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New budget gaming build - suggestions on a mobo in particular

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February 15, 2014 2:21:30 PM

Hi all,

Below is my build based around my budget but i'm looking for the right motherboard for the i5-3470 to sit on. I won't be OC'ing / SLI etc. All the other parts i think i'm ok with although still not sure about the PSU.

I'm torn between the following motherboards although happy to take more suggestions if i'm not on the right track. The ones i was looking at are:

AS Rock H77M @ £54.65
ASRock H77 Pro4-M £59.50
Gigabyte GA-H77M-D3H @ £69.72 (without the "M" @ £68.98)

That said, is there anything wrong with going down to a B75 model? I'm not sure of the basic differences between a H77 and a B75 and what i need to get the best out of the i5-3470. I don't see any differences between the above so don't really know if i'm on the right tracks...?

I get that the Z's are for OC'ing but there is a ASRock Z77 Pro4-M @ £60.93 and a GA-Z77-DS3H @ £68.49 if these provide any extra benefit...?

I'd rather stick with ASRock or Gigabyte if anyone has any other suggestions.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (£134.39 @ Aria PC)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£64.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£63.98 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£43.90 @ CCL Computers)
Case: Zalman Z9 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case (£44.99 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply (£46.27 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£11.83 @ CCL Computers)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) (£81.05 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £491.40
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-15 22:17 GMT+0000)

Thanks for looking.

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February 15, 2014 9:56:20 PM

I'd get the AsRock Z77 Pro4-M since I personally love ASUS products
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February 16, 2014 12:58:21 AM

sora said:
I'd get the AsRock Z77 Pro4-M since I personally love ASUS products


sora, am I being daft here? You mention an ASR board and then Asus?
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February 16, 2014 5:33:56 AM

Originally, AsRock was a subdivision of Asus, they handled Asus' budget motherboards. AsRock has since parted ways with (spun off from) Asus and have become a reputable motherboard manufacturer.
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