I know Giant Bomb isn't exactly the site for PC hardware stuff, but I don't feel like registering at a tech site forum right now and I know there are some knowledgeable PC duders here :)
I'm thinking about upgrading to any Ivy Bridge CPU and holy crap I have never seen the market flooded with so many different models for the same chipset. I mean Asus alone has like 30 different Z77 motherboards, it's ridiculous. I'm kind of paralyzed by the variety of choice.
So here's some general info/criteria if this helps narrow down a recommendation:
- For the CPU I'm probably going to get a 3570K.
- My video card is a GTX 680 and I never plan to go multi-GPU
- I have a Creative X-Fi Titanium PCIe that I will probably continue to use for sound so on-board sound doesn't really matter
- I have no need of old school PCI slots (though I don't care if they're there)
- I have a 160GB Intel SSD (sadly SATA 2 only) that I will continue to use as my main program drive
- I have a 320GB Seagate HDD that I use for media storage only (in other words I don't really need the SRT stuff)
- If I overclock, it will be mild - I'd probably just increase boost clocks 1 or 2 multipliers at most.
- I want to spend less than $160
I like EVGA products (my last two mobos were EVGA), but even their Z75 mobo (which I'm fine with because I don't need SRT) is $180, which is too pricey and probably a lot higher end than I actually need.
Failing any specific model recommendation, I would still appreciate any general brand recommendations (other than EVGA as stated) since I don't really know what the various brand reputations are like these days.