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Windows 7: Best motherboard for gamer who doesn't overclock?

08 Jul 2012   #21
AndarielHalo

 
 

I know you recommend a 2500k, but I still feel like getting a i7 with hyperthreading and whatevs. Do you still recommend a Z77 board? If so, which in particular? As in, Z77 LX, V, Deluxe, M Pro, M?


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08 Jul 2012   #22
Kipper

 

I just finished putting together the P8Z77 Deluxe board with the 3770K on it; I am writing a review of this board for ASUS US right now. I currently have a 16GB kit of 2133MHz on it. ASUS is sending me a pair of HD7970s to mount on it for testing but right now I have a single HD7850 on it which is an OK card but I prefer the ASUS GTX560Ti 448 core card myself.
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08 Jul 2012   #23
linnemeyerhere

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08 Jul 2012   #24
kpo6969

 
 

3570K + Asrock Extreme4
bang for the buck
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08 Jul 2012   #25
Kipper

 

Yep, the ASRock Extreme4 is a darn good board also. The MSI boards do have quality components but their BIOS tends to be buggy then then again they are on their 2nd generation of the EUFI where ASUS on their 8th generation now.
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08 Jul 2012   #26
AndarielHalo

 
 

Amazon.com: ASRock DDR3 2400 Intel - LGA 1155 Motherboards (Z77 EXTREME4-M): Computers & Accessories


This one? Is it better than or equal to this one?

Amazon.com: ASUS P8Z77-V LX Intel Z77 ATX DDR3 2400 LGA 1155 Motherboard: Computers & Accessories



Also related question: Are motherboards physically secure and stable enough to be delivered without the risk of DOA? Related: are CPU's physically secure and stable enough?
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08 Jul 2012   #27
smarteyeball

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AndarielHalo View Post


So being that I basically want a computer twice as fast as my ass,
That's hard to quantify - do you have benchmarks for the speed of your ass?




Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AndarielHalo View Post
Also related question: Are motherboards physically secure and stable enough to be delivered without the risk of DOA? Related: are CPU's physically secure and stable enough?
There's always a risk of DOA with mobos. Even if it's bought from a store. Cpu's - no problems.

Instead of focusing on a boards OC potential, focus on the extra features that some of the higher tier boards have. All boards will overclock. Some are simply more geared towards it.

ie Do you ever plan on running dual GPU's?

(Some of the cheaper versions will only give you x4 if you add a second card)

Both of those board will suit you well if you never plan on adding a second card. (On paper the asrock gets the nod)

But if you do, The asrock will let you run two cards at x8/x8 but the Asus will be limited to x8/x4 which will hurt performance. it also appears to be limited to AMD crossfire - no nvidia SLI if you ever swap over to nvidia.



Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kipper View Post
I just finished putting together the P8Z68 Deluxe board with the 3770K on it; I am writing a review of this board for ASUS US right now. I currently have a 16GB kit of 2133MHz on it.
The Asus P8Z68 Deluxe gen3 (same board in my specs?) If so I can save you a bit of trouble - it runs like a scalded rat
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09 Jul 2012   #28
dwarfer66

 

I have just upgraded to a Gigabyte Z77MX-D3H (I dont really plan on overclocking either) it was $139AU, about the same in $US, and the CPU is a i5-3570k. That board does me fine. Check it out GIGABYTE - Motherboard - Socket 1155 - GA-Z77MX-D3H (rev. 1.0). It is a Nvidia SLI board as well, I will be running 2x GTX 560.
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09 Jul 2012   #29
Zepher

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[QUOTE=Kipper;1997276]
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Personally, if I was just building a gaming machine,
I'd get a 3570K, Z77 Mobo, HD7950, 8GB of ram.[/QUOTE


Yes, that would be a really nice gaming machine but it looks like the OP is trying to keep the price down the best way possible and still have a decent gamer.
The processor is $10 more than a 2500k. Z77 boards are similarly priced to the others.
The video card is the most expensive part, which is up to the op to choose from.
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09 Jul 2012   #30
Kipper

 

Wooops, sorry smarty

I meant the P8Z77 Deluxe, that's what I just received from ASUS and finished setting except for the new cards.

But you are so right on about the P8Z68 Deluxe Gen 3; one hell of a performer for sure.

To Andarie

If you go with the 3770K then I suggest you go with the Z77 board; several worthwhile goodies that come with the Z77 chipset.
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