I'm about a month away from building my first pc and this website has been an amazing resource. I've gone from knowing nothing to at least stringing together a few components for a (hopefully) decent build. My budget is $1,700 and must include OS, monitor, and keyboard. I'm an nVidia fan, too, for driver support and accessibility. So here's what I have so far. Any help is always appreciated:
GPU is meh IMO, its only around a HD7870 for performance, doesnt overclock as well as the 7870 and $50 more expensive.
That mobo is very old, the p67 chipset is effectively defunct now. You want a Z77 board, much newer technology and comes with features like PCI-3, USB3 SATAIII (everything 3 you could think of!), SSD caching and other good stuff.
I recommend this board, only because the AsRock Z77 Extreme4 doesn't seems to be listed.
ASUS P8Z77-V LK. $150. http://www.amazon.com/Asus-P8Z77-V-LK-Intel-Motherboard...
For a gaming rig you can half the RAM, you only need 8GB.
Good PSU, though if their is the possibility of Crossfire/SLI, you may want a 750W.
Sorry for the double post but I'm agonizing over a motherboard choice. It sounds embarrassing but I'm working up a pretty good fear about the whole project because I keep reading all these reviews of motherboards that won't post, dead DIMM slots, or whatever else. For a first timer, it's a bit surprising to see there is no "perfect" motherboard out there.
From what's been said so far, I know I need a Z77 board. Beyond that, I'm happy to spend more money for a greater board but I'm all about stability. I just want the board that will most likely work right out of the box. (Don't we all?)
From the options already suggested (and listed below), can anyone help me make a final pick?