ASUS P8Z77-V vs. ASRock Z77 Extreme6

Hey everyone.. So I'm currently in the process of researching and purchasing for my first time building a computer.

I've been eyeing the 'ASUS P8Z77-V LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard' (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131820 at the recommendation of a friend.

However, I just read a review that is pointing me towards 'ASRock Z77 Extreme6 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard' (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157295) and so now I am in a bit of a conundrum.

Or there might be other motherboards that are just better than the two here. I'd prefer to spend around $150-$180 on the motherboard.

I don't really see myself overclocking much, as I've never really done it before, but who knows.. I don't really play those graphics-intensive FPS games, so it hasn't really been necessary.

If relevant, the build I'm going for is:

The build I'm going for is:
RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233144
SSD: SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC128B/WW 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147163
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136533
CASE: Corsair Carbide Series 400R Graphite grey and black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139008
MOTHERBOARD: ASUS P8Z77-V LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131820
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504
GPU: MSI N660 Ti PE 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127696
PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139021
OPTICAL DRIVE: ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS – OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204
MONITOR: Asus VE248H Black 24" 2ms Full HD HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor w/Speakers 250 cd/m2 10,000,000:1 (1920x1080)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236102

Also, if there's anything that seems like a poor choice or out of place, please let me know.
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  1. Very nice build - well chosen parts.

    As for the MB, go for the Asus. Arock just doesn't compare in quality.
  2. I have an ASRock Extreme 4 and I have no problem with its quality(my first PC build, treated pretty rough b/c my inexperience, no hiccups and runs like a champ).

    For your case Extreme 6 was chosen over V-Pro as in a Tom's review but I recommend V over Extreme 6 because of the ASUS Fan Control firmware is better(with ASRock you can only set a normal speed & a target temperature where you fan go 100%).
  3. I was advised on a different thread that I might be going 'overkill' with the motherboard (since I don't plan on having dual-video card) and that there are cheaper options. Thus far, the motherboards discussed have been ASUS P8Z77-V, ASRock Z77 Extreme 6, ASRock Z77 Extreme 4, ASRock Z77 Extreme 3, ASRock Z75..

    Now, I'm not sure what the glaring differences among the motherboards listed are.. I do know that the ASUS and the ASRock Extreme 6 seem to be significantly more expensive than the latter few.. Particularly for my computer usage (i.e. Gaming [WoW, D3, SC2, DotA2, Indie Games] and Web Surfing), would I really benefit all that much from getting the most expensive ones listed?
  4. I have the:

    ASUS P8Z77-V PREMIUM LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with Thunderbolt

    and the onboard sound would only play static. So YMMV on getting Asus stuff too.
  5. Hey D4J10X,

    Just starting to buy parts for my own build that has similarities with your rig. I'm also at a cross roads in particular on picking the motherboard.

    Which one did you go for in the end? How is it working out?
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