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Gigabyte Z87X-D3H vs Z87-D3HP

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Hi everyone, I'm planning to build a gaming PC (my first one) which I'll mainly be using for gaming (Batlefield 4), multimedia, studies, etc.

These are my plans so far:

CPU: i5 4670K
Case: Antec One (2 fans, 2 USB 3.0, etc.)
Memory: G.Skill 8GB Dual Channel (2x4GB) F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
HDD: WD Caviar Blue 1TB WD10EZEX
Wireless Adapter: TP-LINK TL-WN881ND 300Mbps Wireless N PCI-E Express Adapter
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 24x Internal SA
PSU: Corsair 650W VS650 ATX Power Supply, 120mm fan, 2x (6+2) pin PCIE, 4x SATA, 4x Molex, Single Rail Design, 3-Year Warranty
Monitor: AOC e2450Swh 23.6 LED Monitor - Black, Full HD 1920x1080p, 20,000,000:1(DCR), HDMI, DVI, 5ms, Speakers, VESA
Operating System: Windows 8 64 bit OEM
Graphics Card: Sapphire HD 7950 3GB PCIE HDMI/ DVI-I/DVI-D/DP 384BIT with Boost

I plan to overclock this system to the most stable config that I can keep it on for daily usage, and I need to know which motherboard would be best for this

These are my two main options at this stage:

Gigabyte GA-Z87-D3HP http://www.provantage.com/gigabyte-technology-ga-z87-d3hp~7GIGB0L6.htm
Gigabyte GA-Z87X-D3H http://www.provantage.com/gigabyte-technology-ga-z87x-d3h~7GIGB0L8.htm

The X version of the motherboard will cost me about $20 NZD ($16 USD) extra, and I need to know whether it's worth it for overclocking and general use, or if it's better to just save the extra money for my intended purposes.

Thanks, any input is appreciated biggrin.gif
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 3470 Gigabyte GA-H77M-D3H Sapphire R9 270x Dual-X OC with Boost G.SKILL Ripjaws X 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
WD Blue Edition 1TB 3.5" SATA3 Lite-On IHAS324 ALLWRITE 24x SATA Default CPU cooler Windows 8.1 64bit OEM 
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LG 23EN43V-B 23" Full HD LED Monitor Cooler Master V550S 550W Gold rated PSU Bitfenix Merc Alpha 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 3470 Gigabyte GA-H77M-D3H Sapphire R9 270x Dual-X OC with Boost G.SKILL Ripjaws X 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
WD Blue Edition 1TB 3.5" SATA3 Lite-On IHAS324 ALLWRITE 24x SATA Default CPU cooler Windows 8.1 64bit OEM 
MonitorPowerCase
LG 23EN43V-B 23" Full HD LED Monitor Cooler Master V550S 550W Gold rated PSU Bitfenix Merc Alpha 
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The Z87X-D3H has better power delivery hardware for OC purposes, so I'd say it's certainly worth the price differential even before you factor in the ability to run CFX @ 8x/8x.
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Western Digital Caviar SE WD1600JS NEC ND-3520A Windows XP Dell M780 
PowerCaseOther
FSP Group SAGA+ 450R Cooler Master Centurion 5 w/ Window (CAC-T05-WW) Samsung Floppy Drive (SFD321B/LBL1) 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Western Digital Caviar SE WD1600JS NEC ND-3520A Windows XP Dell M780 
PowerCaseOther
FSP Group SAGA+ 450R Cooler Master Centurion 5 w/ Window (CAC-T05-WW) Samsung Floppy Drive (SFD321B/LBL1) 
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