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Hello people!,

I finally came to the conclusion that my motherboard atm is busted (audio part) and I need a new motherboard.
Does anyone have a good suggestion? My maximum budget is €170. Just go with the ATX size and support for Crossfire, SLI or just crossfire, you pick.

Also has to have as many PCI slots as my motherboard has right now.
Z77 chipset and maybe some cool features. A friend got the MPOWER Big Bang from MSI and it is slick but I would like to see some other suggestions. Maybe if possible blue parts on it as I have a lot of blue :d
 

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Can't you just buy a sound card? Or are you worried that mb is going to completely die?
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Any warranty?

It's not worth buying a new board for audio alone since the integrated codecs are mediocre.

Blue boards - MSI Z77A-GD55, GD65. Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H, UD5H. Asus P8Z77-V and V-Pro.

Little less blue UD4H, UP4.
 

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I'm deciding between the MSI Z77A-GD65 or ASUS P8Z77-V PRO. Which should I take?

Just so people know, It's a big story about my issue. Simple said: Even with a soundcard the hum goes trough the entire PC. etc so yeah I just need a new motherboard.
 

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I'm deciding between the MSI Z77A-GD65 or ASUS P8Z77-V PRO. Which should I take?

Just so people know, It's a big story about my issue. Simple said: Even with a soundcard the hum goes trough the entire PC. etc so yeah I just need a new motherboard.
Out of the two - the GD65, however you could go with a Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H or UD5H which are better boards.
 

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GD65 doesn't support offset overclocking. Pro has worse audio codec, but in either case you're probably going to use Xonar DG...

What kind of hum? Noise interference or some kind of coil whine? New board won't necessary fix noise problem... Did you try to use that system out of case?

UPDATE: Just went over your noise problem thread. Did you try back panel microphone jack? I have dealt with 4 CM cases. Guess what? All of their front panels have grounding issues thus causing some noise...

UPDATE 2: Looks like you've also tried a difference case, but from info in that thread I am still not sure whether you've tried I/O jack or not...

UPDATE 3: It's a really weird issue you have
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. Before you buy another Asus board, you should know that they use exactly the same ALC892 on V and V Pro as on your board. It has low snr rating for audio recording.
 

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get the gigabyte not the asus, the only descent asus boards are the ROG boards, and their pretty pricey
 

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He speaks the truth, why the hell my BIOS always resets is beyond me. It seems ok for now but wait till it doesn't detect my monitor right away, it interprets that as a failed overclock and resets everything! STUPIDDDDDD
 

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Does that MSI GD65 also have Wi-Fi on the motherboard? My friend who got the MPower Big Bang has this feature and I do like the feature a lot. But it isn't something I need.

I tried all plug-ins for my audio. Back, Front, On-board attempt, soundcard etc and still get it.
For those who would like to hear it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFYZAavnLtA

Do know I don't want to explain the big story again
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it's about a motherboard now.
 

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GD65 doesn't have WiFi, but you can buy a WiFi module separately.

Did you test your friend's PC at your house or his? What if it's some surrounding noise that your ears can't pick up, but microphone does and amplifies it?
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I guess, you'll never know until you buy a different board anyway... It kind of sounds like fan noise.
 

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GD65 doesn't have WiFi, but you can buy a WiFi module separately.

Did you test your friend's PC at your house or his? What if it's some surrounding noise that your ears can't pick up, but microphone does and amplifies it?
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I guess, you'll never know until you buy a different board anyway... It kind of sounds like fan noise.
Already tried at a friends house. Same issue. I also tested it without fans.
Plugging my brother his PC on my room and testing the headset on his PC gives me no issue. Plugging back my PC and I get it. Plug my PC on my brother his room and I also have it while his PC doesn't.
 

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Little question. Does that MSI GD65 also have PCI? Because my soundcard goes into there. And the PCIe have a different position then PCI?

PCI is closer ro the left side then PCIe
 

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None of the MSI boards have PCI as far as I can remember. PCI is dead. Any LGA1155 uses PCI-E x1 to PCI bridge for PCI support.
 

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Nope. If you bought that audio card within a year, you did a mistake. Don't invest in PCI. It's been dead for years...

2011 still has native support for PCI, but I don't think that Intel will support it anymore in the future.
 

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Consider the ASRock Z77 Extreme6.
I have it and it's great. The thing that sold me about it is the ability to run my PCIe 3.0 video cards in 3.0 x8, while having other PCI peripherals running on 2.0 without hogging any lanes from my cards. Plus it has a mini-PCI/SATA for a wifi/bluetooth/SSD card.
It's also the only ASRock Z77 Extreme board with decent quality VRMs
 

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Ah I see.

How does that MSI board perform in sound? Is is amazing quality? Comparing it to a dedicated sound card ofc
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You're asking if onboard sound has amazing quality?
 

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You're asking if onboard sound has amazing quality?
Kinda yeah
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Also does my CPU also support z77 chipset? My friend who has the Mpower says it's worthless to get a z77 mobo with a sandy bridge. As SB supported P68?
 

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ALC898 has decent SNR for both playback and recording. As far as I remember DG's DAC has worse specs, BUT problem is static. Dedicated cards have far less static, and they usually sound richer for whatever reason.

With Z77 + SB you can still use native USB 3.0 and Virtu MVP.
 
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