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Which motherboard? (Low budget office computer: i3-3225 + H61 mobo)

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Hey everyone, my mom's old Win XP, 2 GB RAM, 2.8 GHz P4 HT office computer is pretty slow, so I'm thinking of getting her a new build.


MC has an i3-3225 for $119.99, so I'm thinking of getting that since it's the cheapest processor with integrated graphics that qualifies for the processor+motherboard bundle discount.
I plan on installing pairing this processor with a 64 GB SSD with Windows 7, an ODD, and 4 GB of RAM.

This leads me to my next question.. which motherboard is better?

http://www.microcenter.com/product/377387/GA-H61M-DS2_LGA_1155_H61_mATX_Intel_Motherboard
^--39.99 after discount+rebates

http://www.microcenter.com/product/388089/H61M-HVS_H61_1155_mATX_Intel_Motherboard
^--49.99 after discount+rebates

I know both motherboards above don't have DVI inputs which is fine, her monitor is VGA only anyway. USB 3 isn't necessary, nor is overclocking potential; like I said, this is a low budget office build. I'm just not sure whether or not it's worth spending the extra $10 on the ASRock motherboard.
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Gigabyte and asRock are both good, so I'd go for the $10 savings.
 
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BitoHeaven
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Cigar ATX PC
(14 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
Intel i7 4770k @ 4.5GHz Asus Maximus VI Gene Gigabyte R9 290 @ 1160MHz/1350MHz Gigabyte R9 290 @ 1160MHz/1350MHz 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
G.Skill Trident X 2X8GB DDR3 2400MHz Samsung 840 PRO 256GB  Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 3TB SATA III 6Gb/s 64... Pioneer Blu-ray Burner 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
Liquid Single Loop Triple Radiators Win 7 SP1 Professional x64bit  Nixeus EDG 27" IPS 1440p 144Hz 4ms FreeSync (30... Samsung SynchMaster 24" TN 1200p 60Hz 5ms TFT-L... 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G15 EVGA SuperNOVA G2 1300w 80+ Gold Fully Modular  Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 Microsoft Sidewinder X5 
Mouse PadAudio
Allsop Redmond Mouse Pad Cambridge Soundworks 5.1 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-3570K @ 4.6GHz ASRock Z77E-ITX mITX  Sapphire HD 7990 @ 1090MHz/1600MHz G.SKILL Ripjaws 2X4GB DDR3-1600 @ 1866MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Crucial SSD 128GB mSATA SATA III 6GB  Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB SATA II 32MB 7200RPM LG DVD R/W SATA with LightScribe Corsair Cooling Hydro Series H100 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Win 7 Professional x64bit Samsung 52" 1080p 60Hz LCD Logitech Wireless K330 Corsair AX850 Gold Fully Modular 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
BitFenix Prodigy Mini-ATX Black  Logitech Wireless M215 Corsair Vengeance MM200 Yamaha RX-V681 & PSB/Polk Audio 5.1 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Athlon II X4 640 ASRock N68C-GS NVIDIA 6600GT G. Skill Ripjaws DDR3 1600MHz 
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WD Caviar Blue 500GB 16MB Cache 7200RPM LG Optical Drive Thermaltake Max Orb Windows 7 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Viewsonic 19” Flatscreen CRT Gigabyte GK-K6800 103  Thermaltake TR2 600W Cigar Boxes 
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