So I'm planning to build my first rig as my stock comp is having some issues with the motherboard. I'm on a tight budget so I'm looking for the best deals. Currently there are 3 Mobos that I could afford which are:
MSI Z77A-G41 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
I don't really understand the differences between these Mobos but I've been reading reviews and there's been some horrid ones for all of them and I don't know which one I should really put my bet on. I'm planning to run an i5-3570k (may overclock) and a NVIDIA GTX 660.
Which one of these Mobo's would be my safest bet? Should I even consider these 3? Any suggestion is appreciated.
I'm not sure. I own a Gigabyte UD5H myself. I've also owned a UD3H that I overclocked on which worked great. No problems at all with the UD3H. So I can tell you that Gigabyte Z77 boards are worth it and overclock well, for me at least.
Also, great choice in your graphics card. I wouldn't go lower than the GTX 660 even if your on a budget. The GTX 650 Ti just doesn't perform well enough for me and the GTX 660 is perfect for almost anyone. I own the GTX 660 Ti so I can speak to those as well.
Make sure whatever MoBo you choose supports USB 3.0, PCIe 3.0, and at least 2 SATAIII ports. And if you ever want to put another GTX 660 in SLI make sure the board supports SLI. Some cheaper boards don't even allow for moderate overclocking. I'd make sure to spend at least 100$ on a MoBo.
I have the same question myself & a bit confused between
GIGABYTE GA-Z77-D3H or Z77X-D3H or GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD3H
& ASRock Z77 Extreme 4
I have i5 3750k & 660Ti OC & need a mobo that oc well & easy, I read somewhere that ASRock mobos are good but the only weakness in ASRock mobos that they are thinner & can flex !! idk if that's correct or not