Alternative to Asrock z77 Pro3 and best CPU/RAM partner


Hello everyone, I would just like to ask I'm into a dilemma right now. I am trying to get z77 xtreme4 but that's not available in any of the computer shop near me. I don't plan buying online.

The stores doesn't have it, but they have the ff:
a) Asrock z77 OC Formula
b) Asrock z77 Pro3
c) Asus z77 M Pro
d) MSI z77 gd65
e) MSI z77 g43

I'm a heavy gamer only, so I'm not really into video rendering,though my cousin may need to use my PC for his autoCAD. So I'm not really into OC or SLI/Crossfire, but having them is an open option. It's a plus if a product offers them. So I'm confuse w/c of the ff to get. One more thing, I'm planning to buy a new CPU and that store has the ff:

A) i5-3470 > about $260
B) i5-3570k > about $298

Price difference between them is too marginal when it comes to performance. the -k offers OC, while the other doesn't. So I'm bending towards -k. So what's your opinion?

Moreover, the only branded memory that the stores have are ff:
a) HyperX Blue KHX1600C9D3B1/4G
b) Corsair Vengeance 8G (i wasn't able to get the module/part#)

I check both boards and i didn't see that the A) is not on the list of compatible/supported memory. Is it ok if I install a RAM w/c is not on the list? If yes, w/c one do you think is better?

NOTE: Please choose don't recommends products that are not listed here. Thanks
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  1. Thanks for the poll. Though the poll, let's start the discussion.
    Should I really get the OC Formula based on my needs?
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