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ASRock Z77 Extreme3?

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I'm doing a new gaming build for a friend. Newegg has the ASRock Z77 Extreme3 for $120 + a free set of 2X4GB Ripjaws.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157330

It'll probably run a i5-3570K or 2500K. Yes, we're looking to overclock. although I will be doing it as he's not a tweaker. Is it worth it, or would a more popular board be worth it? The $40 we save could go into the GPU instead.
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Well if he's not a tweaker, then this board is more than fine. And truth be told, unless you're grabbing 3 680's or anything more powerful you really don't need to overclock the i5, that being said, a better board might give you better overclocks (by 100-300mhz) by providing cleaner voltage through the VRMs, but again, usually the limit of an OC is set by the chip itself and not the board, so my suggestion, is to pick this up and grab the best GPU that you can.
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It's a good board I like mine..... Just got it a week ago. thumb.gif
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