Best Z77 Board for 2600k atx or M-atx

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Best Z77 Board for 2600k atx or M-atx

Postposted on Fri Jul 27, 2012 8:08 am

OK fellas, here's the input i am hoping to get from you all:)
I am looking for a atx or m-atx SLI and crossfire 8x8 motherboard to hold my 2600k and overclock it like a champ.
I am also looking for 1st hand use of people who used a sandy bridge k chip in a z77 board.
I have about 170$ to spend on the motherboard
Like i said i i am hoping to find someone who used a 2500-2600k in a z77 board....well off to the beach house for the weekend thanks!!

The board it currently is residing in is a gigabyte p67-ud4-b3 with the f6 bios with SLI 560tis. Besides wanting a z77 board for future proofing. The GB board i am using has no clear cmos button and when i overclock the old style bios, if a overclock locks up for whatever reason it will go into a rebooting loop that is well documented but never really seems to get completely fixed with new bios's,you have to jump the clear cmos button with a screwdriver and sometimes even remove the battery also.....lets just say i do not mess with my overclocks as much as i would like to since any lockup will make it reboot over and over until i clear the cmos "very anoying" and the main reason i have not found the sweet spot for my 2600k. My 2600k has never touched 65c loaded. In the summer i have a window air conditioner that blows into the case keeping it really cold, in the winter it gets really cold air from outside so teamed up with my h50-60 asetek water cooler imitation with push pull fans it never gets hot. Plus i never ran the voltage higher then 1.39v. so i am not worried that the chip is degraded along with i am not a heavy gamer at all at most since april of last year i might have gamed a hour a week over all that time.
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Re: Best Z77 Board for 2600k atx or M-atx

Postposted on Fri Jul 27, 2012 11:49 am

Although I don't own such a config I recommend you to take some time with this reading:

http://www.anandtech.com/show/6108/gigabyte-gaz77xud5h-review-functionality-meets-competitive-pricing

You'll certainly be satisfied with this one :wink:
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Re: Best Z77 Board for 2600k atx or M-atx

Postposted on Fri Jul 27, 2012 12:54 pm

ASUS is top notch in all areas including fan controls and included software. You really can't go wrong with them, but their price is also the highest. I am a new fan of ASRock, have a look at this comparison of mATX and ATX boards toward the top of your price range and a couple cheaper offerings. ASRock has an excellent Price/Performance/Features ratio in all their products. If you're looking for tip-top features and controls and arent afraid of paying a little more...ASUS, if you want something that gives more tangible value, skip MSI and Gigabyte and go ASRock. ASRock's value advantage really only shows through when you back down to or below the two cheaper models I linked though. Their higher end boards dont exactly shine on any given front, but are instead average across all metrics.
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Re: Best Z77 Board for 2600k atx or M-atx

Postposted on Sat Jul 28, 2012 1:26 am

Those seem like good suggestions to me. I have the Asus P8Z77-M Pro.
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