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Windows 7: Thoughts on the AS Rock Z77 Professional Motherboard


20 May 2012   #1

Windows 7, 64 bit Home SP1, Win 8.1.1 Pro 64 bit
 
 
Thoughts on the AS Rock Z77 Professional Motherboard

I'm in the early stages of looking around for new hardware to build a new desktop PC, for general use and for audio recording (using Sonar X1).

One that has good reviews at newegg.com is the subject M/B. I'm at a disadvantage for building my own. My only other "home built" is the one I'm using now - an Intel DP35DP M/B and a Q6600 CPU. Everything else I've had has been factory built, even though I've been a computer tech for many years.

I'll be going with an i7 CPU and probably the i7 3770K.

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20 May 2012   #2

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Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 X64 (Windows 8.1, Linux Mint, Windows XP and others in VM)
 
 

I can't speak for the Z77 Professional. But, I have an Asrock P67 Extreme 4 and have built with a Z68 professional. All have worked well. I don't know if this is any help or not, but the best I can do.
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21 May 2012   #3

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Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

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21 May 2012   #4

Windows 7, 64 bit Home SP1, Win 8.1.1 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Anandtech isn't thrilled with the board. That's one opinion. I'm not set on this board, just looking for comments. Other Z77 chipset boards will be considered before I lay down the $$. I'm not looking for a "gaming" board, although some do have other features that could be useful. My main appliction will be for audio recording.

My current system is using an Intel board (Foxconn) and Intel will also be considered.
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21 May 2012   #5

Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon | Win 7 Ult x64
 
 

I was going to buy the ASROCK Extreme4 when I get a few $$ together, because it has the better audio chip, then realising that I use a creative fataility soundcard, I didn't need to worry about the extreme4, the PRo4 would do everything the extreme 4 would do.

The extreme 4 has the better audio chip, other than that it has a few extra usb ports than the pro4, but from the reviews I've read both are reasonably good boards.

Most of the ASROCK boards are quite similar from the reasearch I've done. They all handle 2800+ OC Ram, 32gb, and from the reviews I've seen, up to the task for gaming and encoding. The pro4 and extreme4 both support the 'K' unlocked CPUs too.

I have a question though - I haven't bought mine yet. Have to go for the extreme4 because none of my local resellers are stocking the pro4. But, I'm curious as to whether disabling the onboard graphics free up any appropriated memory the board takes when using the onbvoard graphics versus a discrete card.

The extreme4 here is $149 AUD.
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23 May 2012   #6

Windows 7, 64 bit Home SP1, Win 8.1.1 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Well, after having some issues with my current system and Sonar X1 I decided it was time. I ordered the AS Rock Z77 Pro M/B and an i7 3770, along with an OCZ SSD and GSkill Ripsaw memory.

Most of the parts will be coming from newegg and a couple from Amazon. Wish me luck in getting it working.
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23 May 2012   #7

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

That should work well, Fireberd.

Good idea on the SSD.

Build with just the SSD installed. Will you be using Win 7?

After it's running, consider these steps to reduce space used on SSD:

Shut off hibernation with powercfg -h off command

Reduce disk space allotted to System Restore

Reduce page file to maybe 1 or 2 GB and possibly move it to another drive.
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23 May 2012   #8

Windows 7, 64 bit Home SP1, Win 8.1.1 Pro 64 bit
 
 

I'll be using Win 7 64 bit. I don't use hibernation now on my system as I have it set for "High Performance" and several other tweaks for a recording system. I have a 1TB (7200 rpm) drive that I'll be using in conjunction with the SSD and just the OS and major programs will be on the SSD.

Along with the hardware listed, I ordered a Corsair Carbide 500R case. I have an XFX 750 watt modular power supply to use in the system.

I'll see how the stock Intel cooler works. I may add liquid cooler later if needed.
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23 May 2012   #9

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fireberd View Post
I'll be using Win 7 64 bit. I don't use hibernation now on my system as I have it set for "High Performance" and several other tweaks for a recording system. I have a 1TB (7200 rpm) drive that I'll be using in conjunction with the SSD and just the OS and major programs will be on the SSD.

Along with the hardware listed, I ordered a Corsair Carbide 500R case. I have an XFX 750 watt modular power supply to use in the system.

I'll see how the stock Intel cooler works. I may add liquid cooler later if needed.


Will all of this be a Day setup or Emmons setup?
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23 May 2012   #10

Windows 7, 64 bit Home SP1, Win 8.1.1 Pro 64 bit
 
 

An Emmons, of course

To be truthful, if I had it to do over I would have started with the Day setup on my steel. But, after 53 years, I ain't changing now.
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