Do motherboards matter? (newbie not looking to over clock or anything) (Help!!)

Hello there, I'm looking to build my own PC and I'm wondering if motherboards matter to the overall performance.

I know I need to get a compatible mobo to my processor choice (ie a 1155 socket mobo), so I have two in mind, one is half as cheap.

I will have 8gb ram, maybe upgraded to 16 later, but won't ever need 32gb ram which the £85 mobo offers. I'm also not looking to overclock. What are the pros and cons of each?

Here are the two I'm choosing.

Asus P8Z77-V LX Motherboard - £85

Asus P8B75-M LX Motherboard - £51

I've noticed that the £85 one has a HDMI cable slot, I'm not bothered about connecting it to a TV or anything. I also don't think I'll want to connect 2 graphic cards in the near future.

I am wondering, will the AMD HD 9000 series cards need new motherboards, or will these be compatible?
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    The P8B75-M LX is a great motherboard, but is microATX and only has two memory slots so if you get that you would have to totally replace your memory to go from 8 to 16GB, although 8GB is really plenty. The HD9000 will work in either.
  2. They will be compatible, for your case it probably does not matter. And btw, they are called the R-200 series now.
  3. The ASUS P8Z77-V LK is the same price ($115) as the P8Z77-V LX, at least on this side of the pond, the main difference being that the LK can do SLI / CF

    The LK is aboard I have used many times in budget based systems .... only odd issue was CPU LED being on for a GFX card failure. As much as I like the board, with 1155 being a dead socket, I'm buying only 1150 socket boards for new builds today

    The budget board I had been using to date was the ASUS Z87-A ($140) but with the MSI Z87 now at the same $140 price, it has a better feature set, 22 Motherboard awards, better performance, better user feedback and MIL Spec components.

    As for your questions "do mother boards matter ?" ..... Id say so.... kinda like cars....they both get you to work each day, but some have better performance (acceleration / braking), better efficiency (mpg), better features (AC, sound, traction control) than others. More and better BIOS features, better overclocking performance, better / more robust components, number of clots, slot spacing, number of fan headers, type of fan headers, type of LAN, sound etc all may have an effect on which you choose.
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