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September 27, 2011 4:14:01 PM

Hi guys Im new to the pc building community but im trying to learn as much as i can. I want to build a gaming computer in the next month or so. Lately, I have been looking at some motherboards to pair up with an i5 2500k. Im planning on using the computer for lots of gaming and maybe some video editing here and there. I would like the board to be a z68 board and my max spending amount for one is $250 US. I only wanna go up that high if it fits my needs and it works out to be the best solution. So far I have been looking alot at a few boards and need some help choosing which one is best.

ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 LGA 1155 Z68 ATX Intel Motherboard http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

ASUS P8Z68-V PRO LGA 1155 Z68 ATX Intel Motherboard http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

ASUS P8Z68 DELUXE LGA 1155 Z68 ATX Intel Motherboard http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD4 LGA 1155 Z68 ATX Intel Motherboard http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

As of now Im liking the ASRock Extreme4 Gen3. I do plan on going with some sli in the future but for the beginning Im planning to use only a single card until i save up enough for the second one. I am up to any other suggestions as well other than these choices. I know you guys know your stuff when it comes to things like this so please help me out with this one. thank you very much

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September 27, 2011 4:33:02 PM

Based on my 20 years of building high end PCs I can not recommend Asus mobos as I have found them to be RAM sensitive and sometimes unreliable. Asus also has little to no customer support IME. The only two mobos that I have had fail in 20 years were two different Asus model mobos.

In my experience after using all the major mobo brands, I find Gigabyte to be the best performing and most reliable mobos. That would be my choice and recommendation.
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