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Hi guys,

I've been 'off the scene' for quite a while since I bought my Z68 motherboard. It has quit on me by randomly resetting for a reason that is beyond me. Assuming that my CPU is not the problem and I just need a new board, I will need some suggestions and advice on selecting a board for my i5 2500K. I plan to purchase a new board for this same processor by early next year.

On a budget of around $200
My requirements are:

1. Onboard graphics capability
2. DDR3 1600 Memory Frequency
3. Compatibility with i5-2500K - Socket 1155 (just to repeat)
4. Overclockability
5. Stability and Reliability - This should have been number one but I guess you cant really know if any board is reliable unless you've owned it for years
5. Quality construction and documentation
6. Good customer support from the manufacturer - I am paranoid now because my ASUS board died and I have no way to RMA it and could not contact them even though I tried.


I hope that the CPU is not faulty causing my current board to randomly reset, but I'm pretty confident that that's not the cause due to the random nature of the resets under varying conditions during the troubleshooting phase. I also tasted my RAM and during the operable phases of the troubleshooting.


So there you go...I need a 'low-risk' board so I no longer have to bleed money after 1 year of painless operation. Thanks in advance
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i would recommend an asus maximus v gene. i know you're having issues with rma'ing your current asus board, but this one is incredibly reliable and overclocks very well
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i would recommend an asus maximus v gene. i know you're having issues with rma'ing your current asus board, but this one is incredibly reliable and overclocks very well

It looks like an mATX board which i'm not too sure if i am fond of. Any particular reason why you recommended this board as opposed to say the board in your sig rig?
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Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H, UD5H, UD4H, UP4.

MSI M-Power, Z77A-GD65.
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It looks like an mATX board which i'm not too sure if i am fond of. Any particular reason why you recommended this board as opposed to say the board in your sig rig?

Unless you care to have a red board with ROG perks on it, it has nothing special to offer for a regular user/overclocker. There are bunch of great ATX Z77 boards to choice from.
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Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H, UD5H, UD4H, UP4.
MSI M-Power, Z77A-GD65.
Unless you care to have a red board with ROG perks on it, it has nothing special to offer for a regular user/overclocker. There are bunch of great ATX Z77 boards to choice from.

I took a few glances at those. the most attractive to me seems like the M Power. On amazon, all 7 reviewers gave it 5 stars, but they have mostly only owned the board for about a month. I once had an MSI board in a previous rig and my current system is using one. I trust the brand based on my experience with them. But this is a new chipset, so I will withold judgement.

Tell me more about Gigabyte, i don't have any experience with them but I have a friend who has only used Gigabyte boards and has nothing but good things to say about them.
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M-Power was going for $179 last week with free 2x4GB kit which was a very nice deal that was hard to beat. It offers 6 phase doubled analog VRM design, and a WiFi module.

Gigabyte boards have digital VRM with offset overclock support which MSI doesn't.

UD3H for $150 is a perfect overclocking board that received few OC records. If you happen to like its features, there is no need to pay more for other choices. It has 6 phase design.

UD4H has 8 phase VRM design, and already achieved the highest RAM OC record (3600 Mhz), but isn't released yet.

UD5H has 6 phase doubled design and offers a headphone amp, and few other extras over UD3H.

UP4 has 6 phase design with IR3550 mosfets that can output 60A per phase, and Thunderbolt support.

As you can see current Gigabyte boards are mostly about very nice VRMs across most Z77 boards which also offer 2x copper PCB on all Z77X boards which makes them tougher, and extra perks as price goes up. Indeed, they do very impressive engineering in that department which is why they are recommended among OCers.

MSI has good OC boards only for top models, like GD55, GD65, and M-Power which will do their job just fine. Asus also keeps good stuff for their top models.

In other words, Gigabyte is generally good as Asus,and MSI as far as reliability goes, but as with every company they also have failure products like Z68 boards.
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M-Power was going for $179 last week with free 2x4GB kit which was a very nice deal that was hard to beat. It offers 6 phase doubled analog VRM design, and a WiFi module.
Gigabyte boards have digital VRM with offset overclock support which MSI doesn't.
UD3H for $150 is a perfect overclocking board that received few OC records. If you happen to like its features, there is no need to pay more for other choices. It has 6 phase design.
UD4H has 8 phase VRM design, and already achieved the highest RAM OC record (3600 Mhz), but isn't released yet.
UD5H has 6 phase doubled design and offers a headphone amp, and few other extras over UD3H.
UP4 has 6 phase design with IR3550 mosfets that can output 60A per phase, and Thunderbolt support.
As you can see current Gigabyte boards are mostly about very nice VRMs across most Z77 boards which also offer 2x copper PCB on all Z77X boards which makes them tougher, and extra perks as price goes up. Indeed, they do very impressive engineering in that department which is why they are recommended among OCers.
MSI has good OC boards only for top models, like GD55, GD65, and M-Power which will do their job just fine. Asus also keeps good stuff for their top models.
In other words, Gigabyte is generally good as Asus,and MSI as far as reliability goes, but as with every company they also have failure products like Z68 boards.

MSI M Power is at the top end indeed? If so, that makes it very attractive, plus I could definitely use onboard wireless. If I go ASUS or Gig, what models should I consider then, and is my budget too low for a good board?

+REP btw, I'm taking alot of your time. Will be considering your advice when I make my decision for sure
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I just noticed too that the M Power does not natively support DVI-D display out. I don't have an HDMI display, so the video out for onboard graphics is a bit of a constraint at this point.
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M-Power is their OC top. Asus P8Z77-V and up, or Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H and up, and you are good to go for any everyday OC.

Also you can easily find HDMI to DVI cable.
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absolutely scared of ASUS. Don't even are anymore. Apparently MSI tests their boards for their own certification process before they are shipped. ASUS doesn't. so points to MSI. Can you say the same about Gigabyte?

What about EVGA and Intel...you never hear about them and they are supposed to be good right?
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