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Hi guys i am making a build for my friend; either a 3570k or a 2500k.... he is going to be using an Corsair H60 to cool his CPU, and im looking for a motherboard that has good heatsinks for an overclock of 4.5ghz.
Maybe 4.3ghz if 4.5 is too much...

I remember doing a 4.5ghz overclock with my P8Z68-V LE motherboard and 2500k under 70C.... not sure which boards equate to it now in the Z77 range?

I actually prefer ASUS motherboards because of the BIOS that im more familiar with/able to know how to overclock on the spot and use on the spot. I dont have time to figure out how to overclock my friend's computer because he expects it to be done in within a day... i dont think i can drive out to him again as often to fix it because he lives pretty far.

Are there any other motherboards out there that have like an easy switch software OC like ASUS does? Im not too familiar with other brands. Budget wise, i want to stay under 140.... or even 125 if its possible.......

- 1 video card
- 2500k
- h60 cooler
- no need for SLI
- no need for firewire
- dont really care too much about USB 3.0 (would be nice)
- need some decent heatsinks/good VRMs/reliable capacitors (please no duds)
- need to be ASUS or EASY switch or EASY to overclock on the spot to 4.2 or 4.5 (manually in BIOS with ASUS cause im more familiar with ASUS)


Reps will be given to all with good advice. Thank you!!!
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I think that the ASUS P8Z77-V LE PLUS ($136 after $20 MIR @ Newegg) might do the trick in the lower-end, or the regular P8Z77-V ($180 @ Newegg) if you want to go mid-range.

An alternate suggestion would be Gigabyte's ever-popular GA-Z77-UD3H model ($146 @ Newegg).
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I think that the ASUS P8Z77-V LE PLUS ($136 after $20 MIR @ Newegg) might do the trick in the lower-end, or the regular P8Z77-V ($180 @ Newegg) if you want to go mid-range.

An alternate suggestion would be Gigabyte's ever-popular GA-Z77-UD3H model ($146 @ Newegg).

Thanks for the suggestion, svenge! Can you recommend a lower priced motherboard than the Gigabyte that would work with this OC ? or maybe an MSI one if you know? So i can show my friend more choices to pick from if he thinks these are too much for him ?
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Z77X-D3H?

Best value Z77 motherboard imo, but that's because I don't use asrock anymore.
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I use the asrock z77 exteme 4 and have no issues getting to 4.5 with my i5-3570k. Its easily done and has a pretty cheap price tag. The bios also has preset you can change to or your can manually change them.
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MSI Z77A-GD55 is a decent board tho you lose offset.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130644

id still look at the gigabyte boards mentioned above me smile.gif
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Can you recommend a lower priced motherboard than the Gigabyte that would work with this OC ? or maybe an MSI one if you know?

The Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H (one model down from the -UD3H) is $114 after $15 MIR @ NCIX US.

As for MSI, Newegg has an interesting promotion where they're selling the Z77A-G45 for $118 after $10 MIR and including a free 8GB stick of RAM with purchase...
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Thanks for the suggestions guys, i think we covered a good range of prices. As long as you guys think they're reliable like VRM and component wise like caps? because i mean i want to suggest him a good board, but he's not trying to spend too much - i was even just the one who suggested the overclock since he was just going to go stock with no intention to overclock....felt like he needed it more since he was playing MMORPGS's.... redface.gif

Ill show him this thread, reps all around! thumb.gif
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Thanks for the suggestions guys, i think we covered a good range of prices. As long as you guys think they're reliable like VRM and component wise like caps? because i mean i want to suggest him a good board, but he's not trying to spend too much - i was even just the one who suggested the overclock since he was just going to go stock with no intention to overclock....felt like he needed it more since he was playing MMORPGS's.... redface.gif

Ill show him this thread, reps all around! thumb.gif

All the models mentioned in this thread (with the possible exception of the ASRock Extreme 4 due to its D-PAK MOSFETs) ought to be suitable and reliable enough for your friend's purposes.
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G45 has terrible VRM (4 phases with D-PAKs) which will barely get you to everyday OC clocks. GD55 goes as low as $99, and so is Z77X-D3H, but that didn't happen in a while.

Other choices are Biostar TZ77XE3, XE4, HiFi.
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