H77 or Z77

Hi

I am looking to get a i5 3470 cpu
but can not decide which mother board to pick since there are so many options on the market

Now I am aiming to these two board both around $100 dollars range
MSI Z77A-G45 ATX or ASUS P8H77-V

bese on the quality which one will be a better choice or is there other better option

My friend is recommand me the Asrock Extreme 4
but I read some review say it has some usb issue

I might plan to add a Asus Xonar Dx as my sound card later

please help me out
Thanks
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  1. The H77 is for a all around home user and the Z77 is for the more enthusiast and high-end gamer. The 3 top brands I've had the best luck with are Gigabyte, Asus, and MSI. I own a MSI G65 motherboard and it runs great, the bios took a little getting used to. I built 2 machines recently using the GIGABYTE GA-Z77M-D3H-MVP, and they are doing well. Decide how much you want to spend and the features you want then check the models match want you want on several sites. See what the feedback is like, if you see a bad pattern avoid the board. Since this is for you I'd pick the Z77 model get the most advanced you can afford when your upgrading, also Microcenter was selling the i5-3570K for $169.99 if that is in your budget you may consider it.
  2. Thanks for you reply

    but I live in Canada and the cheapest 3570k I can find is $219
    $169 does sound like a steal

    but I read both the review
    I can only tell is Msi board does not have any pci input,,only the pci express X1 type

    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130645
    also quite a few review say it dead after a month
    I am not sure it is just one particular or the board has bad quality


    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131834
  3. This one is a good board for your cpu : http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157302&Tpk=h77%20mvp

    It has the best onboard audio, 4 sata III and 4 sata II, crossfire support, lucid virtu mvp, all the features you'll need.
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