cegras wrote:I'm no electrical engineer, but I'm concerned about the quality of the CPU VRM. I notice that asrock still uses the cheapest stuff, while intel has driver mosfets and gigabyte is somewhere in between.
I got an email from newegg. With a promo code, this motherboard:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6813131833
Gets an additional $10 off, bringing it down to the 149.99, which is the price of a ATX Z77 'LK' mobo that TR recommends. This seems to seal the deal for me ..?
cegras wrote:Probably will not overclock, since from all the reviews I've read the i3-2120 is quite close to the CPU plateau, so I'm not especially compelled to buy up into ivy bridge. I am more concerned with getting a robust motherboard, and am not sure if it's ok to cheap out a bit. The i3 has a 65 W TDP.
Edit: plateau for gaming, anyways.
cegras wrote:You are correct in that sense, that there doesn't seem to be any point in robustness if the CPU draws so little power. I'll probably take that into consideration to save enough money for a few lunches. It's so easy to creep upwards!
I haven't had any complaints about the P8Z77-M Pro, except for those relating to the included SATA cables. There's also the thought that if you were close to a Micro Center, you could get the ASRock Z77 Pro4-M and the Core i5-3570K together for $250+tax.cegras wrote:This motherboard (Asus P8Z77-M Pro) for 149.99 seems to seal the deal for me ..?
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