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I'm debating between two motherboards right now, both are $135-140. The first is the ASRock Z77 Extreme4 and the second is the ASUS P8Z77-V LK. Both have tons of reviews on Newegg and are very popular. This motherboard will be for a 3570K that will be overclocked without any voltage increase, so MOSFETS and other overclocking-related bits aren't really a concern. The build will also run a single GPU, either a 650Ti Boost or a 660.

Because everything else in the budget is so value-oriented, I began looking at at $95 ASRock Z77 Pro3. Sure it has less features and is missing heatsinks compared to the Extreme4, but I don't think it will really come into play all that much. Would it be wise to save the 40 dollars and get the $95 dollar motherboard instead? Again, features aside, will I still get a motherboard that will hold up for a few years and be able to perform without issue?

I've always bought ASUS in the past and have never had an issue, so moving away from them to ASRock in addition to buying a low-end board has me a bit worried, and I'm just not sure if that worry is warranted or not.

I guess I'm just looking for affirmation that a $95 ASRock motherboard won't crap out on me and give me issues. Tom's Hardware gave it good reviews, so I hope it will be decent!

TL;DR: Save cash and get a basic $95 Z77 Pro3 for a basic build, or spend some extra dough in hopes of better long-term reliability and get the $140 Extreme4 or P8Z77?


Thanks OCN, you all are always the best!
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If you run into a problem and want, somewhat, decent service, go with the ASRock. If you want horrible service, go with the ASUS. The ASUS board is fairly solid while the ASRock has some problems. Will you be overclocking?

Also: http://www.overclock.net/t/1397643/asus-p8z77-v-failure-and-asus-response
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Can you elaborate on these problems?

As the owner of a Z77 Extreme4 it is a great board. I would spend the extra $40 and enjoy all the extras. You may not need all the SATA or USB ports now but you never know in the future you might need them.

This board has been rock solid for me and I've been running it with a 2500k. Overclocks great just check out my sig rig, and it looks fantastic. ASRock driver support is top notch, constantly getting updated drivers out (Win8 and 7) and new BIOS releases. I have no complaints about this board whatsover. thumb.gif

EDIT: Forgot to add their XFast utilities actually work too. Using XFast USB when I need to put big files on my USB 2.0 External HDD. thumb.gif
Edited by Xtreme21 - 7/19/13 at 3:57pm
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What about this?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128546R

It IS an open box product, but newegg is always good about making sure these boards are fully functional.

Gigabyte uses better parts in general with their mobos, and they last a bit longer in most cases.

You can also buy used board from NCIX on ebay for decent deals.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/ASRock-Z77-Extreme4-M-LGA-1155-Intel-Motherboard-/200944850316?pt=Motherboards&hash=item2ec93f158c

Here is a micro atx board of the extreme for for 70 bucks.
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I would recommend Gigabyte boards over ASRock boards because the VRM quality is better across the board

http://sinhardware.com/index.php/vrm-list
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I would recommend Gigabyte boards over ASRock boards because the VRM quality is better across the board

http://sinhardware.com/index.php/vrm-list

Didnt they upgrade the VRMs on the Extreme4 for z87?
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extreme4 is an alright board..I still have AsRock hate but..that's just me.
i'd pick extreme4 over giga d3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138355 i bet this has better quality stuff than extreme4
 
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