Motherboard question?

I'm building a gaming pc and I wanted to know what "corners I can cut", as in is it alright to get a cheap motherboard that supports pci-e 3 and sata 3 or do motherboards play a big roll for gaming and should I just get an expensive motherboard? Sorry I'm not very tech savvy :/

I have a sapphire 7970 ghz edition and intel i5 3570k lined up with 700'watt psu.

Those are my expensive parts. Just wondering if I can cheapen other parts and be ok

Thanks guys and girls !
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  1. Cheap and good one (i use it) MSI Z77a-G45 120USD and i had it with a Mail-in rebate of 20 so it cost me 100$ overclock well and do the job you need

    PS: Never cheap up on the PSU, make sure to have a good brand as it'll protect all the other components...
  2. Motherboard - Gigabyte Z77X-D3H

    Ever since Intel’s introduction of the Z77 chipset, motherboard giant Gigabyte has made huge leaps in in improvements on their motherboards all the way from the budget end to the extreme high end and the Z77X-D3H is a perfect example of what kind of top quality products can be achieved.

    With support for PCIe 3.0, SATA 3 6Gb/s, 8 channel integrated audio, Gigabyte’s fully digital power delivery system, and ultra durable 4 features, it’s got a lot going for it.

    mobo:GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD3H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
  3. Yup it's OK to get a cheap motherboard, it doesn't directly affect performance.
  4. Thanks guys :) will def look into gigabyte and msi z77. I live in New Zealand so some pc parts may be hard to come by
  5. The gigabyte and the msi are probably the best out there. Don't forget the asrock extreme 3.
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