Best bang for buck z77 intel motherboard for gaming

Okay I already have a lanboy air case Ill be upgrading it later but not quite yet but need to get a new cpu and motherboard and maybe either ssd or new video card.

Current Rig:
INTEL I5 2500K PROCESSOR with an Antec Khuler h60 liquid cooler
16gb Ram- 4gbx4 STICKS OF G-Skill DDR3-1600 PCS 12800 RAM 9-9-9-24 16gb total
Asus Geforce 560ti video card
2 1tb Western Digital Cavier 5400rpm sata 3.0 hard drives
LanBoy Air Case
OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W Modular High Performance Power Supply

I have at most like 650$ to spend on a new processor and mobo and dont have to have a better video card as the one I have works fine still at this point so this is what i was mulling around any suggestions on a better set-up staying within that price point...???

ASRock Z77 Fatal1ty Professional LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s (194.99)
Intel i5-3570k CPU
SAMSUNG 840 Series MZ-7TD120BW 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive

Or would this mobo be a better buy:
ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s Mobo (149.99)
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  1. What motherboard do you have currently? I wouldnt upgrade from a 2500k just yet with haswell just around the corner. You will benefit more form a gpu upgrade.
  2. Its not worth while to upgrade from a 2500k to a 3570k really, no real performance gains esp if both are OC
    I would just grab an SSD upgrade for now and upgrade when Haswell comes out in June

    For just a motherboard I would just get a Gigabyte z77x d3h if you really need a new board
  3. Im getting the new CPU cause my 1 and a half year old spilled a cup of water in my pc the mobo and cpu are shot
  4. Ahh in that case the z77x d3h is a good budget board with SLI abilities and better power delievery than other boards priced around the same with the ud3h and ud5h offering more IO options as you go higher up
  5. if your not going to overclock or sli you can look at the msi mini atx mb there a good bargan on new egg right now.
  6. Ended up going with an ASROCK Fatality M Professional cause I picked up the mobo for like 120$ when I got it a few months back overall its been a pretty solid mobo with everything I need currently Thanks for the feedBACK though everyone!
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