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Hey everyone, I'm looking to finalize the upgrade I have planned for my rig and I'm jumping platforms to the Intel side of things. I just built a 3570K + Z77 Mpower system for a friend and loved being able to finally play around that processor. Gaming and everything else just seemed a lot snappier on the Intel build opposed to my old one. Since my rig has been dead since Christmas and I have my tax refund coming in soon, I decided to take a little trip down to Microcenter and purchase a 3570K+Z77 board. I know Haswell is around the corner, but I will be gone for military training this summer and its killing me being without a good set-up. I have a budget of $350 and have been looking at the Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H or the MSI Z77A-GD65. Was just wondering if anyone had any experience with the MSI board or any other suggestions, preferably from Microcenter.

I may splurge and cop that Mpower. That board was so awesome. wubsmiley.gif

Thanks!
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8.1 Pro Acer H236L bid Logitech K120 CoolerMaster V650s 
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No suggestions at all?
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OSMonitorKeyboardPower
8.1 Pro Acer H236L bid Logitech K120 CoolerMaster V650s 
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OCZ Arc 100 WD Blue pshhhhhhhhh c'mon son Cryorig H7 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
8.1 Pro Acer H236L bid Logitech K120 CoolerMaster V650s 
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Fractal Design Node 304 Logitech MX518 FiiO E10K Olympus 2 Sennheiser HD 558 
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All the boards that you listed above are solid choices. MSI boards don't support offset overclocking, but other than that I don't hear much complains about them.
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I have an Asus mobo, but can't recommend anything in that price range. I have read a number of posts from Gigabyte owners and they are happy with theirs. Also there a good thread on overclocking here with Gigabyte BIOS:
http://www.overclock.net/t/1247413/ivy-bridge-overclocking-guide-with-ln2-guide-at-the-end
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