Choosing a motherboard.

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doggman
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I am trying to select a motherboard from the Z77 range. I have a couple boards that are in my price range but I do not know the difference between them. I plan to use crossfire technology in the future. I am planning for a gaming computer. I already know that I need a board that can support xfire and at least dual 8x PCI-E slots. Is there any other necessary features that I should consider when buying a motherboard for gaming? Is there really a big difference between each motherboard?

Here are some of the motherboards that I am considering:

- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128546&Tpk=GIGABYTE%20GA-Z77X-D3H

- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128544&Tpk=GIGABYTE%20GA-Z77X-UD3H

- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131820

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks so much,

Doggman

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Between these Gigabyte boards the UD3H is the better one.

Arent there any AsRock boards that meet your requirements?

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My first choice is The second one Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H because there's 2 pci-e 3.0 (X16-X8) and 1 2.0 (x4) and the asus one only got 1 3.0 (X16) and 2 X 2.0 (X8-X4) but the ASUS P8Z77-V got wi-fi and 8 sata (4X6gbps and 4X3gbps) Also if your going to overclock forget the GA-Z77-d3h cause it's only a 4 pin cpu connector (More stability at higher clock with a 8 pin design)

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So taking consideration of your guys advice I have selected 2 boards that are in my price range. They both support Dual 8x PCI-E slots for xfire and they also use 8-pin CPU connectors.

Out of these two boards, which one is better for gaming and overclocking?

- ASRock Extreme 4: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293

- Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128544&Tpk=GIGABYTE%20GA-Z77X-UD3H

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id'go with the gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H because the first PCI-e slot will remain x16 in crossfire unless the ASROCK that would run in dual X8 for the 2 slot in crossfire. Also the GA-Z77X-UD3H have 3 pci-e 1x and 1 4x for explansion so if you install 2 dual-slot card you'll have 2 pci-e 1x and 1 4x free... the asrock one will let you only 1 pci-e 1x and one PCI (legacy)

(PCI-e 3.0 8x is fine for today's VGA card so it's only for futureproofing)

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According to Gigabyte's website, the Z77X-UD3H will run at dual 8x speeds during xfire. Same goes with the ASRock board.

Have I misinterpreted this?

"(The PCIEX16 and PCIEX8 slots conform to PCI Express 3.0 standard.) The PCIEX8 slot shares bandwidth with the PCIEX16 slot. When the PCIEX8 slot is populated, the PCIEX16 slot will operate at up to x8 mode."

Besides that fact, is the Gigabyte board worth the extra dollars? I find that I only use PCI-E slots for graphics cards. So covering up any other PCI slots won't bother me.

But I think that I might go with the Gigabyte board purely because it supports xfire and that it fits my color scheme. :)

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Newegg is not the only vendor out there, shop around before deciding.

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That AsRock Z77 Extreme4 would be perfect for you. Go with it.