Pro have 1 more fan header at the bottom and a beefier( 16 vs 12) VRM for extreme OC.



Are you planning to do a ton of multitasking? Unless you are spending a lot of time(like more than a hour per day) encoding videos or live streaming 1080p gameplay you wouldn't need 3770K's Hyperthreading feature and without that feature you are better off with the $100 cheaper 3570K.
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I'm going to recommend the Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H

It's a damn good board, extremely stable, excellent BIOS, and under $200

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128545

If you're truly limited to your 2 options, i'd go with the Asus.
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Thanks for the suggestions. I hesitated over the 3770k vs the 3570k, but although you are right that I really don't need hyperthreading I didn't want to regret not getting it later, even though it will probably be unnecessary for the foreseeable future. At the end of the day, an extra hundred bucks amortised over the life of the pc is not a big deal. I can blow far more than that in a few hours taking the wife out to dinner, with far less return.

The Gigabyte board looks good, and I am not limited to the two I mentioned - only that they looked like good value at a similar price point. My last two builds used Gigabyte boards and to be honest they have been perfect and given me no trouble at all, but I just wanted to try something different this time.

I am actually leaning towards the MSI Mpower, because I will be using a fan controller for the case fans and the Mpower has had some good reviews, and (contradicting myself) it will probably look better in my gunmetal Phantom 410, although the Asus does look like the safer choice.
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