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March 2, 2013 5:28:13 AM

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!

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($289.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP4 TH ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($182.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.86 @ Compuvest)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.00 @ Adorama)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: NZXT Phantom (Black/Green) ATX Full Tower Case ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VS247H-P 23.6" Monitor ($166.98 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Logitech G400 Wired Optical Mouse ($29.44 @ Amazon)
Total: $1420.18
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-02 02:29 EST-0500)

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!
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March 2, 2013 6:21:34 AM

Newegg also has the GIGABYTE GA-Z77-HD4 LGA 1155 for $129 that seems to have the same basic features as the Asus you mention at the bottom of your post http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... .

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.
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March 2, 2013 6:32:16 AM

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.
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March 2, 2013 7:11:08 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($188.79 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.86 @ Compuvest)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.00 @ Adorama)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: NZXT Phantom (Black/Green) ATX Full Tower Case ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VS247H-P 23.6" Monitor ($166.98 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Logitech G400 Wired Optical Mouse ($29.44 @ Amazon)
Total: $1239.54
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-02 04:03 EST-0500)

no need for an i7 if you're just gaming. too little benefit for too much the costs.

H77 for a single gpu. B75 boards are doable as well. Z77 only if you want to add another card for crossfire/SLI at 8x/8x or plan to OC the CPU (which in this case, you'll need a 3570K).

for around the same price, may as well put that dual data rate to good use and grab 2x4gb DDR3-1600.

if you got a microcenter nearby, you can get $40 off for the cpu.

if you got some cash left for you to spend, consider a better GPU. you should be able to afford it.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($188.79 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.86 @ Compuvest)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.00 @ Adorama)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom (Black/Green) ATX Full Tower Case ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VS247H-P 23.6" Monitor ($166.98 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Logitech G400 Wired Optical Mouse ($29.44 @ Amazon)
Total: $1429.54
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-02 04:10 EST-0500)
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March 2, 2013 7:30:31 AM

Hazle said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($188.79 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.86 @ Compuvest)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.00 @ Adorama)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: NZXT Phantom (Black/Green) ATX Full Tower Case ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VS247H-P 23.6" Monitor ($166.98 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Logitech G400 Wired Optical Mouse ($29.44 @ Amazon)
Total: $1239.54
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-02 04:03 EST-0500)

no need for an i7 if you're just gaming. too little benefit for too much the costs.

H77 for a single gpu. B75 boards are doable as well. Z77 only if you want to add another card for crossfire/SLI at 8x/8x or plan to OC the CPU (which in this case, you'll need a 3570K).

for around the same price, may as well put that dual data rate to good use and grab 2x4gb DDR3-1600.

if you got a microcenter nearby, you can get $40 off for the cpu.

if you got some cash left for you to spend, consider a better GPU. you should be able to afford it.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($188.79 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.86 @ Compuvest)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.00 @ Adorama)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom (Black/Green) ATX Full Tower Case ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VS247H-P 23.6" Monitor ($166.98 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Logitech G400 Wired Optical Mouse ($29.44 @ Amazon)
Total: $1429.54
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-02 04:10 EST-0500)



Thank you for your response! Any input is appreciated. I actually posted this both in here and the new PC build section, and someone helped me through (http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/387550-31-first-build...) This is now my build:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($76.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.51 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Plextor M5S Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($94.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($369.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom (Black/Green) ATX Full Tower Case ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VS247H-P 23.6" Monitor ($166.98 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Logitech G400 Wired Optical Mouse ($29.44 @ Amazon)
Total: $1438.80
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-02 04:24 EST-0500)
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