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I have been looking at this board for a while and was wanting to upgrade to an i7, and now it's finally on sale and including rebate on newegg. To me it looks like a good board; I like the slot layout (every type can be used) and it has a decent amount of Sata III ports (4 on mobo).
My questions are:
Will this board utilize a 3770k well with a 670/2x 670s or 700series?
Are there any other boards worth mentioning that allow the cpu/gpu combos and have a nice layout, such as mentioned, for USD150 or less?
How does the on-board audio compare to a SB X-FI (PCI)?

Thanks for your help!
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It's a great board. The only other ones worth mentioning that I know of in that price range are the ASRock Extreme4 and Extreme6 z77 boards. Anything from Asus that'll do what you're after will be over the $150 mark. Gigabyte, I still don't trust their 1155 line, they were horrible with P67 and z68. So not so confident myself on their z77 lineup.

But yeah, the XE4 is a solid board and it'll do what you're after without a problem.

The XFi will be better than onboard, onboard sucks. If you can afford a new sound card though, the Xonar DGX is a good value, and its PCIe.
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It's a great board. The only other ones worth mentioning that I know of in that price range are the ASRock Extreme4 and Extreme6 z77 boards. Anything from Asus that'll do what you're after will be over the $150 mark. Gigabyte, I still don't trust their 1155 line, they were horrible with P67 and z68. So not so confident myself on their z77 lineup.
But yeah, the XE4 is a solid board and it'll do what you're after without a problem.
The XFi will be better than onboard, onboard sucks. If you can afford a new sound card though, the Xonar DGX is a good value, and its PCIe.

Thanks for your reply! I'll look into those boards as well and definitely into the Xonar.
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Gigabyte Z77 are very solid boards. UD3H is the board I usually recommend for $150 (when on sale).

ASRock lost CHL Digital pwm on their Z77 boards thus their VRM design isn't that good (iow not the same as on Asus boards anymore) compared to their older LGA1155 boards.

That Biostar board is also good, but there is a risk when one buys from third tier company.
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It's a great board. The only other ones worth mentioning that I know of in that price range are the ASRock Extreme4 and Extreme6 z77 boards. Anything from Asus that'll do what you're after will be over the $150 mark. Gigabyte, I still don't trust their 1155 line, they were horrible with P67 and z68. So not so confident myself on their z77 lineup.
But yeah, the XE4 is a solid board and it'll do what you're after without a problem.
The XFi will be better than onboard, onboard sucks. If you can afford a new sound card though, the Xonar DGX is a good value, and its PCIe.

Thanks for your reply! I'll look into those boards as well and definitely into the Xonar.

Keep in mind though, that a sound card is only going to REALLY make a difference if you have the equipment to use it. If you've got Logitech speakers / headphones (like a lot of people have), or something of similar quality, then you probably won't notice much of a difference.

But that's why the audio seciton is here on OCN. smile.gif We can help you spend thousands of dollars in audio instead of computer gear. tongue.gif Lol.
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Gigabyte Z77 are very solid boards. UD3H is the board I usually recommend for $150 (when on sale).
ASRock lost CHL Digital pwm on their Z77 boards thus their VRM design isn't that good (iow not the same as on Asus boards anymore).
Thanks! I see that the UD3H is 155 on newegg atm, so I'll be considering that board as well.
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Keep in mind though, that a sound card is only going to REALLY make a difference if you have the equipment to use it. If you've got Logitech speakers / headphones (like a lot of people have), or something of similar quality, then you probably won't notice much of a difference.
But that's why the audio seciton is here on OCN. smile.gif We can help you spend thousands of dollars in audio instead of computer gear. tongue.gif Lol.

Ha, you have found me out! I'm using X-540's, so I suppose I'll stick to my current card, though I'll keep the Xonar in mind if I'm looking for an audio system upgrade.
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