I'm buying a new CPU and motherboard at Microcenter and want to know which one of these motherboards is better. I initially had my eyes set on the Biostar TZZ7XE3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... since it has loads of features and is very affordable but Microcenter doesn't carry that mobo. So I've narrowed it down to these two mobos.
I'll be getting an i5-2500k and a GTX 460 and plan on overclocking and using for medium gaming and HD videos and some video editing.
The Biostar has 8-phase PWM while the Asrock has 4+2 Phase so is the Biostar better for overclocking?
The Asrock has Virtu MVP but the Biostar doesn't. Asrock has Intel Rapid Start, Biostar doesn't. Don't know how useful that is though. Asrock has 2 extra USB 2.0 ports on rear panel and 2 extra Sata 3 connectors on the board. The Virtu MVP sounds cool. I'd like to try it but I've heard it isn't that useful at the moment?
From reading the reviews though, the Asrock mobos seem to have more quality control issues with their boards; DOAs and more compatibility issues with video cards and RAM. More buggy in general. Haven't heard these problems with Biostar.
The Biostar is $20 cheaper at MC. Which is better? Or can you suggest another motherboard in the same price range ($120) at MC?
The Biostar Z77 boards have gotten good reviews. I think they're more stable than the Asrock Z77s but the board layout on the Biostar doesn't seem as optimal. 3rd party coolers will block a memory slot and be very close/touching the graphics card. I've decided to go with a Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H for a little more money. *grumble*