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Which MoBo, please!

I do not recommend Asus mobos as I have found them to be very RAM sensitive and not the most reliable mobos available. I'd recommend Gigabyte mobos for performance and reliability.
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  1. beenthere said:
    I do not recommend Asus mobos as I have found them to be very RAM sensitive and not the most reliable mobos available. I'd recommend Gigabyte mobos for performance and reliability.

    I have heard really good things about ASUS and that they are better than Gigabyte?

    Which one would you recommend anyway? Is it worth saving the $96? Also If you can, tell me which motherboard you would prefer out of these: http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=138_711_1183

    I want to keep the theme of my case blue as well so...

    Thanks!
  2. Which MoBo would you recommend out of these two:

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=138_711_1183&products_id=17497 $315

    Vs.

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=138_711_1183&products_id=17336 $219

    I will be gaming with this MoBo and overclocking. I also want a nice BIOS and thats about it :D

    Thanks!
  3. Please can someone give me some insight? I need to know ASAP :)

    Thanks!
  4. Go with Asus, I've built 4 pc's with them, no probs whatsoever. Didn't have to tweak rm voltage settings either. Asrock I hear is a pretty good budget brand.
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  5. phatbuddha79 said:
    Go with Asus, I've built 4 pc's with them, no probs whatsoever. Didn't have to tweak rm voltage settings either. Asrock I hear is a pretty good budget brand.
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    Which one?
  6. deluxe

    gigabyte are okay, but asus are far more reliable and if you encounter any problems...RMA's are fast.

    I'm asus user and have also worked with gigabyte - rather happy with the former than latter.

    You could go with the asrock - they were basically a branchoff/sister concern of asus thus the AS infront of Asrock :P ... corny huh?

    Edit;
    just remembered, be sure to look out for the BIOS revision/update where you can drop in the ivy bridge 1155 package in your Z68.

    However if your sticking with Z68 than look no further than this - highly praised here on tom's and other forum threads or if you want to skimp on things - get this

    FYI - the Fatal1ty board seems more feature rich on the back panel, THX and the color scheme as well...can't go wrong with that.

    ASrock have improved on their hardware build quality since 2008...so rest assured you're getting a good mobo.
  7. Lutfij said:
    deluxe

    gigabyte are okay, but asus are far more reliable and if you encounter any problems...RMA's are fast.

    I'm asus user and have also worked with gigabyte - rather happy with the former than latter.

    You could go with the asrock - they were basically a branchoff/sister concern of asus thus the AS infront of Asrock :P ... corny huh?

    Edit;
    just remembered, be sure to look out for the BIOS revision/update where you can drop in the ivy bridge 1155 package in your Z68.

    However if your sticking with Z68 than look no further than this - highly praised here on tom's and other forum threads or if you want to skimp on things - get this

    FYI - the Fatal1ty board seems more feature rich on the back panel, THX and the color scheme as well...can't go wrong with that.

    ASrock have improved on their hardware build quality since 2008...so rest assured you're getting a good mobo.

    Hi there, I have actually thought of these two motherboards instead.

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=138_711_1183&products_id=17937

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=138_711_1183&products_id=17734

    Which one would you recommend? Also I will be running 2 of these GPU's

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=17326

    I dont really understand the 16x 16x vs 8x 8x, but will any of these motherboards support 16x 16x?

    Also what is the difference between 16x 16x and 8x 8x? Do I need 16x 16x?

    Thanks!
  8. ASRock Z68 Fatal1ty Professional Gen3 is a good buy, however this would probably be a better all rounder: http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=138_711_1183&products_id=17177
  9. I would like to have the motherboad red/black as well to suit my PC.

    Could someone give me info on 8x 8 vs 16x 16x?

    Thanks.
  10. Best answer
    go with the Z68 Fatal1ty:
    1| you're going to run sli which are dual slot coolers...i think 2.5 slots wide so you won't have heating issues when you'll have two of them 560's side by side
    2| the maximus gene-z is okay but you'll later understand that the slots are really close to eachother. I've been checking out these two forum threads;

    http://www.overclock.net/intel-motherboards/1123950-official-asrock-fatal1ty-z68-professional-gen.html

    http://www.overclock.net/intel-motherboards/1004219-official-asus-rog-maximus-iv-gene.html

    and by the looks of things with all the additional bells and whistles, the fatal1ty edges out ahead. FYI - you're going to run a 2 way sli so an NF200chipped mobo isn't needed.

    yeah go with the Fatal1ty :)

    if you want more info on the lanes - google it or look at the links i just posted of your respective mobo's... okay here you go;
    http://www.brighthub.com/computing/hardware/articles/23286.aspx
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PCI_Express

    happy reading
  11. appleshaq said:
    I would like to have the motherboad red/black as well to suit my PC.

    Could someone give me info on 8x 8 vs 16x 16x?

    Thanks.

    no real difference,the 16x/16x may give you a couple more frames per second at low resolutions, but as the resolution gets higher the lower the difference becomes. It will become more important only when cards double in speed, which will be a while.
  12. He is completely right, not much difference in reality between 16x/16x and 8x/8x
  13. Are there any motherboards on this list that support 16x 16x?

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=138_711_1183

    Thanks, and could you link them for me, I am really new to computers and don't really understand all the writing :/
  14. this explains why ;




    now if you truly want x16/x16 when both slots are populated than you either need to go with the Intel X38 or X48 or X58 or X79 chipsets.

    now the first three are obsolete so forget about them - the X79 however will kill your budget and its not yet released. Your best chance is the x8/x8 found on P67 and Z68 mobo's

    ** it really doesn't matter as you'll be running them on PCI-E 2.0 slots and you're not going to experience any bottleneck with frame rates unless you have enhanced perception like Clark Kent.
  15. Lutfij said:
    this explains why ;
    http://www.intel.com/content/dam/staging/image/Laura/P67_block-diagram_450x408.jpg

    http://www.intel.com/content/dam/staging/image/Laura/Z68-Block-Diagram_450x408.jpg

    now if you truly want x16/x16 when both slots are poulated than you either need to go X38 or X48 or X58 or X79

    now the first three are obsolete so forget about them - the x79 howvere will kill your budget and its not yet released. Your best chance is the x8/x8 found on P67 and Z68 mobo's

    Thanks so much for your help :)
  16. Best answer selected by appleshaq.
  17. even though i thank you for the vote: i need to know, do you understand all thas been mentioned here? since there isn't any point just nodding your head if you haven't understood it :)
  18. Well, I have understood most of it. Basically you are saying only previous boards support 16x 16x and the newer one that is not yet released.

    I have picked the Fatal1ty board and hopefully it will be adequate for what I need. Thanks for the help, just one last question.

    Would you recommend this card on SLI on this card?

    Single (knowing I wouldn't SLI) http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=193_1170&products_id=17070

    SLI (x2) http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=193_1193&products_id=17326

    So basically 16x vs 8x 8x.

    Thanks!
  19. ^ not adequate - rather.... plenty of opportunities for you to work around that mobo :)

    okay now we're going into another discussion: fine lets keep it simple.

    if you get 2xGTX 560Ti's they will out-perform a single GTX 580. Like i said before, lanes don't matter much as you already have a PCI-E 2.0 running at x8 speeds - no bottleneck issue whatsoever.
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