For my new build, I would like to buy a z68 mobo (i intend to use the caching feature on it). I will be running a i7 2600k and intend to overclock but new to the whole overclocking thing so would like an easy overclocker. I would also like it to have decent intergrated sound.
I have read the article on Tom's and have found that there are better mobos for $300.
Buget: $300 AUD (Australian Dollars)
Main Use: Gaming FPS, Internet browsing and school work.
I have been looking at the:
-Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD5-B3 Motherboard
-ASRock FATAL1TY Z68 PROFESSIONAL
-Asus P8Z68 DELUXE
I know you do not have the option of buying from Newegg, but just for reference, the one I'd get if I were building an Intel rig is this ASRock: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It has a PLX chip on it, which means it can Crossfire or SLI at x8,x8 instead of x16,x4, and I can use any/all ports without giving up others.
Asus and Gigabyte are top boards. AsRock is still a little behing, though catching up fast.
Gigabyte has more USB 3.0 ports (8 x 4); Asus has more SATA III ports (4 x 2). Both have front panel USB 3.0.
I happen to find Asus mobos better looking but, out of that, either one is great lol.