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Hey guys. I'm going to be building my first gaming PC pretty soon. I've chosen pretty much all my parts except for the motherboard. I have narrowed it down to two: The MSI Z77A-GD65 or the Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H.

I will be running an i5 3570k and want to OC it to at least 4.2 GHz using a Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO. For my GPU I will most likely be running a SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7950 Dual-X that I will be OCing as well. However, I might get a MSI 7870 Hawk or a 660 Ti, still not sure. The max amount of GPU's I will ever run is a Dual GPU setup, not 3-way or anything.

But my question is: Which board do you guys think is better and has better features/layout, especially for what I will be using? The MSI board is cheaper and has a great BIOS, so I'm kinda leaning more onto that side.

PC Parts List: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/AzW6
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Get GD65 unless lack of offset overclocking and brown PCB are critical for you. MSI is having very nice sales recently that is hard to ignore.
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http://sinhardware.com/index.php/vrm-list

I'd go for gigabyte, vrms are consistently higher quality and it probably has better fan control options for all your mobo headers. those two are important to me.
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Get GD65 unless lack of offset overclocking and brown PCB are critical for you. MSI is having very nice sales recently that is hard to ignore.
what is offset overclocking and what is a brown PCB? Lol. And yeah, the GD65 looks great for the price.
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You know guys, I see lots of Gigabyte love lately lol, but MSI DrMOS mofsets are very good. If I remember correctly from Sin's videos, they are even better than PowerPAK mosfets that Gigabyte uses. So GD65 is a very capable board, and with current sales they are obvious choices imho. Also Gigabyte's fan control at current state is terrible. MSI can't be worse, and probably better.
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what is offset overclocking and what is a brown PCB? Lol. And yeah, the GD65 looks great for the price.

Offset allows voltage on idle to be lower than it's during load. It adjusts dynamically. MSI boards can do fixed only. PCB = printed circuit board. It's just an aesthetic thing.
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You know guys, I see lots of Gigabyte love lately lol, but MSI DrMOS mofsets are very good. If I remember correctly from Sin's videos, they are even better than PowerPAK mosfets that Gigabyte uses. So GD65 is a very capable board, and with current sales they are obvious choices imho. Also Gigabyte's fan control at current state is terrible. MSI can't be worse, and probably better.
Offset allows voltage on idle to be lower than it's during load. It adjusts dynamically. MSI boards can do fixed only. PCB = printed circuit board. It's just an aesthetic thing.
I don't really care for offset nor for a brown PCB. I just prefer a black and blue mobo
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Well you see, GD65 is dark brown and blue mobo, and not really black.

I think you didn't totally get what is PCB, so...



GD65 up close.



But otherwise GD65 has more features for money.
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Well you see, GD65 is dark brown and blue mobo, and not really black.

I think you didn't totally get what is PCB, so...



GD65 up close.



But otherwise GD65 has more features for money.
I've been reading a lot of reviews on the GD65, and there are a lot of complaints about boards being DOA, dying after a few months, etc. I've seen this for a lot of MSI boards. Are they reliable?
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