Choosing A Motherboard for an Intel gaming rig

I am looking for a motherboard to choose when building my newest computer. Here are my other specs:

Intel Core i5-3470
WD Black 1TB Hard Drive
Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz 2x4GB RAM
Thermaltake Modular 750 Watt 80+ Bronze PSU
Asus GeForce GTX 650 1 GB or EVGA GTX 660 2GB

I was looking at several of the Asus brand, but I really have no idea what to choose. I'll need several USB ports, at least 4, and two 3.0 ports. I know the basic things like what kind of processor port (LGA 1155), but what memory speed do I need? I'd like SATA III (6Gb/s) and wireless connectivity.

If you know of a specific motherboard that would be good for this, please let me know!

Also, with these other componenets, will I have a bottleneck anywhere?

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  1. get this instead. better performance
  2. TheBigTroll said:
    get this instead. better performance

    Are you sure that this system has better performance? It is a micro ATX motherboard and I would like to run some pretty intensive games. Nearly every part here is inferior to the parts I have chosen. The graphics card is also far below what I would like, and the benchmarks for it are very low.
  3. the size of the motherboard, let alone the motherboard itself, in your case has no benefit in gaming performance. now if you were OCing, it's a different matter.

    the 7870 is a heckuva lot better than the 650, and performs slightly better than the 660 in some cases. and at that price, it's the better option.

    unless you have plans to run your GPU in CF/SLI, you're not gonna need 750w.

    a 0.1ghz difference between the 3450 and 3470 is not a major deal breaker, as the performance drop is barely noticeable.
  4. Prices seem comparable between the two GPU's, so I think I'll stick with the 660, but I'm having an expert look at some other combinations(I also really like Nvidia cards). So I'll only need a, say, 600w PSU? I've heard that's where you don't want to skimp. I think it's only $10 more to get the 3470, but we'll see.

    Also, some of the benchmarks here on this site (,3297-7.html the second set of graphs) say that the 660 does better than the 7870

    But then another benchmark for Skyrim says that the 7870 is better (,3297-12.html). Either way I think that they would perform fine.
  5. a 7870 is a much better value. it comes with 2 free games and will benefit a lot more from overclocking

    my benchmarks tell that they are about the same at stock speed
  6. What two games? And the 660 comes with a free ACIII. I also play a lot of Skyrim, Battlefield, and Batman. These three games worked better on the 660. But my questions are: (if I got the 660)

    How do I know whether to get the cheap $100 ones with the same specs as the $150-250 ones?

    Is Asus, Evga, MSI, or whatever brand the best?

    I know the more you spend probably the better the card, but where-abouts is the sweet spot? I'd like a good gaming one, but not one that will poop out on me in a year, and I would only like to spend $150-200.

    Any suggestions?

    I also don't think I'll overclock, most people like it, but I don't want to stress my components too much.
  7. comes with far cry 3 and a 20% off coupon on warfighter. if you buy 2 cards, you get hitman absolution with it
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