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September 27, 2011 4:18:27 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_ [...] id=0373373

ASUS P8Z68-V PRO LGA 1155 Z68 ATX Intel Motherboard http://www.microcenter.com/single_ [...] id=0364206

ASUS P8Z68 DELUXE LGA 1155 Z68 ATX Intel Motherboard http://www.microcenter.com/single_ [...] id=0366668

Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD4 LGA 1155 Z68 ATX Intel Motherboard http://www.microcenter.com/single_ [...] id=0366192

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 4:40:48 PM

Per the other thread I can't recommend Asus mobos due to their RAM sensitivity and poor cutomer support IME. Gigabyte delivers some of the best performing and most reliable mobos available. That would be my choice.
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September 27, 2011 4:46:33 PM

I have never had a problem with an ASRock mobo. It has been a while since I got an Asus Intel board, but the Asus AMD boards I've bought have been fine, including my current 990FX Sabertooth.
If I were building a SB rig, I'd probably get the ASRock. It has a PLX chip, so you don't have to give up some ports when you use others.
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September 27, 2011 4:58:12 PM

Thanks for your replies. I have really been liking the ASRock board lately. It has the pcie 3.0 for the ivy bridge processors coming out soon. Triple and quad sli ready is pretty sweet too. though i dont think i would go with anything over 2 cards at once. And i havent really seen many bad reviews on the board. Also i forgot to add in that ive already got an NZXT Phantom black case to house this. So both the ASRock board and the gigabyte board would look sick in it.
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September 28, 2011 7:08:07 PM

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