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Since im done with EVGA boards, (ive RMA'ed 2 P55 FTW, they ran out of them, and sent me a Z68 SLI, i had to buy a new processor and everything) and the new Z68 randomly doesn't detect my memory, sometimes doesn't detect the processor, and overall it just is a bad board. I can't even get it to boot from any disk/usb drive so i can't install windows, or even run memtest) and ive spent 2 months RMAing with EVGA and still don't have something that works. Im just gonna buy a new Z77 with my birthday money this week. Im loving these 2 boards for their own reasons.

ASRock Z77 OC Formula
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=13-157-328&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&Pagesize=10&SelectedRating=1&VideoOnlyMark=False&IsFeedbackTab=true&Keywords=%28keywords%29&Page=1&RandomID=806941082131645820130530215105

Good layout, enough PCIex16 for current 2 way SLI setup and a spare card for extra monitor. From what im reading its pretty good for overclocking, and its got 12+4 VRM's which i understand is a huge plus. Watercooled VRM's which ive always wanted since i have a water cooling setup, but i don't know what size the barbs are and if they are removable? I run a 7/16 ID tubing on 1/2 barbs on the rest of the rig, anyone own this know what size the barbs are or if i can install my own?

ASRock Z77 WS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157336

Looks good, server quality board. Only a 8+2 VRM setup though so im not sure on overclocking ability? I am only looking at this board due to the 4way SLI ability, which is something that i don't own nor can afford right now but in the future i might? I want to be able to use this board for atleast 3-4 years. I like the color scheme abit more then the OC Formula.



So right now im leaning tord the OC Formula, unless someone has something else i should look at for under $250 max. (will look at something $10-20 more only if its ultra amazing)
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You might check out the Z77 Fatal1ty Professional. It looks to have all the features you want minus the WC for the VRMs. It does have 16+8 VRMs though which is awesome. Plus it's under $200.

EDIT: For the record I had a 990FX Fatal1ty Pro for a while and LOVED it. Best mobo I've ever owned hands down.
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You might check out the Z77 Fatal1ty Professional. It looks to have all the features you want minus the WC for the VRMs. It does have 16+8 VRMs though which is awesome. Plus it's under $200.

EDIT: For the record I had a 990FX Fatal1ty Pro for a while and LOVED it. Best mobo I've ever owned hands down.

Ya i had that one on my list as well, but i ruled it out, due to some of the reviews i read on it on newegg. It didn't seem to rate as high as the others. I will look into them all some more maybe if someone has owned some of these boards can chime in?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157299

Oh i also get a $60 set of ram with the OC Formula which i would probally sell or keep for backup/testing.
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Ram deal is over with the OC Formula, but ill probably order on Friday with my paycheck.
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Ram deal is over with the OC Formula, but ill probably order on Friday with my paycheck.

Good choice even though I didn't change your mind tongue.gif

I am a big fan of ASRock. Their mid-high end boards have treated me will with no issues whatsoever. I'm sure you'll be happy with your choice biggrin.gif
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