New build Motherboard Help

Looking to build a i5-2500k with dual 6950's and a 60gb ssd. Want to get a good motherboard but am at a loss. Right now I am looking at atx boards with the z68 platform like :
Asus p8z68 v pro
ASRock Z68 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z68
I was also looking at the gigabyte and MSI boards. The only two problems I have found is that I cannot seem to find any gigabyte mobos with virtu and am unfamiliar with MSI. I am mostly worried about MSI quality/durability. I want this to last for at least 5 years. I know that it will not play games at max but it will turn into my secondary computer in about 2-3 years. I cannot see buying a z68 mobo without the virtu. or shoud I just downgrade to the p8p67 board.
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  1. Either is fine, the differences are doodads and phases. IMO I prefer 12+2 phases, the P8Z68-V PRO is 12+4 and the ASRock Z68 Extreme4 is 8+2. In addition, there's a newer ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 {replacement} 8+4 with {PCIe 3.0 support though I cannot imagine any benefit with either the Z68 or Sandy Bridge PCIe 2.x limitations

    edit: listed for sale: ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 -

    You might want to examine the vCores per the 2nd spreadsheet - >
  2. Go with the ASUS board you posted. Just be sure to NOT skimp on a good PSU. (if you want a PC to last, avoid MSI)
  3. Yea got a good psu antec earthwatts 750 continous
    does anybody have any opinions about gigabyte or are they more of a hit and miss kind of board?
  4. Hmmm...ASUS owns ASRock.

    IMO - Corsair PSU ->

    Also, SSD Caching is for the birds, if possible upgrade your SSD for a 120GB {x2~x4} faster overall.
  5. Antec is a good brand for a PSU (never had any issues with em, other than I had a loose fan screw once). Gigabyte uses a simpler BIOS (fewer options, but easier to navigate), more for OC'ing beginners. However they are very reliable, and usually have a dual BIOS chip (helps if you mess up a flash, as it reverts to the last good one).

    P.S. If you want the system to last for 5 years don't bother with SSD's, pick up a WD VelociRaptor drive instead.

    Yes ASUS makes ASRock, however Rock is their generic OEM board (used often by Dell, Toshiba, ect...), much like LianLi is to Lancool. Either way they are still better than MSI.
  6. Get the ASRock, here's more convincing if you need it:,2939.html

    I also advise the Corsair TX750 suggested by jaquith and do consider a 120GB SSD as mentioned.
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