Posted 23 January 2013 - 00:00
I have been saying/wanting to start my new build for a while now and am actually starting to seriously consider parts. When I first started thinking about the new build (probably 1-2 years ago), I got into my head I was going to get the EVGA FTW Z77 board. However, after recent research, I am currently considering the "ASRock Z77 Extreme6 Intel Z77".
Firstly, does anyone out there have any opinion, good or bad, on ASRock boards (If anyone owns this particular board then please speak up!)? I have done a bit of Googling and was getting very mixed results so thought I would turn to the Neowin community as I value the opinions of the members here.
My reasons this board is my current choice are its looks; although the heatsinks may not be to everyones taste, the colour scheme of the board is nice and sits well with the colour scheme I hope to run with (Black/White monochrome etc). Its feature set; seems to be more feature packed than the EVGA one (I only compare to the EVGA board as it was my original first choice). More internal/external IOs etc. Also read its very good for overclocking. It is considerably cheaper than the EVGA, and slightly cheaper than any other board of a similar spec for that matter.
This decision isn't necessarily set in stone. I am open to suggestions for other boards. I am basically after mid-higher range board for as cheap as possible. I read the ASRock boards are the best "bang for buck" you will get, however I don't want to massively sacrifice reliability (Obviously I will have to some extent, hence the cheaper price).