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Hello all.
I'm looking to moving onto the z77 chipset and am looking at these 2 boards as my choices:

The MSI Z77A-GD65
LINK

or

The ASUS P8Z77-V Pro
LINK


I'm going to come off right up front and say I really like the look of the MSI board! One thing though is that I do plan on overclocking a 3770k to at least 4.5-4.7ghz. I will be using everything else in my sig rig.

One thing that worries me about the MSI is the lack of offset mode overclocking. I've read conflicting info on this on the forums with some saying you can do offset mode but it involves using the turbo ratio or something like that. Is this info correct? I am currently looking through the MSI manual to verify this overclocking info but haven't finished yet.

If there are any other boards that someone can recommend I would appreciate it as well.

I'm looking to hopefully meet these simple criteria:

1.Looks, Im trying to keep the Blue Black them I got going on in my case. Could use something that could modify heat sinks, but odd color plastic motherboard connectors wont cut it.

2. Needs a ps2 port

3. Needs either coaxial port or spidf header

4. good overclocker with 3770k to 4.5-4.7ghz.

5. Price. I cant go expensive so im looking from mid to high end that could be had for 150 or so new or used.


If I think of anything else I'll add it in.


I'm looking to buy a motherboard soon but need a little help in what to look for. If there's any tips or info that someone can add that are not to well known in either of these 2 boards I would appreciate it. thumb.gif
   
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I7-3770K Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP7 Saphire R9 290 Saphire R9 290 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Corsair Dominator Platinum OCZ Vertex 4  OCZ Vertex 4 Seagate  
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Custom Loop Windows 8.1 QNIX QX2710LED Logitech G710 
PowerCaseMouseAudio
Cooler Master V1000 Zalman GS1000 Logitech G502 Sound Blaster Z 
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i7-3770k MSI Z77A-GD65 XFX HD 7870 Black Edition XFX HD 7870 Black Edition 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Corsair Vengeance OCZ Vertex 4 OCZ Vertex 4 Seagate Baracuda 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Seagate Baracuda Sony BR Corsair H100i Windows 8.1 PRO 
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