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Please suggest a motherboard for my i7 2600k

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August 25, 2011 10:17:38 AM

Hi guys,

I'm confused between a lot of core i7 boards. :sweat: 
Please suggest a good and less expensive motherboard, preferably from Z68 or P67 chipset for my i7 2600k. I'm on a tight budget so I don't need an expensive one. I want good performance and overclocking support.
For any Z68 boards, the Lucid Virtu supported ones would be great.

My specs are:
i7 2600k
GSkill 4GB 1600MHz
nVidia 9600GT
Corsair 500W PSU
17" Samsung CRT
Hitachi 500GB HDD

Thanks :) 



August 26, 2011 6:51:25 AM

raziel666 said:
Hi guys,

I'm confused between a lot of core i7 boards. :sweat: 
Please suggest a good and less expensive motherboard, preferably from Z68 or P67 chipset for my i7 2600k. I'm on a tight budget so I don't need an expensive one. I want good performance and overclocking support.
For any Z68 boards, the Lucid Virtu supported ones would be great.

My specs are:
i7 2600k
GSkill 4GB 1600MHz
nVidia 9600GT
Corsair 500W PSU
17" Samsung CRT
Hitachi 500GB HDD

Thanks :) 


As per the Review here on Tom's , you may want to look at the ASRock Z68 Extreme4. I tend to lean towards the Asus myself, because I don't agree with the concerns brought up in the article regarding the problems around using the third slot at x4 (mainly because if I want to use three video cards, I'm going to purchase a higher level of motherboard).

So either the ASRock Z68 Extreme4 or the Asus P8Z68-V Pro.

Of course, tight budget and 'less expensive' are rather relative, so I don't know if those two are expensive for you or not. I also tend to subscribe to the idea that the motherboard is the last place you want to try to shave money off the budget.

I'm curious, judging by your build, why you are going with a i7 2600k? If you need that for production type activities, then I would think you would want 8-16 GB Ram instead of 4. If you are just gaming, then go with an i5-2500k and save $100 there, as you won't see any benefit with the i7.
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August 26, 2011 7:19:27 AM

My recommendations:

ASUS P8Z68-V PRO excellent board
OC+HD VIDEO ENCODING+GAMING SUPPORT on this board...
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August 26, 2011 7:33:13 AM

I'm also a bit puzzled as to why you would spend all your money on the CPU, but then skimp on the Mobo and stick with a 9600GT? You would have been better off going for the i5-2400 or 2500 and spending the extra cash elsewhere.
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August 26, 2011 3:40:27 PM

Thanks guys. I'm not a big gamer, but do a lot of 3D rendering and Photoshop works and this new CPU was very tempting so that I spent all money on it. I'm thinking to upgrade all the other stuffs one by one.

What do you guys think of this mobo compared to the Asus ?
GIGABYTE GA Z68MA D2H B3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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August 26, 2011 6:01:38 PM

Asus and Gigabyte are about the same in quality so go with the board that will save you some money.

Christian Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team
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August 27, 2011 7:17:00 AM

z68 chipset... whats a great motherboard for crossfire? im planning on getting like 6870 x 2 or 6950 maybe 6970's purely gaming... i just want to know which board will my 2 cards benefit and effeciency to keep up my fps longer.

i love my max graphics :) 
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