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October 30, 2011 12:27:57 AM

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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October 30, 2011 12:35:25 AM

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&cPa...

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

Thanks!
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October 30, 2011 4:58:57 AM

Please can someone give me some insight? I need to know ASAP :) 

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October 30, 2011 5:07:53 AM

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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October 30, 2011 6:38:49 AM

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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October 31, 2011 6:08:41 AM

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?

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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.
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October 31, 2011 7:18:03 AM

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_i...

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

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

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

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!

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October 31, 2011 7:56:58 AM

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?

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October 31, 2011 8:08:40 AM

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-off...

http://www.overclock.net/intel-motherboards/1004219-off...

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/23...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PCI_Express

happy reading
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October 31, 2011 8:19:30 AM

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.
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October 31, 2011 8:26:20 AM

He is completely right, not much difference in reality between 16x/16x and 8x/8x
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October 31, 2011 10:10:38 AM

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.
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October 31, 2011 10:12:55 AM

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 :) 
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October 31, 2011 10:13:14 AM

Best answer selected by appleshaq.
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October 31, 2011 10:16:31 AM

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 :) 
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October 31, 2011 10:22:01 AM

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_i...

SLI (x2) http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

So basically 16x vs 8x 8x.

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October 31, 2011 10:27:01 AM

^ 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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October 31, 2011 11:02:07 AM

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