I am in the process of building a PC, and I have ordered most of the parts, but I'm having an issue with the motherboard being out of stock and that will cause a 3 weeks delay I don't want, first, here's my build I ordered:
If you are building a new system with a 3rd generation Intel® Core™ processor like the Intel Core i5-3570K; don't go with the a "6" series boards since it may require you to update the Bios before it will allow you to use the 3rd generation processor. While there maybe some boards out there with the updated Bios that will allow you to use the 3rd generation processors there is no way to tell unless you have it in your hands. So I would go with the MSI Z77A-G43 or maybe the ASRock Z77 Extreme4.
The only problem is that if you get a Z68 with that processor you need an older processor to update the Z68 bios before the i5-3570k will even run. So unless you have a Sandy Bridge CPU to put in it first then I would go with a Z77.
Well, my original choice was the Gigabyte Z77 D3H which is the reason I'm looking for substitutions..
I know the Gigabyte I listed is the best choice among these, and that's the reason I actually ordered it in the first place.
The issue is that Amazon didn't mention it's a back order, and it'll take lots of time to get it in stock (almost a month) and I really don't want to wait all that time. Otherwise I'll only have 2-3 weeks to use the PC before I get back to college..
Getting a Z68 with a 3rd gen i7 sounds like a bad idea. I don't want to limit myself to save time and then regret it afterwards. I'll probably stick to the Z77 models.
MSI shows lots of issues and has overclocking limitations in terms of vCore control and whatnot, so I think I won't go with it.
That closes the circle I guess, BUT now I realized Amazon shipped the rest of my items and now I will be subjected to normal shipping rates for the motherboard so having to buy from Amazon now is no longer a necessity..
Are there any merchants that offer the Gigabyte Z77 D3H and yet ship to P.O. Boxes? This is my only option right now, I have checked Microcenter but they don't have this model as it seems..
Edit: I came across Asrock Z77 Extreme4 at Microcenter, is it any different from my Gigabyte D3H? I noticed it only has 2 4pin fans and 2 3pin fans while the Gigabyte has 4 4pin fans, and my case has PWM fans so I could actually take benefit from the 4th pin. Will it be a problem if I ran PWM fans on full power all the time?