I'm putting together a gaming PC and I'm having a lot of trouble trying to figure out which ASUS Z77 Motherboard to select. I'd like to keep it in the $200 range give or take $50, but obviously I'm always happy to save a few bucks.
I plan to use:
- i5 3570K
- Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo (might switch for a different model? Noctua NH-D14? Dunno)
- Corsair CML16GX3M4A1600C9B Vengeance Low Profile
- Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 OC 980MHZ 2GB
- Corsair Professional HX750W 750W ATX 12V 62A 24PIN ATX Modular Power Supply
- Intel 520 Series 120GB 2.5IN SSD
- Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA3 6GB/S 7200RPM
- Corsair Carbide Series 500R Mid-Tower Gaming Case ATX 4X5.25 6X3.5INT USB 1394
I want to go with ASUS because of their reputation for quality products. If I don't have to buy *the* most expensive board I'd rather put the cash towards a different component.
So do I plan to OC the CPU? Yes, I'd like to try. Do I plan to OC the GPU? If it isn't too hard to do, you bet, I'll try to get all the performance I can out of it. I'll mostly be playing FPS's, BF3, Arma II/DayZ, some RTS, Skyrim etc.
The only feature I'd really like in the motherboard is integrated Wi-Fi. Where the gaming PC will be makes it impossible to run cable (unless I run about 300 feet of it or so). Maybe there's a better option than Wi-Fi? Maybe not?
I'm not sure what else to look for in a motherboard to be honest. I find selecting this to be the most confusing part of this process.
For instance, what's the difference between:
ASUS P8Z77-V Lk @ $135
ASUS P8Z77-V Pro @ $213
ASUS P8Z77-V @ $195
Help.. I'm confused. There doesn't seem to be an easy compare ASUS board X to Y to Z tool anywhere, or if there is my google skills aren't up to finding it.
Really appreciate anybody who takes the time to help me pick the right board.
My own recommendation of those 3 is the P8Z77-V. The LK is neutered a bit (weak power phase design and less OC friendly BIOS, among other things) and the Pro doesn't really add much (2 extra internal USB 3.0 connectors, mainly).