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ASUS P8Z68-V vs ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 vs GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3

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September 30, 2011 8:06:41 PM

Building a new PC mainly to play 3D vision games with both 23' 1080p 120 hz monitor or a 1080p projector Or a 720P 3d projector. However I am having trouble deciding which motherboard I should select, so I hope someone helps me out here figuring out which one I should get:

$114
GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=13-128-...

$130
ASUS P8Z68-V LE LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$125
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


My budget for motherboard is under $135 and I do require that mobo at least have 1 HDMI [which all have]. Please help me decide which is better!

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This is what my build is going to be like:
CPU Intel Core i5-2500
EVGA SuperClocked GeForce GTX 570(Fermi)
Memory G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series(2 x 2GB)
HDD SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB
Case Rosewill Smart One ATX Mid Tower Computer
Power Supply CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-850TX 850W SLI Certified

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a c 121 V Motherboard
September 30, 2011 8:40:12 PM

All 3 models you are showing are very similar, and all offer pretty much the same features.

I personally would go with either the Asus or Gigabyte brands, the Gigabyte is a little less expensive, for pretty much the same item so I would go with that one.
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September 30, 2011 9:01:03 PM

itzdanielp said:
All 3 models you are showing are very similar, and all offer pretty much the same features.

I personally would go with either the Asus or Gigabyte brands, the Gigabyte is a little less expensive, for pretty much the same item so I would go with that one.


However according to the review below for Gigabyte, it says this:

-the D3H is 2cm slimmer than a standard ATX motherboard
-the heatsink cooling the MOSFETs has been scaled down to a tiny size to save costs. [IS THAT EVEN IMPORTANT]?

Should I still get it even though it has 3 yr. warranty [same as ASUS one; Asrock has only 2 year warranty for some reason]
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a c 121 V Motherboard
September 30, 2011 10:25:53 PM

the 2cm should not make any difference at all, especially since you can get the Asus Maximus IV in a MATX form factor.

Also, you are getting a standard i5 2500, so you will not be overclocking. The heatsink over the MOFSET's will be more than enough for standard clocks, since those are what the designer engineered them for.
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October 1, 2011 2:10:04 AM

itzdanielp said:
the 2cm should not make any difference at all, especially since you can get the Asus Maximus IV in a MATX form factor.

Also, you are getting a standard i5 2500, so you will not be overclocking. The heatsink over the MOFSET's will be more than enough for standard clocks, since those are what the designer engineered them for.

But i am geting a OCed graphic card. So wont that make a differece for this mobo?
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October 1, 2011 7:22:25 AM

otaku3230 said:
However according to the review below for Gigabyte, it says this:

-the D3H is 2cm slimmer than a standard ATX motherboard
-the heatsink cooling the MOSFETs has been scaled down to a tiny size to save costs. [IS THAT EVEN IMPORTANT]?
Where is the source of that review?
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October 1, 2011 7:27:11 AM

itzdanielp said:
The heatsink over the MOFSET's will be more than enough for standard clocks, since those are what the designer engineered them for.
How do you know what the Gigabyte engineers had in mind? And doesn't this Gigabyte board come with a BIOS designed to make OC'g easy?
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October 1, 2011 7:31:49 AM

otaku3230 said:
Building a new PC mainly to play 3D vision games

$114
GIGABYTE GA-Z68A
$130
ASUS P8Z68-V
ASRock Z68 Extreme3

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This is what my build is going to be like:
CPU Intel Core i5-2500

Why aren't you getting a K CPU so you can overclock it; and if you really want to just play games and not OC it, why are you looking at Z68 motherboards, instead of H67 motherboards?
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a b V Motherboard
October 1, 2011 9:40:58 AM

The gigabyte has the old BIOS instead of UEFI, so strike that from your list purely for that. The asus only has 16x/4x pcie lanes which sucks for crossfire and isnt capable of SLI, so strike that off your list. The Asrock has 8x/8x pcie, supports SLI and crossfire, has newer UEFI BIOS and supports upcoming pcie3 and Intel Ivy bridge CPU's and judging from forums its a decent enough overclocker if your into that.On top of that it looks way cooler. Its a no-brainer, go for the Asrock.
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a b V Motherboard
October 1, 2011 11:40:08 AM

iam2thecrowe said:
The gigabyte has the old BIOS instead of UEFI, so strike that from your list purely for that. The asus only has 16x/4x pcie lanes which sucks for crossfire and isnt capable of SLI, so strike that off your list. The Asrock has 8x/8x pcie, supports SLI and crossfire, has newer UEFI BIOS and supports upcoming pcie3 and Intel Ivy bridge CPU's and judging from forums its a decent enough overclocker if your into that.On top of that it looks way cooler. Its a no-brainer, go for the Asrock.

+1

I was curious when someone was finally going to point out that the Asus board wasn't meant for dual cards.
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October 1, 2011 5:18:01 PM

iam2thecrowe said:
The gigabyte has the old BIOS instead of UEFI, so strike that from your list purely for that. The asus only has 16x/4x pcie lanes which sucks for crossfire and isnt capable of SLI, so strike that off your list. The Asrock has 8x/8x pcie, supports SLI and crossfire, has newer UEFI BIOS and supports upcoming pcie3 and Intel Ivy bridge CPU's and judging from forums its a decent enough overclocker if your into that.On top of that it looks way cooler. Its a no-brainer, go for the Asrock.



Okay thanks for the MUCH NEEDED INFO. I didn't know that. Otherwise i would have gotten the wrong one! Anyway, do I have to worry about the 2 year warranty by Asrock or it will be fine [will only overclocking the graphic cards only]
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October 1, 2011 5:27:08 PM

TomBrooklyn said:
Why aren't you getting a K CPU so you can overclock it; and if you really want to just play games and not OC it, why are you looking at Z68 motherboards, instead of H67 motherboards?



1. Well newegg had the cheaper Z68 mobo than H67 so that is why I am getting that one and I think I will get ASROCK. Is OC the i5-2500k easy?
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a b V Motherboard
October 1, 2011 6:18:10 PM

You should think about the 2500K - OCing isn't what it used to be - much better results with less struggle. You will thank yourself(and us) later.
-Bruce
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October 2, 2011 6:06:57 AM

Absolutely agree price any basic Z68 MB and 2500K CPU when you have set it up hit the lowest auto OC.
With nothing more than that you will have close to the same performance of a CPU at that 3x price.
This setup is close to rivalling the Celeron 300a (Overclocked 60% out of the box with no mods),
I did say close though.
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October 2, 2011 6:23:34 AM

P.S? Yes The ASUS p8Z68-V-LE is a poxbox, the LE looks like it should be in a new $299 PC.
If you were going to buy one you should poke your own eyes out.
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October 2, 2011 7:56:52 PM

dish_moose said:
You should think about the 2500K - OCing isn't what it used to be - much better results with less struggle. You will thank yourself(and us) later.
-Bruce



Okay by ur advice, i got the 2500k [only $10 more than 2500]
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February 17, 2012 1:02:06 AM

Why_Me said:
+1

I was curious when someone was finally going to point out that the Asus board wasn't meant for dual cards.


+1
its all personal preference
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March 4, 2012 5:45:11 AM

otaku3230 said:
Okay by ur advice, i got the 2500k [only $10 more than 2500]



Good choice man, I ordered the same exact thing.. The Asrock Mobo and 2500k.. From all of the reviews, this Processor is a freakin beast.. Im expecting everything on monday/tues *Crosses fingers*
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