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Hey guys- I will eventually get another 670 and need to upgrade to a motherboard that supports SLI before I can even think about doing that. I'm running an i5 2500k @ 4.1ghz or so.

I love the new MPower Z77
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130660

but since i'll never have three video cards on this thing, I feel like i'd be overpaying if I bought that board. Does anyone have any recommendations in the sub-$150 range? If so, what would I be sacrificing by going with a cheaper board than say the mpower (if anything)?

Also, I could see myself eventually upgrading to the next round of CPU's from intel (4000 series) - is there any information as to whether or not the Z77 boards (lga 1155) will be compatible with intel's next release of CPU's?

Last question, does newegg usually have a better black friday or cyber monday? I have some gift certificates to newegg and will likely wait until that time to buy if it's worth it.

Thanks for any help!
Edited by BDillon - 11/7/12 at 10:05pm
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LGA1155 is EOL. 3770K is most likely gonna remain the best CPU for that platform.

UD3H is sub $150 and a great board. M-Power doesn't even support Triple SLI, just 3-way Crossfire.
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Great response, thanks.

Should I just pick up this and then upgrade my mobo again when I upgrade my CPU in a few years?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128498R

If i'm not missing anything, that Z68 will be pretty similar to what I have and yet I will still be able to add that second 670...?
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I meant Z77X-UD3H. Gigabyte Z68 boards are disaster. Boot loop problems and etc.
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Know anything about how this board compares?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293
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I meant Z77X-UD3H. Gigabyte Z68 boards are disaster. Boot loop problems and etc.

I have also Z77X-UD3H too.... i love the performance of it............ good VRM's and have already easy overclock guide on youtube........

I have also a second option if you're in a budget...

.try to check Asrock Z77 Extreme 4... thumb.gif

.this mobo will work similarly with the Z77X-UD3H
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UD3H has 6 phase digital PWM with decent mosfets whereas Extreme4 has 4 phases analog with inefficient mosfets. So UD3H has much better VRM, but you may like some features of Extreme4 more.

You can also save a few bucks with this. It is essentially UD3H without onboard buttons, debug LED, and without 2x copper.

EDIT: There are also Biostar TZ77XE3 and XE4. They are decent too.
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