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choosing between asus z170 Maximus VIII Hero Alpha, ASUS Republic of Gamers Z170 Express Maximus VIII Hero and gigabyte g5

http://www.microcenter.com/product/452548/Republic_of_Gamers_Z170_Express_Maximus_VIII_Hero_LGA_1151_ATX_Intel_Motherboard
(RoG z170 express Maximus VIII Hero - 184.99)

http://www.microcenter.com/product/458824/Z170_Maximus_VIII_Hero_Alpha_LGA_1151_ATX_Intel_Motherboard
(Asus Z170 Maximus VIII Hero Alpha - 249.99 and 30 asus gift card which makes it 219.99)

http://www.microcenter.com/product/452530/Z170X-Gaming_5_LGA_1151_ATX_Intel_Motherboard
(Gigabyte G5 - 136.99)

Planning to use Gtx 1070. So I will just buy the mobo and processor first since it is on sale.
I am just trying to get the best value out my money. Since the price for these mobo is not that close so I need some help deciding which one I should buy.

Thank you.
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  1. Any of the ASUS HERO boards are fantastic.

    (RoG z170 express Maximus VIII Hero - 184.99)
    :)
  2. Best answer
    Bear in mind that the motherboard has almost no impact on performance. If you're going to be overclocking, potentially a better motherboard can squeeze a tiny bit extra out of the CPU, but unless you're pushing your OC to the max, motherboard from a performance perspective is pretty much irrelevant.

    What you pay for with a motherboard are features. If I were in your shoes, I'd be putting the feature list side-by-side and seeing whether the additional features on the more expensive boards are worth it *for you*. Generally speaking, high end motherboards are not a good way to spend your budget if bang-for-your-buck is the main goal. But you might value USB 3.1Gen2, M.2 slots, extra SATA ports, NICs, better audio solutions, etc... if those things add value for you then the higher priced boards might make sense.
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