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Which one of these 3 motherboards would be best?

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Asus P9x79 vs ASRock Z87 Extreme6 vs Asus Maximus VI Hero.

My processor is i7 4770k
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You can't use the first one. P9X79 is LGA2011 and you have a LGA1150 chip.

Of the other 2, the maximus should be the better board, but the Z87E6 will be plenty for the average chip with average overclocks. Question for you though, what nation are you in, what is your budget for the board, and do you require any special ports (like PCI, SAS, extra SATAs, etc.)
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Originally Posted by wolfeking View Post

You can't use the first one. P9X79 is LGA2011 and you have a LGA1150 chip.

Of the other 2, the maximus should be the better board, but the Z87E6 will be plenty for the average chip with average overclocks. Question for you though, what nation are you in, what is your budget for the board, and do you require any special ports (like PCI, SAS, extra SATAs, etc.)

Don't really know if I require anything special. I will be running it with 2 GTX 770's. My budget for motherboard, is around £160 on Amazon.co.uk

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00D41V69Q/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE - If there's any motherboard that's better, where I can have my 2x GTX 770 and i7 4770k - I will take it.
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If you are building new, then chances are you do not need anything special, unless you want to run a PS/2 keyboard & mouse together (as most boards now only have a single PS/2 port). The only real reason to need a PCI port would be for a PCI sound card, do you have a PCI sound card? Otherwise, everything is either on the board or is available in PCIe/USB versions, so would not affect board choice.

Honestly, I would take the asus if I were you. The extreme 6 is just a step or 2 down, but last gen they had some VRM issues (not enough to make a large enough difference to rule them out. Don't get me wrong, I love my Z77E4 if only because the AIsuite II flat refuses to work on XP, Vista, 7, and 8 currently for my P8P67). Actually, between the two there is only like a 20 pound difference, so go for the asus board. Unless you need brown and black for a colour schemed build.
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I'd stick with whats been proven quality over the years, and that's Asus. The digi+ caps on Asus boards run real tight voltage tolerances once LLC is set, which the Asrock just won't do.

My brother has nothing but issues with his Asrock board, will never buy again. Tried numerous BIOS versions and updates over the last year and they can't be bothered to fix them. Even with my rated DDR3-2400 RAM the Asrock board couldent do 1866 without major errors yet I can run 2400 all day in my Asus board.
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Originally Posted by Shaded War View Post

I'd stick with whats been proven quality over the years, and that's Asus. The digi+ caps on Asus boards run real tight voltage tolerances once LLC is set, which the Asrock just won't do.

My brother has nothing but issues with his Asrock board, will never buy again. Tried numerous BIOS versions and updates over the last year and they can't be bothered to fix them. Even with my rated DDR3-2400 RAM the Asrock board couldent do 1866 without major errors yet I can run 2400 all day in my Asus board.

*sorry for the derail*
Which specific ASrock board did/does he have? And which CPU? Can't tell you anything beyond 2133, as that is where ASrock locks the SB processors, but my E4 will run 2133MHz RAM (samsung 1600 OC) @ .05V less than my P8P67 WS (talking 1.65V vs 1.7V) both giving no errors with memtest ran for 12 hours.

If you have a serious ussue with th eRAM system, then you can RMA the board to ASrock and they will fix it. My experience with their support was not great, but they did act fast (I needed a BIOS chip, and it took them 4 times to get one here undamaged. Would not be that big of an issue if I did not have to pay for the chip and shipping in the first place. :/ *Again sorry for the derail*


And @OP, I am with him, get the Asus unless the ASrock has something you need that the asus doesn't, like PCI or a better colour scheme (which if you want a deification brown board, I feel sorry for you)
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