I felt it was time to upgrade some of my system which I mainly use for movies and gaming. I'm not planning on overclocking.
I want to get a good board but also price is an issue. I want to get the best board possible for a "reasonable price". It would be a major plus to have the most up to date as possible from those available to me and have things like usb 3.0, 6gb sata, ability to crossfire (should I upgrade in the near future), possibility to add a sound card etc...
My current build is below and the parts I would like to switch are in bold. I think I will go with a i5 3570K CPU and 8 GB of ram (what is better 2 sticks of 4 or 4 sticks of 2?)
Disregard what I said about the Z75 (and Groundrat about the Pro 3) - if you plan to crossfire down the road. To save money, I guess, ASRock implements the second PCIe slot as PCI 2.0 at x4 speed. Think I'd recommend a board that breaks it down to PCI3.0 x8/x8 (edit - like the Extreme4).
Decided to go with the i5 3470 in the end since I dont see my self overclocking too much.
I have also narrowed my motherboard choices down to the Asus P8Z77-V LX 2 or the Asus P8Z77-V LE Plus the main difference I found was that the LE Plus has 2 PCI e 3.0 slots @x16 (X8, X8) and the LX 2 has only one PIC e 3.0 @ 16X and a PCI e 2.0 @ X16 (x4, x4)
The difference in price is about $50... any reccomendations?