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Hi everyone, I'll be using an i53750k and I plan to overclock it.
I'm trying to stay within a budget of 85€ ~ 100€, much like my budget, I'd like my overclock to be reasonable too, ideally 4.4 or a bit more if possible.

I'm torn between these motherboards, I'm going to also list what I "scavenged" about them thus far, its going to make my post a bit more lenghty but maybe it may help someone that stumbles upon the thread:
GIGABYTE:
85€ Gigabyte GA-Z77-DS3H rev 1.0
89€ Gigabyte GA-Z77M-D3H
105€ Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H

All of the above utilize the same bios, you can't adjust vcore, the motherboards have a fairly high stock vcore so you may get "stuck" easily by trying to fiddle with the multiplier.
all of them afaik have a 4+1 powerphase.
MSI:
84€ MSI Z77A-G43
104€ MSI Z77A-G45

The former doesnt allow the vcore to be adjusted, the latter does, and also allows the cpu values to be fiddled with from your OS with a 3rd party software, if you google either though, people seem to be having trouble OCing.
Afaik the G43 has a 4+1 powerphase while the G45 a 6power phase.

ASUS:
100€ ASUS P8Z77-V LX
Dont know much, but I'd have to wait 10 days for this part to arrive (and I'm somewhat itchy to buy smile.gif)

ASROCK:
85€ Asrock Z77 PRO3
87€ Asrock Z77 PRO4-M
103€ Asrock Z77 EXTREME4-M

From what I read, they are "flimsy" boards whose capacitors arent the best quality, however they are all well versed for OCing.
The PRO3 has a 4+1 powerphase, the PRO4-M and the EXTREME4-M have a 4+2 powerphase.
All of them afaik allow vcore to be manually set, and all of them come with OCing presets that are definately respectable (4.2 4.4 4.6 4.8 etc.).
edit.
the E4-M doesnt have a 4+2 powerphase, its actually 4+1+1, that may aswell be the case for the P4-M too.

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Rest of the parts specs:
i5 3750k
8gb ram
660GTX factory oc 2gb
xfx 550W PSU

Thank you very much for your help
Edited by gusamadurai - 3/24/13 at 4:25am
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2 quick questions: Do you plan on ever running 2 video cards at once, and where are you located / buying from?
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1. No, i'll never run 2 videocards at once
2. Italy, buying from amazon.it
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Out of those listed, I'd take the Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H. I just wish you had a few more euro to work with, as the 119€ GA-Z77X-D3H would be ideal for your situation with its 6+2+1 power setup.
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Eh, that starts to be ~40€ over my initial budget (85€).

At that price range, I could get the asrock Z77 Extreme 4 or the ASUS P8Z77-M PRO or the MSI Z77A-GD55.
I would argue those (and perhaps even the ones around ~100€) are overkill for what I had in mind (a pc on a budget but with great bang/buck and a respectable OC).

I wouldnt know which to get among those (but I know the extreme 4 has the best powerphase), i'll keep them in my wishlist, maybe one of them goes on sale sometime next week.
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The D3H with the high stock voltage and non-adjustable vcoreis an odd choice, why get that over the others (expecially the asrocks)?
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You can adjust voltage on Z77-D3H. Check your sources. Check for Z77-HD4 as well. Asus is a very similar board VRM wise, not sure about everything else.

Pro 3 and 4 are similar too, but they use analog Interlsil PWM that has voltage reporting issue with these ASRock boards.

Extreme4-M, and those MSI boards are terrible with outdated D-PAK mosfets and low phase count. GD55 is where good boards start for MSI, and Extreme6 for Asus (or at least full sized Extreme4).
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Z77 Extreme 4 or the ASUS P8Z77-M PRO or the MSI Z77A-GD55
but I know the extreme 4 has the best powerphase

That's not true at all.
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Very helpful Dexel, so basically we can rule out most of the ~85€ budget boards, the next "step" is ~ 105€:

Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H
MSI Z77A-G45

And the next step is ~120€ (they all cost pretty much like this):

Asrock Z77 EXTREME4
Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H
ASUS P8Z77-M PRO
MSI Z77A-GD55

What now?
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