I need a recommendation on a motherboard for a new build. I'm building a Windows 8 quiet pc, which will not be used for gaming, so I'm going with an Ivy Bridge CPU using the integrated graphics (no graphics card). I will be connecting a touchscreen monitor via DisplayPort along with my TV via HDMI. I've listed my other components below, but it's a pretty basic build. I'm looking for a recommendation for a motherboard that has both HDMI and DisplayPort, has simple fan controls (this might be standard with all motherboards now - it's been 5 years since my last build). The TomsHardware "Mid-Range Z77 Board" review recommendation has A two-way value tie between ASRock's Z77 Extreme6 and MSI's Z77A-GD65 but the MSI board does not have DisplayPort. So, is the ASRock board a good choice for a novice, or is there a cheaper, "easier" board that makes more sense?
CPU Intel Core i5-3550 Ivy Bridge 3.3GHz
CPU Cooler Gelid Tranquillo Rev2
Ram Kingston 16GB DDR3-1600 (2x8GB) - KVR13N9K2/16
Video Card Onboard Video
Sound Card Onboard Sound
SSD Drive Samsung 840 Pro 256GB
2nd Hard Drive 2TB Western Digital Caviar Green (5400 RPM, SATA III, Quiet)
Keyboard/Mouse Logitech Wireless Combo Mk520
Case Fractal Design Define R4
Power Rosewill CAPSTONE-450 w/Silent 140mm Fan
Monitor Dell S2340T 23-inch monitor
You got me there. Never seen one before, since I don't use my pc as a home theatre. Asrock bios aren't that easy to use, but if the extreme 6 has the UEFI bios, then you may have no problems adjusting it to your liking. So if the asrock is within your budget, give it a try.