Best CPU and Motherboard Combo?

Here's three different CPU and motherboard bundles.

MSI Z77A-G45 and Intel Core i5-3570K Bundle $354.99

ASUS P8Z77-V LX Intel 7 Series Motherboard and Intel Core i5-3570K $415.99

GIGABYTE GA-Z77-DS3H Intel 7 Series Motherboard and Intel Core i5-3570K $393.99

Which one is the best for the money? I use my PC for gaming and surfing the web, watching streams and Youtube.
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  1. I don't see that many differences specification wise between the 3 mobo. They are all in the same price bracket so its a case of "bang for your buck".

    They all support the i5 3570k.

    They all support similar amounts of memory

    The MSI has more PCIe ports than the other two, but doesn't have any of the older standard PCI ports (which doesn't really matter unless you intend to install old hardware).

    The MSI also has a new, very user friendly BIOS and a very straight forward OC function "OC Genie II". From what I can tell the other two boards have the standard BIOS.

    Read some reviews on




    I think if it was me, I'd go with the MSI or ASUS. Leaning towards the MSI.
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