- Cheaper (but still excellent) motherboard
- 8gb ram is plenty enough for gaming, 16gb is more for heavy programming and stuff
- Excellent quality PSU (made by seasonic!) that is more than enough for your rig
You may be able to save more with a different case & fan controller but I've left those alone
Is this motherboard support overclocking and 5th gen?
What about this feature on Gigabyte" SATA Express support for 10 Gb/s data transfer?" Is it important?
All z97 boards support both haswell refresh and the upcoming broadwell, and are overclockable. If all you want is 5th gen support and good OC features you can do that with $100-$150 board tbh
Sata express is basically PCIe, the maximus hero offers m.2 as an alternative (it's arguably a superior alternative to S-E). Neither are necessary on a motherboard that has spare pcie lanes. The biggest difference between the boards is that the gigabyte is capable of 4-way SLI (crossfire), and 2-way is plenty for virtually any setup (including triple monitor).