I am building my new gaming PC and I've basically got everything worked out. I researched each component and I feel confident in each of them besides the motherboard. It is the only thing that I am having a hard time understanding what I need and what I do not. One of my concerns that I have with my current one is the thunderbolt ports, which I will most likely not use (for a while anyway) and I feel like they are just raising the price. So, to get to my question, what, in your opinion, would be a motherboard of lesser (or equal, but of course lesser would be nice) price to the one that I have picked out now that would also meet my needs, given what I have selected. I also do not know who tends to make more quality products, so please let me know if there are any general guidelines that would also help. Thank you and if you have any more questions, let me know!
EDIT: I did a little bit more looking, and this ASUS (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...) looks to be very good, without the thunderbolt ports and a nice price drop. Does anyone have experience with this board (or one like it) that can comment on the arrangment of components (difficult/stupid spots that make it hard to put in) Thank you again!
I have only been back with intel for two months so I am not really up on all of the intel motherboards I got a Asus Z77 Sabertooth for my i5 3570K build and really like it of course it is alot more money that the board you are looking at. Good luck with your build.
If you're looking to build on a better fit mobo and you don't need CPU overclocking support, then you can probably save yourself quite a bit of money by going with an H77 chipset motherboard.The Gigabyte GA-H77M-D3H.
For under $100 you get a motherboard that's reliable and still gives you a lot of features. Technical specifications for this motherboard include; up to dual channel DDR3 32GB ram, 4 x Sata 3 Gb/s, 2 x SATA 6Gb/s, PCI Express 3.0 x16 (1), PCI Express 2.0 x16 (1 at x4), 1 PCI Express x1, 1 PCI slot, and rear ports include; 1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse port, D-Sub + DVI, 1 x HDMI, 4 x USB 2.0, and 2 USB 3.0. Includes a 3 year parts and labor warranty.The Asus motherboard your looking at is decent though i don't see any reason to pay more for Z77 if you are not overclocking. If they are the same price then there is no harm in it, but it seems that H77 are generally alot cheaper.