What motherboard for a gaming computer?

Hi, I've posted about which CPU will be best for gaming the FX 4170 or an i5 3450. The Intel seems to be the better option but that leaves me thinking what motherboard i should choose and will a particular type of motherboard effect how well my games will play. I have no plan to overclock as i have no knowledge of it, so if possible i would like to hear peoples opinion on what i should go for. The budget for the build is around £700 but i can go over if i need to.

-JNB
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  1. The chipset on the motherboard is really your determining factor as far as gaming ability from the motherboard itself. The Z77 chipset compliments the Ivy Bridge processor nicely. Without the desire to overclock I would go with something like this one
    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/gigabyte-ga-z77-d3h-intel-z77-s-1155-ddr3-sata-iii-6gb-s-sata-raid-pcie-30-d-sub-dvi-d-hdmi-atx#ProductFeatures
    Good price, good features
  2. I see no reason to get a Z77 motherboard if your not overclocking or running multiple gpu's.

    Even a $55 H61 will perform just as well in gaming with the same gpu and cpu.
  3. C12Friedman said:
    The chipset on the motherboard is really your determining factor as far as gaming ability from the motherboard itself. The Z77 chipset compliments the Ivy Bridge processor nicely. Without the desire to overclock I would go with something like this one
    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/gigabyte-ga-z77-d3h-intel-z77-s-1155-ddr3-sata-iii-6gb-s-sata-raid-pcie-30-d-sub-dvi-d-hdmi-atx#ProductFeatures
    Good price, good features


    What makes the Gigabyte better then the cheaper MSI one on scans website?
  4. geekapproved said:
    I see no reason to get a Z77 motherboard if your not overclocking or running multiple gpu's.

    Even a $55 H61 will perform just as well in gaming with the same gpu and cpu.


    If that's the case why would anyone buy motherboards that are £300+ ?
  5. 300+? You got me.

    They have enthusiest features, like more power phases for exteme overclocking, more usb, more sata, possibly better sound chips, multiple Lan, and lots of gimmick utilities.
  6. geekapproved said:
    300+? You got me.

    They have enthusiest features, like more power phases for exteme overclocking, more usb, more sata, possibly better sound chips, multiple Lan, and lots of gimmick utilities.


    Well those are some mental prices for gimmicky things. :P
  7. get the i5 2500k for $20 more and buy this ASRock board http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157306
    here are my computers specs
    gaming htpc llano A-8 3870K processor, 500gb seagate momentus hybrid drive, 8gb g.skill sniper ram, sony blu ray player, crossfired 6670, bluetooth, wifi, mini keyboard/mouse combo, 450 WATT 80 PLUS PSU, WINDOWS 7 home premium http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007TN5PZ6

    gaming computer fx 6100 6 core processor,nzxt tempest 410 gaming case, 2tb western-digital green hard disk drive, xfx radeon hd 6870, 8gb crucial ram, corsair h60 liquid cooling, samsung blu ray drive, 630 WATT 80 PLUS PSU, WINDOWS 7 home premium http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007T0DXVM
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