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I currently have a 2500K, Asus Maximus IV Gene-Z/Gen3 and 2x Asus GTX 670's.

At the moment the top graphics card is starved of air because the gap between them is about 3-4mm. It has got to almost 90 degrees whilst running Heaven 4.0, Tomb Raider and a few other titles and this worries me.

So I now want to buy an ATX board to widen the gap between them but I can't decide on one.

I have £150 to spend but I would like it to go with my colour scheme (Black and Red)

So far I have looked at the MSI Z77A-G45 Gaming, MSI Z77A-G65 and ASRock Fatal1ty Z77 Professional.

Also quite tempted to buy the MSI Z77-MPower and somehow make the Yellow bits Red.

Any input would be appreciated.

Thanks.
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Msi Z77A-GD 55 is still the best priced motherboard i have owned


cost me $130 brand new and i could push my cpu to 4.5 ghz before the VRM's got hot

also if you can get the GD 65 for the same price i will take the GD 65

if you can stretch your legs just grab a sabertooth or something like that
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I have a Mpower Z77 and it's the most incredible board I've ever used. I was a big time Gigabyte fan, took a chance on the Mpower, and holy ****, it's amazing. It's BIOS is easy, and straight forward, easily flashed. It loads quickly. The overclocking options are wonderful. Personally it looks beautiful to me as well. I'm currently ordering some Corsair SP/AF fans and am going to paint the ring yellow to match.

I would recommend it if you're looking at it.

Also, you can pry the yellow highlight facades off the heatsinks and turn the board black/gunmental colour scheme if you really want either a black, red, or blue build.
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Thanks guys. Just bought the Z77A-GD65 Gaming for £113 brand new. I'll let you know what I think of it when it gets here.
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120GB Samsung 750 EVO 500GB Samsung 750 EVO Corsair Hydro Series H100i V2 6x 20mm EK Vardar F4-120ER Cooling Fans in Black 
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Thermaltake Commander FP Windows 10 Pro 64-bit QPAD MK-90 RGB Pro 850W EVGA Supernova P2 with EVGA Black Braided ... 
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