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#1 BoDEAN

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Posted 03 January 2014 - 01:41

Seems my Asus P8Z68 MB is coming to the end of it's life (has issues booting up , so Im leaving my pc on 24/7)

 

What would be a good upgrade for me?  My Processor is Intel Core i7 2600K.

 

Would another Asus board, but a Z87 board with a new i7 K processor be worthy upgrade?

 



Best Answer +PeterUK , 04 January 2014 - 19:40

The ASUS P8Z77-V LK or GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-D3H are what I would suggest looking at.

 

Just a note about the i7 – 2600K it will only support PCI-e 2.0 not 3.0 not really a big problem but if the replacement board works out to solve your booting up issue then it would still work out ok.

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Posted 03 January 2014 - 01:46

I wouldn't waste the money on a new CPU,  the 2600k is still a very good chip.  You can get a Z77 MB and use your 2600k in that.  Use the money you save on the new CPU for an SSD or a new video card if you need it.



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Posted 03 January 2014 - 01:55

I had a very similar configuration before I upgraded from a i7-2600 to a i7-4770k and an ASUS Sabertooth Z87. To be quite honest, I would stick with the processor you have and get a new motherboard.



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Posted 03 January 2014 - 02:01

Agreed with the new motherboard. If it's performing well, just grab a Gigabyte 7-series board and enjoy. (Y)



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Posted 03 January 2014 - 02:10

Have a Asus myself and i couldn't be more happier with it so i would recommend it.



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Posted 03 January 2014 - 02:46

Have a Asus myself and i couldn't be more happier with it so i would recommend it.

Agreed with the previous posters - and the ASUS mobo in particular I would recommend is the ASUS Z77-A (basically, the successor to the P8Z77V-LX and P8Z77-LK).

 

http://www.asus.com/...herboards/Z77A/



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Posted 03 January 2014 - 03:06

Agreed with the previous posters - and the ASUS mobo in particular I would recommend is the ASUS Z77-A (basically, the successor to the P8Z77V-LX and P8Z77-LK).

 

http://www.asus.com/...herboards/Z77A/

That MB handle my processor?



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Posted 03 January 2014 - 04:34

Your motherboard might still be under warranty.

 

"Limited warranty 36 months for parts and 36 months for labor."



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Posted 03 January 2014 - 13:01

Seems my Asus P8Z68 MB is coming to the end of it's life (has issues booting up , so Im leaving my pc on 24/7)

 

Depends on where in the boot up the problem is happening as in when it gets to load the OS for your SSD or HDD? Have you added any hardware recently when the issues started? Is the firmware upto data?

 

Agreed with the previous posters - and the ASUS mobo in particular I would recommend is the ASUS Z77-A (basically, the successor to the P8Z77V-LX and P8Z77-LK).

 

http://www.asus.com/...herboards/Z77A/

 

I wouldn’t say the Z77-A is the successor to the P8Z77-V LK maybe the P8Z77-V LX.

 

That MB handle my processor?

 

Any good Z77 MB will support your i7 2600K.



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Posted 03 January 2014 - 18:57

Thanks Ill look to see what a good Z77 mb is for overclocking then.



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Posted 04 January 2014 - 15:46

Asus Z77-A or Gigabyte GA-Z77 are what I'm narrowed down to.

 

Although not many reviews for the Z77-A on newegg



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Posted 04 January 2014 - 19:40   Best Answer

The ASUS P8Z77-V LK or GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-D3H are what I would suggest looking at.

 

Just a note about the i7 – 2600K it will only support PCI-e 2.0 not 3.0 not really a big problem but if the replacement board works out to solve your booting up issue then it would still work out ok.



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Posted 05 January 2014 - 00:55

 

The ASUS P8Z77-V LK or GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-D3H are what I would suggest looking at.

 

Just a note about the i7 – 2600K it will only support PCI-e 2.0 not 3.0 not really a big problem but if the replacement board works out to solve your booting up issue then it would still work out ok.

 

Wow, two new options here. Will have to read up on which one to pick out of these 2.  Had Gigabyte way back in the day.  From what I remember, they don't offer bios updates as often as ASUS does



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Posted 05 January 2014 - 07:50

Just going to note here that PCIe 3.0 is of no consequence. The performance differences are close to nil in real-world usage because GPUs weren't hitting the bandwidth limits of the PCIe 2.0 in the first place.



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Posted 05 January 2014 - 07:55

Had Gigabyte way back in the day.  From what I remember, they don't offer bios updates as often as ASUS does

Gigabyte is my preferred pick, but ASUS still very good.

 

You can get Gigabyte bios updates frequently still, there is a forum section dedicated to it online - and indeed very useful.