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Help find cheap z68 OC motherboard & memory

Hi everyone, I'm a first-time builder and I really need help to find a reasonably-priced motherboard.
I will use an intel i5-2500k core, with Z68 chipset. I will overclock.

Can someone please recommend some motherboard models to me?
I don't need CF or SLI, as I won't play games and will only use on-board graphics card.
(Mostly, will use applications like Matlab)


Also, how much ram do I need? 8GB. And which (cheap) models will be good for overclocking?

Many thanks.
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  1. tripelvio said:

    Can someone please recommend some motherboard models to me?
    I don't need CF or SLI, as I won't play games and will only use on-board graphics card.
    (Mostly, will use applications like Matlab)


    Also, how much ram do I need? 8GB.


    I just purchased the Asrock Z68 Fatal1ty board, which isn't cheap, but what was recommended to me but didn't have all the features I desired was the Asrock Z68 Pro 3:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157252


    Might fit your bill. I'm starting off with 8gb of RAM. Newegg had this 8gb Ripjaws X on sale for $49.99 just a couple days ago, and not a bad deal at $59.99:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428
  2. After some thoughts, I have decided that a better quality motherboard is probably worth the money. I have chosen a Asus P8Z68-V Pro.
    But thanks for your suggestions anyway.
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    tripelvio said:
    After some thoughts, I have decided that a better quality motherboard is probably worth the money. I have chosen a Asus P8Z68-V Pro.
    But thanks for your suggestions anyway.


    That board may have issues with slow boot time. Update BIOS first thing, although that didn't fix it for all:
    http://www.overclockers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=680382

    Not that big a deal if you don't mind waiting or don't power down much. But my Asus p5wdh deluxe has a slow boot time. Didn't seem like a big deal at first, but very annoying when doing your build and going through restarts. Over time it remained a major annoyance waiting. Other than that, great board though. Rarely can you go wrong with Asus.
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