So I'm building a new system. It'll be running an i5-3570K with a stompy NH-D14 on top of it, GTX680 and 8GB 1600Mhz ram. Also got a Sata III SSD for the OS.
The only thing thats left to choose is the board and I'm having a hard time deciding. I've literally gone through every-single-board on newegg for LGA 1155 in the past week. Read reviews for most of them and I've got it down to 3 contestants. GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD4H, GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD3H and the MSI Z77A-GD65.
I'm looking for the most reliable board that will support some nice overclocks. So obviously the VRMs are going to need to be decent. That's also why I don't have any Asrock boards as a choice. I think the Extreme6 is okay but still, I don't trust them.
The way I've rated these boards is (from best to worst): UD4H > UD3H > GD65. Although I feel like the UD3H is of slightly high quality (not sure, maybe someone could fill me in?). The 4H looks cool so thats why it's up there. If they're both identical as far as quality of the components I'd choose that over the 3H. Also I think the 3H has 9 phases compared to the 11 of the 4H but I don't know how much difference that will make if any. I just want to avoid the noise and other similar issues that could arise.
Other than that, they all have similar features that I'd like to have such as the Ps/2 port for n-key rollover, the POST LED, a PCI slot for my sound card (which is also why I'd like to avoid the MSI board if possible since I'd have to sell my sound card and get one thats pci express.)
If anyone wants to share some thoughts on these choices that would be great. Also other suggestions for a board are also welcome. Just keep in mind the mentioned features above and the huge cooler that will be mounted on top. And I'd like to keep the price under 200$. I don't think that boards over that price range have anything that I will need.
Edited by sack_patrol, 14 March 2013 - 12:09 PM.