Which Motherboard to choose?

I am starting a build on a new gaming computer. I have already purchased the case and have it in. It will allow me to have plenty of space and the cooling ability that i need. This my first experience building a computer but i know how to do it and what it takes. Im just having issues finding a motherboard that will do everything that i need it to without paying a very large price of $300 for the top end stuff.

I would like the Motherboard to be by ASUS but i have heard good about Gigabyte so that may be an option.

The Case that i have purchased is the Thermaltake VN300M1W2N Chaser MK-I Full Tower Gaming Case which i love and heres the link.

I know and have decided what processor to choose and it will be the Intel Core i5-3570K BX806237i53570K Processor because it seems to be the best for its price and plenty of power especially when overclocked which is what i plan to do.

I am not sure which graphics card i am going to purchase but i believe it might be a GeForce and probably the Zotac GeForce GTX 680 Video Card because i do some heavy gaming and want it to last a good while. Also i would like the Motherboard to be able to support 2 graphics cards for the future upgrades.

I am not sure which RAM to choose from but havent looked into it much. This choice shouldent be to hard considering they tend to be very similar.

For hard drives i plan on having two. One HDD for storage and a SDD for keeping the windows 8 on for fast bootup and a couple of games for fast load times. I also realize that i will need one more socket for the eSata port on the case.

For the Dispaly part I will be using a HDMI cable and plan on using probably 2 screens or maybe 3 eventually when i am doing school work or simple stuff but one main moniter for gaming.

In addition, i would like to have a couple of 3.0 and 2.0 usb slots on the back of the computer which should be plenty with the addition of the two 2.0 and two 3.0 usb plugs and the front of the case. Another factor that im not sure about is i will need the Motherboard to run a total of 6 large fans (all the fans the case will fit) untill i put in a water cooling system when it is needed.

I think that covers it all so like i said, i would just like to know some other thoughts about this settup and mainly what motherboard to choose from since there is so many options out there.
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  1. You want a Z77 board but they came in many flavors and at different prices. There is no need to hook all the fans to the motherboard since they run fine hooked to the PSU.
    Give us a budget and we can recommend a board.
  2. The z77 boards are what I figured I should get. I would prefer to get a motherboard that is around $200 or less. But if a $300 or so motherboard is needed then that is what I will get. So in theory I guess i have no real price range really. I would just like to get the motherboard that I need and will last a good while so it can withstand upgrades in the future.

    So all the fans will plug into the PSU that I get?

    Thank you for the help and reply also. :)
  3. Best answer
    For your budget there is plenty of great boards, here are 4 that I would consider|13-157-295^13-157-295-TS%2C13-131-819^13-131-819-05%23%2C13-128-545^13-128-545-TS%2C13-130-660^13-130-660-TS
    You will fit as many fans into the board as it allows then put the rest directly to the PSU or to a fan controller you hook to the PSU.
  4. Best answer selected by C0mput3rG33k.
  5. So, i have decided to use the ASUS P8Z77-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard ( ) and was just wondering if i use the setup above would the Zotac GeForce GTX 680 Video Card ( ) work well with this? i would like to play new released games on ultra and keep it that way for as long as possible.

    sorry, if this is kinda in the wrong form category.
    Thank you for all the replies.
  6. The 680 will work great in that setup.
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