I am going to take advantage of microcenter's constant $50 off on mobo + cpu combo. I'll be getting the 3570k since the 2500k is no longer offered as part of the deal. I need to upgrade as my current PC is quite instable. If I shut it down completely the next boot up there are constant BSODs on boot until I reset the mobo physically. So instead of trying to fix the problem and replacing the bad part I'm just going to start by upgrading the CPU and mobo, as well as ram, but that I already ordered.
I've asked elsewhere and was recommended this mobo
total would come out to $308 after tax for both. Then a $20 mir, but I always use the up front cost to determine what I buy, if I get the rebate, great. But I still had to fork over the extra $20+tax 6-8 weeks ago.
I would like to save some more cash, but not at the expense of quality.
They have a few other mobos that are cheaper. I'm only looking at Z77 boards at the moment.
Here are the cheaper options that I'm considering and how much they'll save me in up front cost and after mir. Also keep in mind I will be buying in store so it will be easier to RMA if that is an issue with some boards. This is a worry for me since some of the mobos listed have a few bad reviews about dead boards on newegg. But if the issue is with dead boards and not boards dying down the road early I'd consider them.
If your going with a second video card at some point later on then the first two would be the only option in that case. If you don't intend on ever adding a srcond video card then all four are in play and you can pick the one you want.
The Asrock Extreme 4 would be the better of the lot with the Gigabyte a close second.
I would go with the Asus board unless you are trying to save money and need to go with the lowest priced option. I tend to go with quality over price and if something is a few bucks more and it's got very good quality then I'm going to go with it.