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I'm almost 90% sure my first build is going to be mini-itx. Can you guys suggest a good z77 motherboard? I'm willing to pay for higher end motherboards. I would prefer built in wifi+bluetooth, but its not big deal. Also are there any mobos this size that have higher quality audio built in? Kinda disappointed i can't add a sound card but thats the price you pay.
post #2 of 6

have it, love it.

post #3 of 6
Asrock Z77E-ITX if you don't care about bluetooth or Asus P8Z77-I Deluxe if you do. I've owned both boards and outside of a few perks the Asrock offers (faster boot times, Good Night LED, slightly faster Sata III speeds), they're very similar. The Asus offers a few more options for overclocking/tweaking, but they both needed similar voltages with the 2600K & two 3570K chips I tested them with. The only way I would pay $40-$50 more for the Asus would be if you planned on using a case like the Bitfenix Prodigy and intended to use a bigger tower like cooler. Outside of this, I highly recommend the Asrock.

Edit: Even if bluetooth is a requirement, you could always pick up an Atheros or Intel wifi card that has bluetooth built in.
Edited by Jocelyn84 - 10/23/12 at 6:06pm
     
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 3570k Asus Maximus Gene V Asus GTX970 Strix 16GB Samsung 1867 MV-3V4G3D 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung 830 256GB Corsair H60 Windows 7 X64 Dell U2412M 1920x1200 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Ducky Mini LE YOTH Seasonic 660XP2 Silverstone TJ08-EW Mionix Naos 8200 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
i7 3615QM GT 650M 2GB 12GB Elpida DDR3 Plextor M5 Pro 256GB 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Plextor M3 256GB Windows 7 Professional x64 17.3" 1920x1080 KBC Poker w/ MX Clears, 62g Springs, & SS Plate 
MouseMouse Pad
Mionix Naos 8200 Mionix Sargas 320 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 3570k Asus Maximus Gene V Asus GTX970 Strix 16GB Samsung 1867 MV-3V4G3D 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung 830 256GB Corsair H60 Windows 7 X64 Dell U2412M 1920x1200 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Ducky Mini LE YOTH Seasonic 660XP2 Silverstone TJ08-EW Mionix Naos 8200 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
i7 3615QM GT 650M 2GB 12GB Elpida DDR3 Plextor M5 Pro 256GB 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Plextor M3 256GB Windows 7 Professional x64 17.3" 1920x1080 KBC Poker w/ MX Clears, 62g Springs, & SS Plate 
MouseMouse Pad
Mionix Naos 8200 Mionix Sargas 320 
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thanks, doing some research. the asrock looks like an attractive offer.
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Originally Posted by dbterp View Post

thanks, doing some research. the asrock looks like an attractive offer.

 

 

Rock solid 24/7 oc I've got on mine right now. Great lil board.

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Impressions on the evga z77 stinger? I know its not out yet, but still. Aesthetics are good.
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