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post #1 of 8
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I am currently getting ready to build an i7 3770k machine and I am at an impasse on which motherboard to buy. I have set a budget of ~$160 but I can not decide, so I figured I would come to you for help.

I already have a case: The Carbide 400R

And I have the ram: 8GB G.Skill

I will be using an old SATA HDD until I can upgrade to an SDD and I will be purchasing a new CD/DVD drive (since my old unit it PATA).

I am considering this Corsair PSU since I will not need a lot of power because I will only ever run one GPU and it will probably be something in the Radeon 7770 or Nvidia GTX 650 range.

My biggest problem will be choosing a motherboard. I have used the ASRock Extreme4 Socket 2011 board in the past and really liked it. But my friend has a Gigabyte UD3H and he swears by it. I am currently running a Gigabyte board and it has served me well, but it is acting up and aging so it may be time to retire it before it retires me. I like the Gigabyte M.I.T. overclocking interface and find it easy to use, the ASRock on the other hand was a little more confusing, but I am willing to learn the new interface. The Gigabyte board is also nice because of the mSATA slot built into the board. I have no current use for the mSATA, but it would be nice in case I need it in the future.

Here are my choices so far:

ASRock Z77 Extreme4

ASRock Z77 Extreme6

MSI Z77A GD55

Gigabyte Z77X UD3H

Basically, I can't decide and would appreciate your input on this greatly. I am hoping to make the purchase next week and will post the board I have chosen.
Edited by helusay - 3/1/13 at 2:42am
post #2 of 8
out of those choices i would choose the Z77 Extreme6. can i ask, why you are getting such a high end CPU, but a low end GPU? is it a placeholder, or are you just not going to use the GPU power?
post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 
I got a really good deal on the CPU ($100) and I am not a hardcore gamer, so the games I do play don't require a lot of GPU. I am intending to use the build more for database/website development and some video encoding, neither require a high end GPU.
post #4 of 8
Thread Starter 
Just curious, why did you choose the Extreme6?
post #5 of 8
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Originally Posted by helusay View Post

Just curious, why did you choose the Extreme6?
http://www.overclock.net/t/1333812/asrock-z77-extreme4-z77-extreme6-review
post #6 of 8
I'd say UD3H.

The extreme4 is garbage. Don't even bother with it.

The extreme6 is a doubled 4 phase, whereas the other two boards are 6 phase. It also has some voltage monitoring problems

The UD3H has offset voltage, whereas the GD55 only has fixed voltage.

You can also look at the features of the other boards. I have no idea which wins in terms of those.
post #7 of 8
Art Vanelay, pretty much summed everything up
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I am considering this Corsair PSU since I will not need a lot of power because I will only ever run one GPU and it will probably be something in the Radeon 7770 or Nvidia GTX 650 range.

You can run 2-way SLI with that. Maybe even 3-way SLI with certain GPUs.

If all you need is 1 GPU, get something more efficient for the same money. Something like this. Ask in PSU section for more suggestions.
Ivy Bridge
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Ryzen
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Intel Core i5 3570K Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H EVGA Geforce GTX 780 Classified Crucial Ballistix Sport 2x8GB 1600Mhz CL9 
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Samsung 830 Western Digital WD1001FALS Samsung HD753LJ ST3300822AS 
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Western Digital RED 3 TB Custom Loop Lamptron FC Touch Windows 8.1 update 1 Professional 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell P2414H CM Storm Quickfire Rapid Red EVGA G2 1000W Cooler Master Cosmos II 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Logitech G502 Logitech G240 Beyerdynamic DT 880 Premium 600 OHM Schiit Valhalla 
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Ivy Bridge
(21 items)
 
Ryzen
(5 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5 3570K Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H EVGA Geforce GTX 780 Classified Crucial Ballistix Sport 2x8GB 1600Mhz CL9 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Samsung 830 Western Digital WD1001FALS Samsung HD753LJ ST3300822AS 
Hard DriveCoolingCoolingOS
Western Digital RED 3 TB Custom Loop Lamptron FC Touch Windows 8.1 update 1 Professional 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell P2414H CM Storm Quickfire Rapid Red EVGA G2 1000W Cooler Master Cosmos II 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Logitech G502 Logitech G240 Beyerdynamic DT 880 Premium 600 OHM Schiit Valhalla 
Audio
M-Audio AV40 
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I have chosen to go with the UD3H because it simply has more features. One feature is the VirtuMVP. Since I am not going big on my GPU, being able to couple it with the onboard HD 4000 chipset for a boost (if I ever need it) will be nice. That and the fact that it has the mSATA and more USB 3.0 slots will really come in handy when I want to take full advantage of these things in the future.

The order has been placed.
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