So I'm going for a whole new setup to replace my 6 year old broken one. I've narrowed it down to 3 boards and was hoping people here would maybe have some experience with them.
MSI Z270 GAMING PRO CARBON
MSI Z270 GAMING M5
Gigabyte GA-Z270-Gaming K3
Having spent the last 2 weeks looking up reviews, these are my final 3 candidates. I'd love to know if theres any little quirks each one might have. Like the MSI M5 for instance I read that depending which M2 slot you use, the first two or last two SATA ports become disabled. I havent seen mention anything in regards to the Carbon but that doesnt mean much.
My other question regarding ram is a little easier. To accompany my i7700 I'd like some feedback on ram. Currently the Gskill tridants seem to be stupidly well regarded, although I'm a huge kingston hyperX fan. I'm more interested in the speeds though. What sort of speed should I be looking at, ie 2100 / 3200 / 4000 etc, and what would each show me in terms of performance in programs/gaming/overclocking? Thanks heaps for any replies.