Primary concern: Gaming and emulation performance.
I am still undecided about the mobo; I intend to do some overclocking, nothing hard core; whatever (may be 4.3 GHz max?) is possible using the stock cooler. I don't need crossfire support, don't need to connect more than 2 SATA HDD, and only concerned in gaming and game emulator performances.
Even though my budget is $140 for the mobo, I want to go for the one that costs me least. I want to buy the mobo that serves my purpose best, no fancy features are needed.
I have short listed:
Asrock: Z77 Pro3, Z77 Pro4, Z77 Extreme4 ,
ASUS: P8Z77-V LK, P8Z77-V LX,
I have avoided microATX mobos since I need an PCI-e 1x above the graphics card slot for an IDE controller card.
In some forums I have read that VIA audio on gigabyte mobos are very bad, in some others people were saying that they are the best !!! So I am totally confused. Can somebody please suggest which one will be the best performing one for the above mentioned functions and still cost me least?
I read somewhere that:
1. asrock warranty/RMA coverage will only by fulfilled via the retailer (new egg for me).
2. Etreme4 has gold capped capacitors vs all solid in pro series; the former having better life time.
3, The power phase in pro series is 4+1, and in extreme4 it is 8+2, which is better for overclocking.
Are the above issues important if I am going for pro3? I mean, is 4.2/4.3GHz on stock cooler possible with the pro3 with 4+1 power phase?