I am building my first computer and want some help on picking a Mobo. I want to use the system for online gaming mostly, but want a well rounded system that will last and be upgradeable for a few years. I’d like to pick MB that is easy to set up and dependable and not overly expensive. I would also like to be able to purchase it at Frys, since it is close and I can do price match on the part if it is cheaper elsewhere.
OC: not right now, but possibly down the road. Will probably install a after market cooler (water 2.0) during install for future. SLI/CF : NO - but would like the option down the road if.
CPU: I5 3570 3.4GHZ GPU: Either Radeon 7870 or 7850. Products in mind: MSI R7870 Twin Frozr 2GD5/OC OR XFX Double D FX-785A-CDFC. PSU: Either CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 OR COOLER MASTER Silent Pro Gold Series RS800-80GAD3-US 800W ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.92 CASE: Cooler Master HAF 922M Mid Tower ATX Boot: Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR120GB 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal SSD HDD: Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" RAM: 16GB 4X4, 240 pin, ddr3-1600 – haven’t decided on brand yet, low voltage, low latency.
Anyway, the motherboards I’m considering are: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard MSI Z77A-G45 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard Asrock is my frontrunner, but they don't sell it at Frys, and i would like the peace of mind of being able to drive over to replace the part instead of dealing with new egg or driving 3 hrs one way to go to MicroCenter.