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I am upgrading to a 3570K and I am looking for a mid-range overclocker board. I am currently considering the ASUS P8Z77-V LK, MSI Z77A-GD55 and the ASRock Z77 Extreme4. Anyone had any particular problems with one of them?
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Out of three, I would choose MSI due to overall better VRM. Also consider Biostar TZ77XE3 and Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H.
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I just purchased my Z77 Extreme 4 a couple days ago. So far it has been great and overclocked my 3570k to 4.5ghz real easily. I have been impressed with the value/performance. I did a lot of research before buying because I'm skeptical of some budget boards but this one has delivered and according to some benchmarks, performs as well as some $300 dollar boards. I've had $200+ dollar ASUS and Gigabyte boards before and this ASRock has performed just as well, if not better, as those boards for near half the price. All in all I can vouch for the board.
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Out of those 3 you mentioned the MSI would be your best bet. Like DeXel said, it has a much better VRM design than both the Asrock and Asus board.

Personally I'd go with a Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H, as it has a much more capable and higher quality VRM than any of those 3 boards.
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Out of those 3 you mentioned the MSI would be your best bet. Like DeXel said, it has a much better VRM design than both the Asrock and Asus board.

Personally I'd go with a Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H, as it has a much more capable and higher quality VRM than any of those 3 boards.

How does the UD3H stands up next to the GD65 as it's the same price at my store?
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GD65 is higher tier board. It has better VRM although it's analog and doesn't support offset. They will perform similarly in real world usage though. MSI also has more features. So choice of MSI is pretty much obvious unless you are looking for offset overclocking, or don't like brown PCBs like me.
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GA-Z77X-D3H Has better VRM's then the rest of the options
    
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