MOBO for 2500k Build

having a very hard time deciding on the best motherboard for the build options are

GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

ASRock P67 EXTREME4 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

ASRock Z68 PRO3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

I am open to any other suggestions also i would just like the best performance/upgradability for the setup

build specs:


APEVIA X-TROOPER Series X-TRP-RD Black / Red Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case



SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive



SAPPHIRE 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card



Antec EarthWatts Series EA-750 Green 750W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active ...



G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9S-4GBRL


Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
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  1. I would absolutely (given that list) go with the Gigabyte board.

    Asus and Gigabyte are definitely some of the best made boards out there, and they seem to work well with very few issues.

    ASRock I have seen a decent amount of issues with, so I would steer clear of them. But that's just me :)
  2. Compare the features and select the board based on that! I personally would get the extreme3 but then again that would be based on my needs!
  3. not limited to just the boards i have posted i am more then willing to select one not listed i would just like the best for the money with the best options as for as upgradability for the future and thank you for the imput
  4. I would also look at these along with the gigabyte

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131786

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131759

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188097

    The last 2 being High end gaming boards, designed to perform well at stock clocks, or overclock very well.
  5. Thank you for the review pages out of the 100-160$ do you have a personal preference?
  6. I just recently decided to migrate to a Z68 motherboard and i5 2500K and I bought the Asus P8Z68-V Pro.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131730
  7. I would love your choice however this is a build for a family member and im limited to the 100-160 or so range....its looking like im leaning towards the

    GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    over my previous choice of the

    ASRock P67 EXTREME4 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    or

    GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    though i am still a fan of the ga z68 d3h-b3 price tag of 113..however i would like everyones thoughts of going with the GA-Z68xp-UD3 over my other choices

    Thanks again
  8. The D3H is a good choice for the price unless you need the extra 6GB SATA or USB3 ports http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007627%2050001314%20600093976%20600158412&IsNodeId=1&bop=And&CompareItemList=280|13-128-502^13-128-502-TS%2C13-128-512^13-128-512-TS
  9. The UD3 has more USB ports and SATA Ports

    The D3H has more PCIe x1 slots, and more connectors for the IGP (Internal Graphics Processor) D-Sub, DVI-D, HDMI vs only HDMI
  10. I'm also deciding between...

    i5-2500k

    GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3
    GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3
    GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

    I've read people have overclocked the i5-2500k upto 4.8 ghz on these cheaper boards but other people say the more expensive boards are more stable. But my idea of a stable and cheap, plug and play build is just the GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 and the 1333 mhz ram.

    I have a GTX 460 1 GB, Antec True Power 750 Watt, and Spinpoint F3 already, I wish I had a more powerful video card for gaming at maxed out settings, and possibly a solid state once they go down in price and are totally stable.

    Let me know what you choose!
  11. I dont think id go with any of those motherboards.
    The main reasonis they are more expensive and dont offer much benefit anyway.
    Many cheaper versions perform just as well, overclock very close.

    Perhaps you should check what of those has the conexions you need/will need.
  12. itzdanielp said:
    I would absolutely (given that list) go with the Gigabyte board.

    Asus and Gigabyte are definitely some of the best made boards out there, and they seem to work well with very few issues.

    ASRock I have seen a decent amount of issues with, so I would steer clear of them. But that's just me :)


    I always ran with ASUS, but recently I've seen A LOT of RMA requests for the ASUS P8P67 series motherboards on Newegg Feedback, and it made me think about going elsewhere. The main thing I care about is will I have any issues and downtime. That means more than overall performance to me.

    I think i'll go with the

    ASRock P67 EXTREME4 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - $169.99 on Newegg
  13. I recently purchased an Asrock extreme4 gen3 and I am very very happy with it. The BIOS is very good and my 2500k is running at 4.8ghz without any problems. It is also very good looking and has very good connectivity and expansion slots. So that's my vote.
  14. I have just ordered Asrock z68 extreme3 for my i5 2500k project. $120 shipped after coupon

    http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-Z68E3G3
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