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Im no crazy overclocker, and yet to learn yet.

That said, I am looking to OC, but only a mild overclock, and only on stock cpu volts.


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Corsair HX650 Bronze (Have) "its not the gold, but Ive had this PSU for two yrs, knock on wood, and in two system builds"
Antec P280 (link) OR Fractal Design ARC MIDI R2 (link) "If its out in a few weeks"

I dont need anything crazy, Im just a mild gamer "more old schooler" and some Office 2010 "ATM" and Web, nothing crazy.........
Edited by knightsilver - 2/5/13 at 8:35am
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If you're going to overclock on stock volts then either board will be fine. Get whichever one is cheapest.

However the Asrock does seem to have the better VRM setup, surprisingly.

In your pricerange I'd also suggest the Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H and MSI Z77A-GD65. Again, they're all solid boards and will be more than enough. Just get whichever one is the cheapest at your time of purchase, or the one with the most features you need/find useful.
Edited by Shift. - 2/4/13 at 10:38pm
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Originally Posted by knightsilver View Post

Im no crazy overclocker, and yet to learn yet.

That said, I am looking to OC, but only a mild overclock, and only on stock cpu volts.


System specs:

Intel i5-3570K (link)
Crucial 2x8GB 1600/CL9 Low profile (link)
Noctua NH D14 (Have) (Compatibity list)
Intel 335 240GB "Will add a 2nd one later" (link)
EVGA GTX 460 1GB 256bit (have) " Im not a crazy 40hour a week gamer, and prob wait to upgrade later this Fall 2013"
Corsair HX650 Bronze (Have) "its not the gold, but Ive had this PSU for two yrs, knock on wood, and in two system builds"
Antec P280 (link) OR Fractal Design ARC MIDI R2 (link) "If its out in a few weeks"

...While my 'primary' system is based on a Maximus V Extreme / 3770k, I have worked with and pushed a Sabertooth Z77 to beyond 5.2 Ghz (please see spoiler below)...the Sabertooth now entered semi-commercial service with us at 24/7/365 because it performed so well. I highly recommend it after running it at extreme speeds for several months...just beware of BIOS 1805 as it has given some folks troubles.

ASRock has a strong following as well, though this bothers me: http://www.overclock.net/t/1313910/asrock-cheating-the-system ...when overclocking, especially when getting to near the outer limits on voltage, one wants accuracy
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

Edited by Joa3d43 - 2/4/13 at 11:01pm
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Sabertooth is hardly best bang for the back with $250 price tag lol.

Current best bangs for the back are MSI Z77A-GD65 and ASRock Z77 Extreme6. Can't beat those prices.

Also if you didn't buy that SSD yet, wait for Samsung 840 256 GB deals. Goes for ~$160. Or get Plextor M5S instead since it's faster.
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Dexel, "Bang4buck just isnt about how much cash!"

what Shift said:
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If you're going to overclock on stock volts then either board will be fine. Get whichever one is cheapest.

However the Asrock does seem to have the better VRM setup, surprisingly.

In your pricerange I'd also suggest the Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H and MSI Z77A-GD65. Again, they're all solid boards and will be more than enough. Just get whichever one is the cheapest at your time of purchase, or the one with the most features you need/find useful.


I also might wait for an SSD/SSD's this build (currently using a 2yr old WD 1TB Black without issues, knock on wood), at first anyways, just to get over that dollar hump, LOL.....Maybe will get lucky and see later on, see some fast/price-points on 960GB SSD's, and someone could buy me a a set!


Joa, , Im not going for a 5Ghz OC.......

thx,
KS
Edited by knightsilver - 2/4/13 at 11:11pm
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Sabertooth is hardly best bang for the back with $250 price tag lol.

Not to mention the 8-phase PWM is comprised of a doubled 4-phase.

While it's still a good board I'd expect a lot more than that, especially with a $250 price tag.
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Sure it isn't. But Sabertooth Z77 is P8Z77-v without WiFi, and better chocks with $60 premium. So... unless you really want Thermal Armor, Sabertooth never was the best bang for the buck.

On the other hand, GA-Z77X-UP5 is. However, unless you want WiFi or Thunderbolt, I would advice you not to spend that much on a motherboard anyway.

Get something like Extreme6, MSI GD55 or GD65, or Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H.
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Ya, the Extream6 seems like a good balance for me. Straight ketchup for me, non of that high corn syrup crap for me, Smile!

Dont need wifi, dont need Thunder Bolt, dont need shiny, just something that works well.

I had a EVGA X58 LE, and ended up giving up on the board, and wasnt even 1.5 yrs old.

KS
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Dexel, "Bang4buck just isnt about how much cash!"


Joa, , Im not going for a 5Ghz OC.......

thx,
KS

...this isn't about running past 5 Ghz,, but how 'solid' a board is at various speeds...if you know that a board can hold out past 5.2 Ghz for several months 24/7, you certainly know what it can do at 4.3 Ghz...I see so much NONSENSE about Sabertooth, VRMs and so forth...it isn't the number of phases, but what they are made of (re reference to world record boards for Ivy)

...I have run global commercial system for over two decades, and I have seen boards that blew their capacitors which look not unlike pop corn after it is done....only ASRock systems come to mind.

You do what you feel most comfortable with...personally, I have had issues with Asus as well as other boards, and I don't consider myself a 'fan boy' with my commercial experience which includes boards by at least 5 mobo companies...just telling you our experiences with a board you posted and asked about in the first place...personally, I wouldn't touch ASRock with a ten foot pole AFTER my experiences with their boards over time in a commercial environment ...but that's just me smile.gif
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...this isn't about running past 5 Ghz,, but how 'solid' a board is at various speeds...if you know that a board can hold out past 5.2 Ghz for several months 24/7, you certainly know what it can do at 4.3 Ghz...I see so much NONSENSE about Sabertooth, VRMs and so forth...it isn't the number of phases, but what they are made of (re reference to world record boards for Ivy)

...I have run global commercial system for over two decades, and I have seen boards that blew their capacitors which look not unlike pop corn after it is done....only ASRock systems come to mind.

You do what you feel most comfortable with...personally, I have had issues with Asus as well as other boards, and I don't consider myself a 'fan boy' with my commercial experience which includes boards by at least 5 mobo companies...just telling you our experiences with a board you posted and asked about in the first place...personally, I wouldn't touch ASRock with a ten foot pole AFTER my experiences with their boards over time in a commercial environment ...but that's just me smile.gif

Like I always say, you buy a product, not a brand. ASRock doesn't have all bad boards. Neither Asus makes everything good. Sabertooth has decent VRM, but so does Extreme6 for half the price.

For $250, Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP5 just blows away Sabertooth Z77 from all fronts but fan control. It gives more features, a true 8 phase VRM design with twice as better mosfets than Sabertooth. You can argue whatever you want, but Sabertooth isn't worth it unless your build is targeted around that thermal armor.

Prices might differ in different countries, but that's the situation in the USA.
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