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I currently have a Gigabyte GA-H77m-D3H. I am wanting to upgrade to a new board
I have been looking at Asus. Which I really am liking a lot. I am confused in choosing the right one. Anyone can help me shop for one smile.gif
My budget is 150-250

I have a
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz
And
evga Geforce Gtx 660ti

On it.
post #2 of 10
Newegg had the sabertooth Z77 board for $200

What is it mainly going to be used for? OCing? Gaming? Both?
 
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Basicly you want a mobo with a socket 1155 (wich is same as your CPU) and can handle 3th gen procs (22nm)- and not only the 2nd gen procs (32nm)

So anything like P67 or Z77 will do.

Z77 is newer.

P67 does not always support your CPU without a BIOS flash (wich is easy with ASUS mobo's)

And even so, the onlyu reason to support your CPU fully is for it's build in garaphics... wich you are NOT gonna use with your 660Ti.

And only using 1 card so any board will run it at 16x. Don't stare blind on PCI-e 2.0 or 3.0 as 2.0 at 8x is still fast enough for 1 GTX690 (barely...)


So if you want to have a relative cheap upgrade, I'd go P67 (eg my board P8P67 Deluxe costs about 120€/$155)

If you want the latest (wich will not perform better compared to an P67, but is more future proof) then you want Z77 chipset.


Don't buy the ROG boards as they are very expensive and you wont likely OC it the EXTREME way wink.gif

Those "normal" (non-ROG) boards can handle decent OC themselves wink.gif


Just don't go lower than P67 chipsets... and if I were you I would ofcourse but the Z77 chipset boards!!!

If you plan on going SLI AND you have a big CPU cooler (like the Thermalright Silver Arrow or something) then be sure to look for motherboards who have the first slot a PCI-e 1x (and not 16x) as it will most likely be blocked when using big CPU-coolers...

Then again, those boards are hard to find for SLI 16x/16x as they will be most likely 8x/8x...

But no need to worry about the last thing I mentionned...
Edited by ASUSfreak - 4/6/13 at 2:28am
   
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post #4 of 10
I noticed that your current motherboard is an mATX model. If you want another mATX model from ASUS, the Maximus V Gene fits your budget.

If you want to go with full-size ATX, their P8Z77-V is a good choice as well.
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Where are you located? 6+ phase Biostars are good for budget boards. Solid VRMs.



find xd_1771's comment on Biostar here
www.overclock.net/t/943109/about-vrms-mosfets-motherboard-safety-with-125w-tdp-processors/0_100
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Thank you guys for the help. That is really some useful information.
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Newegg had the sabertooth Z77 board for $200

What is it mainly going to be used for? OCing? Gaming? Both?

It will be used for Gaming and Video Editing. I will probably overclock later
post #8 of 10
msi mpower z77 is serving me pretty well smile.gif and built to oc. the build quality is impressive!

other than that id go for a high end gigabyte. asus is good but ive heard they leave something to be desired.
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msi mpower z77 is serving me pretty well smile.gif and built to oc. the build quality is impressive!

other than that id go for a high end gigabyte. asus is good but ive heard they leave something to be desired.

I have narrowed it down to 2 now. the ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 or the GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H
post #10 of 10
I'd go gigabyte one then.....

looks to have a newer onboard audiochip, more connectiosn for drives, a better lan chip and you save $60.

should overclock nearly the same. you are paying for aesthetics more on the asus if you want that look. personally i think the gigabyte would look better in a wider possibility of builds. if you want absoluetely top of the line then I guess buy the ASUS but be warned on the mpower z77 thread there are at least 20 posts I've read where people hated that board and found it to be a waste of money. I have not really seen anyone bad mouth GIGABYTES high end boards anywhere in that thread or others.

also if im reading it right the gigabyte has more expansion slots of use for crossfire if you wanna expand later

I'd say go gigabyte. looks to be more or at least same features. cheaper, and can invest in another area of the rig later. I like my msi board but if picking again I'd buy that gigabyte any day of the week. hope that helps just my opinion and vibe on what ive read on different threads thumb.gif
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