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I'm looking for the best Z77 motherboard for my 2600k. While i doubt i would upgrade to Ivy due to the heat issues (that and i'm too scared to delid), i want to be able to use QuickSync, and have native USB 3.0 ports.

The thing is i will be using it on my BOINC rig. It is a rather generic case, but it's rather spacious, easy to move, and looks inconspicuous, plus i spent a lot of time modding it. But even then, i'm running into a slight problem with the PCI-E connectors. My rad is almost colliding with the second PCI-E slot on my rig, and i cannot fit another card, at least not without the use of a riser.



Moving the rad or the fans outside of the case, or changing cases is out of the question, so i'm looking for a Z77 motherboard which meets this criteria:

- Must be SLI compliant (just regular SLI, no need for tri SLI)
- Can OC a 2600k to 4.8 GHz+ (chip is capable of 5 GHz) and be stable for Folding/BOINC.
- Has a PCI-E x16 slot in the first position instead of a PCI-E x1
- Has only one slot separating the first and second PCI-E slots
- Has no PCI-E bridge chip for the lanes that come from the CPU, like the PLX switches (it could have one controlling the lanes coming off the PCH though, just as my P67 Extreme4 does)

Optional:
- Preferibly Full ATX. Been trying to get away from mATX motherboards, but if that is not possible it's okay.

The few motherboards i've found which meet the first 4 points have PLX bridges, which is something i do not want. Is there a motherboard that complies with all of the above?

THe only suggestions i won't pick are from MSI. I hold a great distrust from them, and wile i would purchase their GPU's in a heartbeat and blindfolded, i wouldn't even recommend their motherboards to my most bitter enemy.
Edited by Starbomba - 3/26/13 at 9:42pm
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The only boards that I can think of are Asus mATX ones. Like P8Z77-M Pro and Maximus V Gene.
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Any other options? I'd rather not go back to mATX if possible.
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