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Having hard time choosing a Z68...

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July 10, 2011 5:01:06 PM

So I'm building a new gaming rig, intel 2500k, 8g ram 1600, 570gtx, etc...

I want to get a z68 mobo but I cant decide wich one to get...

Like wats the difference between those...

is it rly worth it to pay 200$+ for a mobo? and yes I plan to OC

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July 10, 2011 9:48:30 PM

Hey well I'm a Noob but I'll help you out all i can, first you need to list all your other components. And as for the GA-Z68X-UD3-B3 it does not have the Lucid Virtu feature. Also is it worth paying 200 dollars for a motherboard? Well it depends on what components and feature you need.
July 10, 2011 9:58:39 PM

CASE : COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

STORAGE : Western Digital Caviar Blue WD7500AALX 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

MEMORY : G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL

CPU : Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

PSU : Seasonic SS-850HT 850W ATX12V v2.31,EPS12V v2.92 80Plus Silver Certified, Active PFC Power Supply - OEM

VIDEO : EVGA 012-P3-1570-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

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July 10, 2011 10:27:37 PM

Ok based on the motherboards you choose The two Gigabyte motherboards only have a single slot in between the Pci 2.0 so if your going to sli your not going to have good air flow. Also are you plan on using the feature that z68 motherboards offer if not P67 will be sufficient. But if i would have to choose a z68 motherboard i would get a MSI Z68A-GD65 . It offers good overclocking feature plus is a little cheaper than the asrock. And also for the gigabyte motherboard they are more mainstream boards they don't have all the power phasing and drmos feature that the Asrock or the Msi motherboard i suggested.
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July 11, 2011 4:13:47 AM

I can't help you unless you fill this out so I know what your preferences are:

I'd say this one, but it's out of stock on and you're in Canada and I can't find it on

If you're not that hardcore of an overclocker though, this should do:
It won't get you a 4.9GHz OC, but your system will still scream.

Get Z68 merely because there's no downside to it compared to P67. They're the same price and it has all the same features.
July 11, 2011 4:52:07 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: 2-3 weeks from now or so

Budget Range: (e.g.: 600-800) unlimited

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country of Origin: Canada

Parts Preferences: z68 mobo standard ATX

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

a b V Motherboard
July 11, 2011 6:31:09 AM

Your original choices are pretty good. So here's tips on various parts that you don't actually need. You're in the same boat as me--can afford whatever is worth getting. I'd actually try to save some cash here or there and put a OCZ Vertex 3 SSD in the build though, it'll improve the impression the new build gives you.

If you have no cost limitations, I'd get this one. It's very similar to the Gigabyte I linked on with the 12 Phase power design, it SHOULD overclock like crazy...but I haven't used it personally.

RAM: So long is it's 8GB (2x4GB) 1600CL9 or faster, you're good

PSU: Your Seasonic or any Antec, Corsair, or XFX. 750W would be adequate for SLI'd GTX 570's.

Graphics: $330 Any GTX 570. I'd go for the Asus DCII because it supposedly overclocks better or one of the XFX ones with lifetime warranties.

HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB. It's as fast as a Caviar Black, but much cheaper. On Newegg.COM, it's $50 right now. I don't know how to get it to Canada for cheap though, sorry.