this will be my first build. it will be mainly for gaming. when choosing the components my aim was to pick the parts that have the lowest price for the needed performance . i'm very concern of buying something that i won't use or benefit from. for example, an SSD is surely a big improvement to the build but it won't improve anything while gaming except for loading time which is not justifiable for the price. i hope that this will make it easier to which motherboard you think would suit me most.
the four motherboards are all from Asus :
P8H77-V LE $128
(i would choose i5 3570k for z77 chipset and i5 3550 for the rest.)
i know most of the differences between the motherboards but i want guidance for the features i missed or didn't understand. so i made this comaprison on Asus website (here is the full comparison) and i want an illustration to the differences i highlighted in this picture. what do you think of the differences that worth mentioning and noting for? for example, is the differences between the LAN ports or the audio features noticeable or i should ignore them? so point for me what is important from the highlighted and leave the minors.
just to make sure. i acknowledge that Z77 is the only one that you can overclock in it , can sli/Xfire and has wireless. i acknowledge the differences between the number of all ports (usb,sata,displayports,pcie ..etc) and all boards provide more than enough ports for me. i acknowledge that B75 doesn't support SSD caching.
so as i see it now, i should take Z77 if i want overclocking and Xfire. if i don't then i go for H77 or B75 if i dont want SSD caching either.
but still i'm afraid of the other differences that i may have missed which is why i need your help guys. i don't want to buy the B75 then regret it later because i wasn't informed of other features i'm giving up from the higher boards.
finally i'll note that the price difference between overclockable PC is bigger than just 50$ or 80$ . if i would take Z77 + i5 3570k ($185+$237=$422) to overclock, i will need to buy heatsink, more fans and higher watts PSU which will cost me even more. while non overclockable PC , H77 LE + i5 3550 ($128+$200=$328) or B75 ($105+$200=$305). so i don't think the boost i will get from overclocking would justify the cost. this is why overclocking isn't important for me but i may consider it if Z77 provide more features than i know.