Building my first computer, and looking for a reliable mobo that is SLI capable down the road. Will be using a i5 2500k will a 560ti. Price range around 100-160$ hopefully. Main use will be for gaming (SWTOR, skyrim). Any recommendations?
Side question, what exactly is z68 chipset and how needed is it in a motherboard?
Tomshardware in an article today rated the Asrock to be the most overclock friendly . The z68 chipset is the latest chipset released by Intel and the newest motherboards are all being released with it. You would be better off with a motherboard with this chipset.
The best SLI boards aside from X58 chipset boards are the ones with built in NF200 bridge chips which allows X16 for each lane.
As for the Z68 without the NF200 you will only get X8 on the primary if the Integrated is turned on which enables quicksync and Virtu!
If you disable the integrated graphics the primary card runs at X16 with SLI (depending on the board) you will X8/X4 or X8/X8, just read the motherboard specs.
I personally do not recommend SLI or Crossfire, keep in mind you will need to double your power supply size, increase electricity usage and need a big case to handle the heat! Overall it's cheaper to buy a faster card and sell the one you have.