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post #1 of 13
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EDIT:
Bought the Gigabyte Z77M-D3H !

Hi there!

Building a budget and small PC.
No OC will be going on on it, and it has to be socket 1155 - preferably Z77 chipset, as I'll be running an i3 3225 on it.

Here's the three I've got it down to:
-Gigabyte SKT-1155 Z77MX-D3H
-Gigabyte SKT-1155 Z77M-D3H
-ASRock Z77 Pro4-M

The difference between the Gigabyte's is Virtu MVP a few USB slots, and an extra PCI-e slot - all of which don't interest me - so I guess I can save money and go for the cheaper non-"X" version?

As for ASRock - I've heard great things - but would love to know which to go for.
OTHER suggestions are highly welcome, apart from ASUS boards. I've had it up to here with ASUS (last two motherboards were asus, and they have been nothing but a pain in the backside) - it is about time to stop buying asus products.

I also saw an MSI board , the Z77MA-G45 too. But After looking aroudn seems like the Giga and ASrock's come out on top over the MSI?

Would appreciate the help, as I've hit a brick wall in comparisons and searching around!
Cheers!
Edited by Totally Dubbed - 2/6/13 at 4:10pm
post #2 of 13
If your going to be going for an I3 biuld, I'm asuming your probably just building it as a web browsing machine for your family or something along that line. The Gigabyte SKT-1155 Z77M-D3H would be good for that.

If thats the case, just go for what ever is cheapest with the fetures you need and make sure it has a decent warranty.
post #3 of 13
the asrock is good. they are well known for giving tons of features at good prices. and look better than the gigabyte in my opinion. but i would honestly go for the MSI. i own a z77a-GD65 and installed a z77a-G45 in my friends PC. they are great in my opinion. the MSI will give you alot of features and alot of USB,s and looks good wink.gif
post #4 of 13
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Originally Posted by Shaded War View Post

If your going to be going for an I3 biuld, I'm asuming your probably just building it as a web browsing machine for your family or something along that line. The Gigabyte SKT-1155 Z77M-D3H would be good for that.

If thats the case, just go for what ever is cheapest with the fetures you need and make sure it has a decent warranty.

The cheapest one would be the ASrock one. Only marginally though.
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Originally Posted by milanalden View Post

the asrock is good. they are well known for giving tons of features at good prices. and look better than the gigabyte in my opinion. but i would honestly go for the MSI. i own a z77a-GD65 and installed a z77a-G45 in my friends PC. they are great in my opinion. the MSI will give you alot of features and alot of USB,s and looks good wink.gif

That's a ATX board - I'm looking for an mATX board...but I get the point with MSI smile.gif
post #5 of 13
ahha i thought you were considering it as you listed it my bad thumb.gif . but in that case i would go asrock smile.gif
post #6 of 13
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Originally Posted by milanalden View Post

ahha i thought you were considering it as you listed it my bad thumb.gif . but in that case i would go asrock smile.gif

ah ha!
So not the MSI then?
As the MSI linked is a MATX one too!

I'll look at the features of each, and then list them here as pros and cons.
I'm slightly surprised not to find any more mATX boards that are affordable.
My Z77 ASUS Sabertooth was £170 several months ago.
I have no idea what has hit the industry recently - but RAM prices and mobo prices are up compared to prices in September 2012 - any ideas?
post #7 of 13
the "MSI board" link is an ATX board. did you mean this? http://uk.msi.com/product/mb/Z77MA-G45.html
post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by milanalden View Post

the "MSI board" link is an ATX board. did you mean this? http://uk.msi.com/product/mb/Z77MA-G45.html

LOL yes - I'm an idiot haha
Change the link in the OP smile.gif
So the MSI one is the most expensive one...Guess that can almost be dropped.
post #9 of 13
yeah might as well smile.gif back to the origional 3 wink.gif .
post #10 of 13
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Might go for the gigabyte one for one simple reason: PCI slot (not PCI-e):

Asrock:
- 1 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 slot (PCIE1: x16 mode)
- 2 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots (PCIE3: x1 mode; PCIE4: x4 mode)
- 1 x PCI Express 2.0 x1 slot

Gigabyte:
1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x16 (PCIEX16)
(The PCIEX16 slot conforms to PCI Express 3.0 standard.)
* For optimum performance, if only one PCI Express graphics card is to be installed, be sure to install it in the PCIEX16 slot.
* PCIE Gen.3 is dependent on CPU and expansion card compatibility.
1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x4 (PCIEX4)
1 x PCI Express x1 slot
(The PCIEX4 and PCIEX1 slots conform to PCI Express 2.0 standard.)
1 x PCI slot

Now just to CONFIRM - will my old ASUS D1 soundcard be compatible in this PCI slot?
http://uk.asus.com/Multimedia/Audio_Cards/Xonar_D1/

I couldn't use this card in my new Z77 sabertooth as it didn't have a single PCI slot.
I still have my D1 and it is sitting in my old rig dormant - would be BRILLIANT if I could utilise it.
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