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ASUS P8Z77-M vs MSI Z77MA-G45 (EDIT: Bought MSI Z77IA E53)

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Decided to buy an MSI Z77IA E53 and stayed mini itx.

My asrock z77e itx has died for the second time in a month (they stop posting) and I am tired of dealing with it so I am going to jump up to micro atx...


I want to spend under 130$ and have narrowed it down to these two motherboards and I really dont know which to use.

I feel like asus just because they are a little more popular than msi but I am not sure.

If there is a better board for around the same price and you know it's rock solid, by all means suggest it.

http://www.amazon.com/MSI-Computer-Corp-Motherboards-Z77MA-G45/dp/B007QWIA9S/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top
http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-P8Z77-M-Intel-Micro-Motherboard/dp/B007RIFKS0/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1361918246&sr=8-2&keywords=asus+p8z77m

I want a solid board because so far this asrock has caused my probably a month of downtime over this.


And I think I will get a silverstone SG09 and a silverstone strider 600w fully modular.

I am going to start with the motherboard to make completely sure that is the problem, obviously it is, but I worry about things like that, and if it works I will rma the asrock for a second time and then sell it, then I will sell my current case and psu, and so on...

Big bummer on my half thumbsdownsmileyanim.gif
Edited by HPE1000 - 2/27/13 at 2:03pm
 
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Asus got better mosfets. By better, I mean significantly better.
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no to the MSI Z77MA-G45... I have experience with them and if not a G55 board or better then do not bother.
what's the budget.?

the Z77-M has only a 4+1 VRM system and if running stock then fine.
you really should spend the $150 including tax for the Z77-M Pro.

the Gene V besides priced $200 is an awesome board, I have one of those too.
Edited by malmental - 2/26/13 at 2:55pm
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If it's between those 2, the Asus.
I wouldn't want an MSI z77 model any lower than gd-55 for an overclocking board.
    
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If it's between those 2, the Asus.
I wouldn't want an MSI z77 model any lower than gd-55 for an overclocking board.
exactly what I said...
great minds think alike.. thumb.gif
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150$ or less is my buget, what does the z77m pro gain besides more connectivity on the back? There are a lot of negative reviews on the pro version compared to the non pro version, and I am only overclocking to 4.5ghz at 1.2v on my 3570k.
 
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P8Z77-M should do fine for moderate overclocking. Maybe on hot side, but it shouldn't blew up or hit power limit. It all depends on how much of OC features did Asus remove from the BIOS since I can't find any solid info about that.

M-Pro has 6 phase design.

Gigabyte has GA-Z77MX-D3H which is similar to GA-Z77-D3H and P8Z77-M VRM wise. It also has better audio codec, but I am not sure if you'll like blue PCB.

$150 is a good budget for G1 Sniper M3 though thumb.gif if you find it on sale.
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there was a bad BIOS with the M-Pro it's since been sorted as I run the Z77-M Pro as my main unit.
3570K @ 4.4GHz on 1.248V
the M-Pro has a 6+2 VRM and eSata along with more USB 3.0..
read my review off newegg about it..

the M (non Pro) is a disappointment, I had one for about two weeks then eBay'd it.
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also let me add that I hate mobo's with only a 4-pin CPU plug...mad.gif
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I have experience with the z68 version of the z77ma-g45, though between that and the asus p8z77-m

I'd say get the p8z77-m, also, why not have a poll to help decide?
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