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if this has been posted i apologize in advance because i did this on a hurry before i go out.

im going to upgrade my board as my last upgrade for now

i have a 7870 and a i5 3570k that i plan to add to this machine.

my budget for the board is up to 160, i am willing to order but i want to buy this in the stores nearby (tigerdirect)
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Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H or MSI Z77A-GD65.
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Your going to hear a very mixed bag of suggestions based on peoples personal preference, Most if not all Z77 motherboards perform so close to each other that you really cant compare which is best, Generally speaking you get what you pay for thumb.gif
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I opened a thread about this too, and the conclusion is MSI Z77 MPower and GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UP5 are the winner.
http://www.overclock.net/t/1350873/end-this-war-z77-war
DeXel helped out in this thread too, the two models he suggested are the one lower model of the boards I have listed and I bet they come with almost everything their big brother has so you won't go wrong either way wink.gif But I'm more keen on the UP5 or UD3H so from my point of view go with the GA-Z77X-UD3H it won many awards for being a great budget board from tomshardware and some other places.
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At the sub-$160 price point, Gigabyte's GA-Z77X-UD3H is the way to go.
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post #6 of 20
Another vote for the z77x ud3h, superb motherboard with super accurate vcore reading.
post #7 of 20
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thanks guys i think i will go with the gigabyte then.

but i am tempted to go even higher and buy one of the super high end z77's like the sabertooth (i could afford it) but nah

a few dumb questions:

one of the things i want to do is ssd caching, im trusting both do it with any size ssd? (i already own a ssd)

both have the ability to keep mobile devices charged even when the machine is off?

and will i get some better game performance than on my current machine?

can i move my current ram to this new machine? its pc ddr3 1333...and would adding 8 more be a dumb choice? or was going that low dumb enough?
post #8 of 20
SSD caching is Z68/Z77 feature, so every board with those chipsets will do it. Maximum capacity of caching partition is 64GB though.

Gigabyte board can definitely charge when system is off. Not sure about MSI.

We don't know your current system...

RAM will work.
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my ssd is 128 gb. will i have to make a 64 gb partition?
post #10 of 20
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Originally Posted by DeXel View Post

Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H or MSI Z77A-GD65.
I'd recommend those too. Keep in mind that the GD65 doesn't have an offset voltage option.

If you can find an EVGA Z77 FTW for under $160, I'd recommend that. They randomly drop in price sometimes.
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