Hey guys, I'm trying to build myself a fairly OK computer for gaming.
This is my first build so I'm in need of some reassurance before I go out and buy all the parts.
I've been saving up for awhile so I don't want to make any bad decisions.
Some things that concern me are:
-If the parts I'm getting are compatible.
-If there are any known bugs/issues with the components I've selected.
-Also I'm looking for just any advice or tips you guys are willing to give me.
Approximate Purchase Date: Hopefully this month.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, the latest games: BF3, Star Wars MMO, Guild Wars 2
Parts Not Required: Keyboard/mouse/speakers.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, amazon, basically any.
Country of Origin: US
Parts Preferences: Any
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
I can't choose between two motherboards, They will be listed below.
The extreme3 gen3 is superior by far to the Asus P8P67. You'll want a z68 chipset regardless of the specific board. The extreme3 gen3 is one of the best boards in that price range, though. It supports x8/x8 for sli/crossfire and if you upgrade to ivy bridge you'll be able to use PCIe 3.0 x16 cards.
Different features really, asthetics. Nothing that you would notice if your asking.
There are definitely noticeable differences. The ASRock is a gaming board and the ASUS is more of an 'all-purpose' board. Bottom line, the ASUS has a slightly bigger port cluster, but you won't want to SLI on the ASUS. Also, if you upgrade to ivy bridge and want to get the most out of the newest generation of graphics cards you'd need to replace the ASUS but you could keep using the ASRock. The biggest difference, though, is the chipset. There's no reason to go with a P67 board unless you're on a SUPER tight budget. If you really don't want the ASRock, spend a little extra ($15 on newegg) for the ASUS P8Z68 LE http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Also, StarRavier, the ASUS doesn't have a VGA output.