I'm in the process of building my first rig and I have 2 days left before I purchase and only thing stopping me is the motherboard.
CPU: I5-3570K / I7-3770K (Choice comes down to budget)
Cooler: Noctua NH-D14
PSU: SeaSonic X760W Gold
GPU: Gigabyte GTX 670 N670OC-2GD (SLI in the future)
I want to be able OC my CPU to 4.2-4.5Ghz. I initially intended to by Gigabyte's Z77X-UD3H but as it turns out non of my local vendors are able to obtain it in 2 days and it'd take them two weeks because of holidays.
Don't know much about it tbh, need input on this one.
Pros - Reviews at toms and guru3d seem to show it's a good overclocker. Cheapest of them all.
Cons - 4 pin atx connector (isn't much of a con as long as it can provide enough power for the CPU when OC'd). I'm also worried it may not last for the long run, isn't as durable at the UD3H.
Pros - ultra durable, 8 pin atx, better/more VRMS. Could probably OC better than the D3H, overall a better performer.
Cons - Most expensive, has a bunch of sata/usb/firewire/features I won't be using which would probably also increase POST time.
I think I'm gonna go with Z77X-D3H. It's cheap and seems like a solid board.
The 4 pin ATX connector does not pose a problem - as reviews and overclockers reach up to ~4.8 with Ivy, so it can handle more than a moderate OC'ing.
The board also seems to have the same VRMs as the UD3H.
It also supports PCI-E 3.0 SLI (8x/8x) which keeps my options open.
The UD5H seems like an overkill so I won't be getting that. I don't feel comfortable spending on my motherboard almost as much as on my CPU. It may be the main board but that just doesn't feel right ;p