Opinion needed for new rig build

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by deltatux, Apr 19, 2012.

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Which motherboard?

Poll closed Jun 18, 2012.
  1. Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H

    10 vote(s)
    38.5%
  2. ASUS P8Z77-V

    11 vote(s)
    42.3%
  3. ASRock Extreme4 Z77

    5 vote(s)
    19.2%
  1. deltatux

    deltatux Ancient Guru

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    Naw, still over budget.

    I just slimmed down the choices to 3. After recalculating my cost to build, the ASUS P8Z77-V is the most I'm willing to spend on a board at $209.99 as I'm also accounting for sales tax.

    EDIT: The ASUS board is $20 more expensive and the ASRock board is $60 more expensive in Canada ... which is bullsh*t since the Canadian Dollar is higher right now...

    deltatux
     
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  2. Agent-A01

    Agent-A01 Ancient Guru

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    no, but its close to USD. CAD is .02 less than USD has to be another reason it costs more.
    that asrock should be 227CAD
     
  3. deltatux

    deltatux Ancient Guru

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    It's about $289.99 here.

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  4. deltatux

    deltatux Ancient Guru

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    After deep thoughts and countless hours of consultation with people on and offline, I've finally pegged down the final pieces of the rig design. I also went ahead and ordered the parts:

    [​IMG]

    Now to wait for the Intel Core i5 3570K to be in stock...

    Thanks for all your input and support.

    Cheers,
    deltatux
     

  5. scheherazade

    scheherazade Ancient Guru

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    +1 for UD5

    It just had the best expansion slot layout remaining, after removing 2 slots for a dual-width video card.



    asus loses :
    top slot = 1x pci-e is occluded
    bottom slot = nothing occluded, but mobo headers are slightly blocked

    asrock loses :
    top slot = nothing (since it has a gap)
    mid slot = pci is occluded

    ud5 loses :
    top slot = 1x pci-e is occluded
    mid slot = pci occluded
    bottom slot = nothing occluded, but mobo headers are HELLA blocked



    That said, the UD5 retains the most slot variety AFTER a card is mounted.


    But if you were going with the P8Z77 PREMIUM, than I'd choose that over all the others...



    edit
    My bad, too late.

    At least we agree :D

    -scheherazade
     
  6. deltatux

    deltatux Ancient Guru

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    After a long cross country trek from Calgary, Alberta, Canada to Toronto, the first batch of my order came in this afternoon:
    [​IMG]

    Now all I'm waiting for is my Intel Core i5 3570K, Arctic Silver 5 12g tube and my USB 3.0 backplate which is from another retailer.

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  7. Agent-A01

    Agent-A01 Ancient Guru

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    Why AS5? ancient stuff now
     
  8. deltatux

    deltatux Ancient Guru

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    It works great, I saw no need to change. It's cheaper than the Arctic Cooling MX-4. Plus, the MX-4 doesn't work so well.

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