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Old April 22, 2012, 04:45 PM
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planning on building a new PC when ivy bridge comes out for mostly gaming!

Gona go with 2 aftermarket air cooled gtx 680s and the higher end i5 (successor to the 2500k)

what I'm wondering is which one of these two mobos i should go for:

Fatal1ty Z77 Professional

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SABERTOOTH Z77

they are more or less the same price (the asrock is about 30$ cheaper than the asus). oh and the case will be either an FT02 or an RV02!
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Old April 22, 2012, 05:16 PM
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I've personally never been a fan of anything with the Fatal1ty branding while the Sabertooth on the other hand looks amazing. I can't comment on performance. I'd go for the sabertooth purely for the looks (I cant imagine that the performance between the two varies much).
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Old April 23, 2012, 12:28 AM
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I'd go for the P8Z77-V. It has wireless while the Sabertooth doesn't. DDR3 operates up to 2600hz while the Sabertooth's limit is at 1866hz and $40 more expensive. Better value imo but Sabertooth's a looker.
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Old April 23, 2012, 12:56 AM
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As Luay said - if you're after a bang per buck than the P8Z77 is your way to go. But out of these two, I'd get the Sabertooth with a heartbeat. Heard only good things about it's earlier P67 version.
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Old April 24, 2012, 12:05 AM
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Done a bit more reading as I'm considering building a Z77 gaming rig. The motherboards mentioned earlier have the realtek 892 audio chip which is a bit dated, but that won't matter if you intend on installing a sound card. At your budget I found the Gigabyte UD5H a better deal.
So considering the following:
1) Brand (Asus, Gigabyte, Asrock) because they are always top performers in overclocking and efficiency.
2) Audio chip (Realtek 898) for those not interested in sound cards.
3) 8x8 3.0 PCI-E lanes (only one 16x16 PCI-E 3.0 motherboard available, the WS Rev)
4) LAN capabilities (Single, dual, wireless etc.)

These were the most impressive (gaming):
Budget: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 $145 (Single LAN and no bluetooth, fewer USB 3.0 ports and 5 audio ports compared to the other two's 6)
Mid-end: GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H-WB $239 (Dual lan, wireless, DDR3 overclock limit to 2400. display port)
or GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H $199 Single LAN, no wireless, otherwise identical to UD5H-WB
High-end: ASUS P8Z77-V DELUXE $284 (Dual Wireless lan, display port, PCI-E 2.0 inc., SSD Caching)

They've been sharp and steady for two years now. They know exactly what matters and at what price, and the reviews are good. I think it's time to give Asrock a try.
Newegg.com - ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H-WB LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Newegg.com - ASUS P8Z77-V DELUXE LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

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Old April 24, 2012, 02:01 AM
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thx all!

@Luay79 no i don't have a dedicated sound card but that rly doesnt matter to me as im pretty much deaf to sound quality (almost always use my cheapo earbuds over my 200$ headset mainly for comfort reasons and that i don't rly care that much for the extra quality)

however, after seeing some early overclocking benchmarks of the 3770k and the even more disappointing 3570k, i'm having second thoughts about going ivy and might as well just get a 3820 and call it a day!

Edit:

I'm now tempted to zero in on i7 3820 @ 250$ + P9X79 @ 250$...only thing I'm trying to figure out is what kind of cooling i need for 5ghz OC as a rule of thumb?

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