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Just have to ask, are you going to overclock? If so, i would recommend the Asrock Z77 or the P8Z77-I Deluxe. But the Gigabyte Z77 and MSI Z77I are both capable too. Read these reviews and you can decide for yourself. If going the budget route. i think the MSI mobo is cheaper. But i am not 100% sure.
Gigabyte: http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/5240/gigabyte-z77n-wifi-intel-z77-mini-itx-motherboard-review/index4.html
And for other Z77 motherboards: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/mini-itx-z77-motherboard,3389-8.html
Don't go for the Stinger, it has bios issues. These are pretty much all the choices you can get from Z77
P8Z77I-deluxe is the most expensive
Stinger is up there in terms of price
Asrock Z77E-itx is the middle ground
And you have MSI and Gigabyte at the budget level.
They all come with wifi except for the Stinger.

No, I won't be overclocking. I'll go with the MSI mobo that you recommend. It's cheaper too.

Lastly, Steam OS or Windows 7? No Windows 8 as I don't want them getting confused of the Metro interface (remember this are 7 & 10 y.o.). Right now I like the Steam OS cuz it's free. As long as I can install a web browser on it so they can at least also surf the internet & also install a TeamSpeak 3 app so I can talk also with them when they are gaming (I got a TeamSpeak server running on my Synology DS214play NAS).
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No, I won't be overclocking. I'll go with the MSI mobo that you recommend. It's cheaper too.

Lastly, Steam OS or Windows 7? No Windows 8 as I don't want them getting confused of the Metro interface (remember this are 7 & 10 y.o.). Right now I like the Steam OS cuz it's free. As long as I can install a web browser on it so they can at least also surf the internet & also install a TeamSpeak 3 app so I can talk also with them when they are gaming (I got a TeamSpeak server running on my Synology DS214play NAS).

If your not overclocking, then get a H77 board, they are far cheaper than Z77. Only down side is no multiplier modification and the inability of splitting the 16x into 8x and 8x. But since we are going for a Mitx build, that doesn't matter.
List: http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/H77M-ITX/
https://www.asus.com/Motherboards/P8H77I/
http://www.gigabyte.us/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4338#ov
http://www.zotacusa.com/zotac-h77-itx-wifi-h77itx-b-e.html
MSI never made a H77 mitx

I would probably go for Windows 7, just for better flexibility. Since when your kids grow up, they can use the computer as a working platform.
Plus, there are some games you can't get on SteamOS which include Origin Games like BF4, Fifa or TitanFall which your kids might want to play.
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