So i'm like helping a friend with a $1100 gaming rig. We initially settled for a i7-3770K, but due to budget constraints we are now looking very dearly at an i5-3550
We are currently planning to use an Intel DH77EB mobo, but I was wondering if we could find a cheaper mobo, that has 4 RAM slots and USB 3.0 support (Intel/Asus/Gigabyte only).
Basically I have these 2 questions,
1. What is the main difference between H77 and B75 chipset motherboards?
2. Is it possible to perform that +4 speed bins OC that non-K edition chips support, on a H77 or B75 mobo, or is that only supported on z77 ones?
I think that B75 can work with the extra bins of overclocking offered on the non-K edition CPUs, but I'm not sure. If that feature is not listed as lost by Wiki by going down from H77 to B75, then chances are that B75 has it.
The size of the board does not impact the graphics card unless the board has poor layout (IE all of its SATA ports are placed just right to be completely blocked by a decent sized dual-slot graphics card). Being smaller than ATX doesn't affect the board's capability to work with large graphics cards.