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Hey guys I am looking to buy a new motherboard and I want to switch from AMD to Intel.

This computer will mostly be used as a gaming rig with some 3d editing in Blender and some virtual machines

Here is what I have:

250gig Samsung 840 ssd
60gig OCZ vertex 3 ssd
2tb HD
2x AMD 6870s
1000w power supply
Coolermaster HafX

Here is what I am going to get:

Intel 3570k
16 gigs of QVL ram (I'll chose this after I pick the board)

Here are the motherboards im thinking of:
Gigabyte G1.Sniper 3 Extreme
GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UP5 TH
ASRock Z77 OC Formula


If anyone has any other recommendation I would like to know! I would like to keep it around $300

What I would like is something with Msata and thunderbolt. The dual lan is nice and have the eatx board wouldn't be bad either. And I don't have a color scheme anymore because the case is so big I have it sitting off to the side of my desk and its kinda out of sight.
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Gigabyte Z77X-UP4 TH. thumb.gif
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Originally Posted by adridu59 View Post

Gigabyte Z77X-UP4 TH. thumb.gif

Thats a nice one but I like the bluetooth/wifi card that comes with the Up5
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Thats a nice one but I like the bluetooth/wifi card that comes with the Up5

You could aswell get it separately:
http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?p=MB-GWB300D&c=fr&pid=00711571d108c210e82e0a57c84f9e72496f9004d2c9448f89759e4e67261611

There's a $60 difference between the two, the card costs $25. thumb.gif
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Cool! I might have to think about that one then!
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UP5 offers onboard power on, reset buttons, and debug LED. It also has better audio codec with a headphone amp. Also dual thunderbolt, voltage read points, and 8 true phase VRM design.

G1 Sniper 3 only worth it if you you plan to 3 or 4 way SLI. UP4/5 can handle 3-way Crossfire.

OC Formula doesn't offer much to justify its price imho.
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post #7 of 18
Always, always, (always,) go with ASUS for performance and reliability. Gosh, starting to sound like an ASUS rep here. Sorry for the hawking. Pick up a Maximus V Gene for gaming or a P8Z77-V for general use and light gaming.
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Always, always, (always,) go with ASUS for performance and reliability. Gosh, starting to sound like an ASUS rep here. Sorry for the hawking. Pick up a Maximus V Gene for gaming or a P8Z77-V for general use and light gaming.
Well the reason I am switching in the first place is I am having bad luck with my Crosshair Formula IV board..
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Originally Posted by DeXel View Post

UP5 offers onboard power on, reset buttons, and debug LED. It also has better audio codec with a headphone amp. Also dual thunderbolt, voltage read points, and 8 true phase VRM design.

G1 Sniper 3 only worth it if you you plan to 3 or 4 way SLI. UP4/5 can handle 3-way Crossfire.

OC Formula doesn't offer much to justify its price imho.

What about any of the other Arock boards?
post #10 of 18
Most of them suffer from voltage bug, and don't offer anything special for me to recommend one. Unless you can get them for very cheap.

Like one guy got Extreme6 for $50 from Microcenter combo, I believe.
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