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Like the title says. I'm looking at these 4 boards, not quite set on what to get.
$172 UD5H http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128545
$240 UP5 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128559
$198 P8Z77-V Pro http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131819
$160 GD-65 Gaming http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130686

Going to use it with a i5 3570k and Phanteks TC14PE cooler. Primarily going to be used for gaming and some moderate OCing(it's on Air, afterall) On-Board sound quality doesn't matter to me as I have my own soundcard. I don't really care about Thunderbolt, either, having neither anything that could use it nor forseeing me getting anything that Could use it in the future, i'm interested in the UP5 for purely quality reasons(it having one of the best darn VRM's out there)
I Do, however, require WiFi of some sort(I lack an adapter as my current board has it built in) so if I got a board without it i'd have to factor in the cost of getting a nice adapter to stick in it.

Don't need more then 3 PCI-E 3.0's(heck, don't need more then 2 really, but 3 seems to be pretty much standard) which is why I ruled out the Sniper, since it's basically a UD5H with an extra pci-e 3 in a spot I can't even Use with my cooler and fancier on-board audio-crud for an extra $100.

While i'd like it to have a PCI slot so I can keep using my Xonar DG, the GD-65 is cheap enough that I could use the money saved to nab a good pci-e soundcard, like the DX or something, or anything else geared for headphones that isn't too good to notice with my Sennheiser PX-200 II

Generally, just looking for ease of OC and quality parts(VRM), the main reason the UP5 is even in there, though I am wondering if it's really even worth getting as it seems like it's more for the watercooling/LN/ect. crowd. I'm skeptical if typical on-air OC's would stress the VRM enough to warrant getting the UP5 over the others 12(6 true) phase VRM's.

Any suggestions, comments? Rants and raves on this or that board? Hit me with some feedback! biggrin.gif
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MSI is one of my least favorite brands, but hands down the GD-65 Gaming offers the best features at the best price point. Also it's got all 5 star reviews on Newegg for the average which is pretty rare. It has pretty good VRMs and a good count of them and seems to be a really solid board. It's definitely the one I would go for considering the price. Other choice is the UP5, but it's too expensive. The VRM is of the highest quality but I would not buy it just because the MSI is so much better priced and has extra features.
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Why won't you just wait for Haswell...? Only about 2 weeks left.

I wouldn't buy UP5 for VRM alone. You can even go with UD3H or GD55...
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Why won't you just wait for Haswell...? Only about 2 weeks left.

I wouldn't buy UP5 for VRM alone. You can even go with UD3H or GD55...

Same reason I didn't get a 3770k. For what I use it for, it would offer little if any improvement and costs more.
Those two boards arn't on the list for various reasons.
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MSI is one of my least favorite brands, but hands down the GD-65 Gaming offers the best features at the best price point. Also it's got all 5 star reviews on Newegg for the average which is pretty rare. It has pretty good VRMs and a good count of them and seems to be a really solid board. It's definitely the one I would go for considering the price. Other choice is the UP5, but it's too expensive. The VRM is of the highest quality but I would not buy it just because the MSI is so much better priced and has extra features.

Likewise, only problem with the GD-65 though is, despite the low price of the board, buying it also necessitates a new sound card and a wifi card, which are going to really balloon the price.
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I looked into the gigabyte UD5H the MSI Z77 extreme4 or 3 cant remeber and the Biostar TZ77XE3 which were classified as the best sub $160 1155 boards by tomshardware, found the biostar on tigerdirect for $109 on sale.
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I looked into the gigabyte UD5H the MSI Z77 extreme4 or 3 cant remeber and the Biostar TZ77XE3 which were classified as the best sub $160 1155 boards by tomshardware, found the biostar on tigerdirect for $109 on sale.

The biostar is an Analog vrm and from a manufacturer i don't care for. The Extreme 4 is an ASRock board which uses really shoddy parts while claiming that they use better(claiming digital when it's analog, uses garbage D-PAKS, ect.), has voltage reporting issues, customer service is flakey, ect.
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Same reason I didn't get a 3770k. For what I use it for, it would offer little if any improvement and costs more.
Those two boards arn't on the list for various reasons.

They replace old stuff for the same money. Ivy Bridge will go on sale, but you won't save much. I would wait for tests, but I'm pretty sure that Haswell will at least run cooler assuming that Intel will use solder this time around. Also LGA1150 board offer 6 SATA 3 ports which is nice, especially long term.

Anyway, Haswell announcement is soon. Compare the prices first.
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They replace old stuff for the same money. Ivy Bridge will go on sale, but you won't save much. I would wait for tests, but I'm pretty sure that Haswell will at least run cooler assuming that Intel will use solder this time around. Also LGA1150 board offer 6 SATA 3 ports which is nice, especially long term.

Anyway, Haswell announcement is soon. Compare the prices first.

Only problem with that is I already have a $190 3570k sitting around.
I might be able to return it, but...
Regardless, from what i've read, Haswell uses the same crappy TIM that Ivybridge does and would still be be a big fat heatmonster when OC'ed.

I'll probably wait just to see what Haswell does(and for a potential price-drop on Ivy stuff) but i'll still most likely just grab an ivybridge board, mature, tested, working. The fact that it's a 'dead-end' socket means nothing to me when i'll be upgrading the entire system in a few years when games start getting bottlenecked by it again.

Besides, even if you got the 1150 socket board now, by the time you're changing CPU's, your going to Want to get a new board for all the new improvements/technologies/better hardware anyhow.

Of course, it also helps if you have a little brother or friends to gobble up part of the cost of an older system when you upgrade to a new one biggrin.gif
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