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I currently have a Gigabyte z68-d3h-b3 motherboard that has served me well over the span of time I have owned it. I has allowed me to overclock to 4.5 on Air (near stable but temps get a little too high with my N520). I plan on doing some gradual upgrades to keep everything in line as to keep from doing a complete rebuild and with the latest Haswell release and reviews am happy that I purchased my 2500k originally!

My questions are since there is no real benefit for me to change over from my 2500k just yet, would it be wise to go ahead and invest in a better motherboard for the processor? I can only imagine higher stability and performance could come a higher quality mobo regardless of the quality of my currently mid range( budget) board I have now. I would like to see what others think on this as the 2500k is older and the market is moving on; 1155 socket motherboards are becoming rarer and more expensive! I would like to make a purchase if it is deemed advisable before things just get too costly to buy.

This all stems from all the talk on not bothering to upgrade from this processor and how it still holds ground in the gaming community. If that is so, then these motherboards will be in higher demand for people wanting to get a bit more longevity out of this amazing processor.
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post #2 of 6
If you get a good Z77 motherboard, then you might be able to achieve 4.5 GHz with a lower voltage and you will probably enjoy true stability as well.
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post #3 of 6
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What would be considered a good z77 motherboard?
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post #4 of 6
By price
low-midrange: Gigabyte z77x-d3h / ud3h , ASUS P8Z77-LE Plus (possibly 6+2 phase without doublers akin to P8Z77-V Pro), P8Z77M Pro
mid-range: Gigabyte z77x-UP5 TH , Asus P8Z77-V Pro , Asrock Z77 OC Formula , ASUS P8z77-i deluxe (ITX)
High end: Gigabyte Z77X-UP7 , ASUS Maximus V extreme (overpriced)

see http://sinhardware.com/index.php/vrm-list smile.gif

My pick for mobo based fan control:
ASUS P8Z77-V PRO $200 (- 15% off w/ promo code Z7715722) - $20 MIR = $150 --> FanXpert 2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131819

ASUS P8Z77-M PRO (MicroATX) $140 --> FanXpert 2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131833

ASUS P8Z77-I Deluxe $180 (- 15% off w/ promo code Z7715722) - $20 MIR = $138 --> Fan Xpert
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131840

My picks if you have a fan controller or don't care if all chassis headers linked together:
Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H $150 - 15% off w/ promo code Z7715722 = $127.5+7.87 shipping = $135.37
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128544

--> http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=70263&vpn=GA%2DZ77X%2DUD3H&manufacture=Gigabyte&promoid=1275 137.99 , no rebate

A note:
Considering you can grab a Gigabyte Z87X-OC, ASUS Maximus VI Hero for less than ~$190, I wouldn't spend more than about $150 on a Z77 board.
Edited by AlphaC - 7/24/13 at 7:57pm
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post #5 of 6
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Tigerdirect currently has this going for $99 USD after a mail in rebate -GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD3H.

It seems like a pretty decent board, with only a few complaints early on before bios updates seemed to resolve most. It is about $40 cheaper than other sites currently. I see this is the one Alpha mentioned. Would anyone recommend it? I am still sitting the fence on my mobo purchase as I wouldn't mind getting a better looking board as long as it has more features to aid my 2500k. My current is totally fine just a bit old and only has HEFI.
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Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Crucial M4 128 gb External MSI Dvd Drive usb 2.0 COOLER MASTER Hyper N 520 Windows 7 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
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KeyboardCaseMouseAudio
Logitech k270 Corsair 750d Logitech m510 Topping Tp20- Mark 2 
Audio
Polk Audio Monitor 40's 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500k  Gigabyte GA-z68-d3h-b3 EVGA GTX 780 SC ACX Kingston HyperX Blu 8 gb 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Crucial M4 128 gb External MSI Dvd Drive usb 2.0 COOLER MASTER Hyper N 520 Windows 7 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
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With my latest purchase of a EVGA GTX 780 SC with ACX cooler, I have really come to question if I should spring for a better motherboard. The more I read about the lack of need to upgrade from a 2500k, the more I question the current stability of my motherboard and its features. Kind of bumping my own thread to see if I can get some more answers in here since I recently posted an alright deal on one of the motherboards mentioned in here and am looking for more replies.
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Logitech k270 Corsair 750d Logitech m510 Topping Tp20- Mark 2 
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i5 2500k  Gigabyte GA-z68-d3h-b3 EVGA GTX 780 SC ACX Kingston HyperX Blu 8 gb 
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Crucial M4 128 gb External MSI Dvd Drive usb 2.0 COOLER MASTER Hyper N 520 Windows 7 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
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Logitech M510 Altec Lansing 2.1 
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Crucial M4 Western Digital Blue WD10EZEX Windows 10 Samsung 27" 1080p 
KeyboardCaseMouseAudio
Logitech k270 Corsair 750d Logitech m510 Topping Tp20- Mark 2 
Audio
Polk Audio Monitor 40's 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500k  Gigabyte GA-z68-d3h-b3 EVGA GTX 780 SC ACX Kingston HyperX Blu 8 gb 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Crucial M4 128 gb External MSI Dvd Drive usb 2.0 COOLER MASTER Hyper N 520 Windows 7 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung 27" 1080p 1ms Latency Logitech k270 Corsair AX 850 Lian Li Lancool pc-K9WX 
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Logitech M510 Altec Lansing 2.1 
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