Ok so I know most everyone always says to get the ASRock mobo that comes bundled but honeslty I dont want a budget mobo. I would rather get an Asus or Gigabyte, so I have narrowed it down to these
Case: NZXT Phantom 820
CPU: i7 3770K boxed (purchased @ frys for 229.99 (microcenter price match
Cooler: Noctua NH-C14
Asus P8Z77-V Pro
Asus P8Z77-V Deluxe
Asus Maximus V Formula
Gigabyte G1.Sniper 3
Ram: Mushkin Backline 2 x 8gb 997069
Samsung 840 Pro 256 gb
WD Black Caviar 1 TB (I am going to have 2. One new and one from my old pc)
Power Suppply: Black Friday deal hopefully
Video Card: EVGA gtx 670 (one now, one more after 3 months)
Criteria I want:
I want to have a fast effective quiet machine.
I want to be able to hit 4.0-4.2 on air and have it stable.
I want to have the rig in SLI after 3 months
I need an optical out for my home theater
I want enough eSATA cables for 2 HDD 2 SSD and a blu ray combo.
I do not know if I was going to OC the ram but I could try for fun.
I want as many USB ports as possible. Right now I use:
1 Xbox Controller
1 Reason ignition key
1 Line 6 pod X3
1 Digital Camera
Total - 9
With my case, the flash card reader is in there so I will not need to hook up my camera.
I would rather have overkill on USB and keep them all neat vs. not enough.
I am not sure how the case fans hook up since the case has the fan control built in. I do
however like the fan xpert 2 of the Asus boards. One benefit of the Formula is the dual CPU fan control since I will be using the Noctua NH-C14.
My thoughts now:
As of now I am leaning towards the sniper due to the ability of SLI 16x 16X vs the rest of the boards being 8x8x. Plus, I really like the 1970's muscle car color scheme.
But I do like the wifi/bluetooth of the deluxe. I am just not sure if the deluxe can keep as steady of an OC as the formula for the same price.
Which one would you choose? Open to new boards as long as its not ASRock.