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need a recommendation on a new motherboard

#1ItchyIsVegetaPosted 6/17/2012 9:54:56 AM
Purchasing computer components tomorrow, for a new gaming comp. Need a recommendation on a motherboard. I want to run the fastest RAM possible, but I won't be overclocking. Gonna get an ivy bridge CPU. Thinking of just getting the top of the line intel board, but I have always been partial towards ASUS. Probably not gonna do dual video cards.
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#2BadProfessionalPosted 6/17/2012 11:25:55 AM
Which socket?
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#3ItchyIsVegeta(Topic Creator)Posted 6/17/2012 6:58:37 PM
I believe the ivy bridge i7s are LGA 1155
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#4ItchyIsVegeta(Topic Creator)Posted 6/17/2012 8:06:06 PM
Since I won't be going dual video cards, here are the ones I am interested in:

ASUS P8H77-V LE
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131826

Intel BOXDH77KC
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813121599

MSI Z77A-G45
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130645
(more PCI Express x1 slots)

ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131821
(more PCI Express x1 slots, 2 more PCI Express 3.0 in case I change my mind on the dual video cards, 4 x SATA 6Gb/s, and DDR3 1866 support)


Right now, I am trying to decide on the MSI board, or the ASUS SABERTOOTH board. I am more leaning towards the sabertooth, because of the DDR3 1866 support.

The P8H77-V LE is a nice low budget solution, but I worry about keeping my sound blaster so close to the video card, with the limited PCI Express x1 slots.

What do you guys think?
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#5ItchyIsVegeta(Topic Creator)Posted 6/17/2012 8:07:35 PM
I will be getting this CPU, btw:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116501

(Intel Core i7-3770K)
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#6BadProfessionalPosted 6/18/2012 7:25:48 AM
ItchyIsVegeta posted...
Right now, I am trying to decide on the MSI board, or the ASUS SABERTOOTH board. I am more leaning towards the sabertooth, because of the DDR3 1866 support.

The P8H77-V LE is a nice low budget solution, but I worry about keeping my sound blaster so close to the video card, with the limited PCI Express x1 slots.

What do you guys think?


The sound card can be installed below the graphics card so you will have little to worry about in regards to heat (though is some instances with the P8H77, you may need to put the sound card above the GPU), and sound cards are designed to compensate for the EM fields generated by bottom mounted PSUs, which are dozens of times stronger than any GPU will generate, so no worries there.

As far as which board to get, the Intel is far and away better that the P8H77 (cheaper and no slot overlap for double height GPUs) for the budget option, and the MSI would be the best option (the SABERTOOTH is charging your to look cool, as the increased memory speed won't translate to gaming as much as a lower latency will)
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#7ShubPosted 6/18/2012 7:31:46 AM
From: BadProfessional | #006
the increased memory speed won't translate to gaming as much as a lower latency will


And even lower latencies do jack **** in terms of observable performance these days.

Ivy Bridge supports up to DDR3 1600, and any Ivy Bridge motherboard supports that, so get a regular kit of DDR3 1600, 1.5V or lower, and you're all set.
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#860secondAssasinPosted 6/18/2012 7:39:59 AM
ItchyIsVegeta posted...
Since I won't be going dual video cards, here are the ones I am interested in:

ASUS P8H77-V LE
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131826

Intel BOXDH77KC
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813121599

MSI Z77A-G45
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130645
(more PCI Express x1 slots)

ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131821
(more PCI Express x1 slots, 2 more PCI Express 3.0 in case I change my mind on the dual video cards, 4 x SATA 6Gb/s, and DDR3 1866 support)


Right now, I am trying to decide on the MSI board, or the ASUS SABERTOOTH board. I am more leaning towards the sabertooth, because of the DDR3 1866 support.

The P8H77-V LE is a nice low budget solution, but I worry about keeping my sound blaster so close to the video card, with the limited PCI Express x1 slots.

What do you guys think?


one thing, all of these boards support DDR1866 speeds (oc) and 1600 by default. another thing, you have pretty much skipped around literally all of the good motherboard choices with this list (no offense). nothing here is "good" or worth getting at it's current price. no overclocking, no dual video cards, no matter. get a good board as it will help in the inevitable future when you can no longer hold onto one card and a stock cpu (otherwise you'll be upgrading sooner than later and this socket will be a dead end already) to keep up performance wise. also, having "fast" ram is useless and pointless. also you won't overclock and you're buying a 3770K? it doesn't seem like you've given much consideration to this whole thing. going by what you say you need, you ought to get a B75 or H77 and a 3770 (non-K) or even an i5 since you likely will never come across a use for hyperthreading. motherboard.
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