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Help me decide on one of this high-end motherboard. HELP

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October 21, 2011 4:50:34 AM

hello, im in the process of building my new machine, first build. so you know a lot of users change your mind and all that lol, so now im stock at the motherboard choice.
i will like to know which of this high end mobo will be a top choice, i want to be able to upgrade to a new processor later, also have support for PCI Express 3.0; excellent overclocking and lots of features, such as build in Bluetooth, if not supported, what Bluetooth card can i buy. my choices are:


ASUS P8Z68 DELUXE/GEN3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock Z68 PROFESSIONAL GEN3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock Z68 Extreme7 Gen3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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October 21, 2011 5:53:00 AM

problem fix. i just want an excellent board, with lots of connectivity, great sound if not ill buy a sound card (which one is a top one?) excellent overclocking stability, bluetooth if possible, if not how can i get bluetoot on one of those boards. and a little of future proof, such as, Ivy processor, PCI E 3.0 etc.
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a b V Motherboard
October 21, 2011 6:07:17 AM

When Tweaktown's web site comes back up, this is your third review:

http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=asrock%20z68%20e...

This board will run 2xVidCard at x16-x16, while the others run x8-x8. If you are planning on two high-end vid cards and 2560 or higher resolution gaming, that will possibly make a difference. At 1920 and/or with two mid-range vid cards, it probably won't make any noticable difference.

All three boards are good boards, and they sure ought to be for the price. All three boards are also quite likely overkill for anything you might do on a 24/7 basis. But that's impossible to tell outside of a budget and a specific use list for the PC.

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October 21, 2011 6:41:38 AM

i really like the Pro version of ASRock. It got great reviews but the Extreme 7 is out of the contest because of the bad reviews on newegg stating DOA and problems with it. but i also like the ASUS. im actually getting 2 HD6970 lightning edition, an i7 2600K, i have a 1080p monitor with that resolution but later i will jump into eyefinity with a 3 monitor set up. but i will look for monitor later, something good though (2000 dollar budget for monitor maybe) i already have an corsair HX850 psu that will do the job with those component, unless i need a bigger one later.
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October 21, 2011 7:35:39 AM

Please be careful reading reviews on Newegg. Of the 13 1-star reviews, 2 perhaps 3 were from the same person, one was wrong mobo, one was warped out of box, one was a BSOD most likely caused by assembly or memory error, one was a complaint about the manual . . . please.

If you want to discount the Extreme because of that, fine - but most of the complaints shown there probably refer to ALL Asrock boards.

If you are thinking that high a resolution, your mobo wants better than x8-x8 more than it needs any of the frills.
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October 21, 2011 8:11:42 AM

hi
by the looks of the boards you listed they all seem to have the same kind of cooling and looks,the board you or mostly likely go for is the one that has the most features that you want i.e number of usb 3.0 and number of pci-e slots and speeds,also dont forget the built in stuff have a good look through the technical specs of them i recomend this site http://www.scan.co.uk it has all the latest hardware you could need and has a great choice of it.hope this helps
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October 21, 2011 8:27:20 AM

Twoboxer said:
Please be careful reading reviews on Newegg. Of the 13 1-star reviews, 2 perhaps 3 were from the same person, one was wrong mobo, one was warped out of box, one was a BSOD most likely caused by assembly or memory error, one was a complaint about the manual . . . please.

If you want to discount the Extreme because of that, fine - but most of the complaints shown there probably refer to ALL Asrock boards.

If you are thinking that high a resolution, your mobo wants better than x8-x8 more than it needs any of the frills.


You are totally right about that on newegg. I thought it was like a good way of telling how regular users like or dislike the product, and I use that as a guidance. Anyway besides the website you told me that is down, what other is good. So, from my choices the ASRock Extreme 7 is a better mobo overall? Also if I go with the Extreme 7 which doesn't have a built in Bluetooth, what can I do to get Bluetooh, that way I can use my Bluetooh keyboard and mouse and any other device using that technology. Thanks
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October 21, 2011 8:31:39 AM

chancer_uk said:
hi
by the looks of the boards you listed they all seem to have the same kind of cooling and looks,the board you or mostly likely go for is the one that has the most features that you want i.e number of usb 3.0 and number of pci-e slots and speeds,also dont forget the built in stuff have a good look through the technical specs of them i recomend this site http://www.scan.co.uk it has all the latest hardware you could need and has a great choice of it.hope this helps


Hello, most of the boards I choose here have everything I need, except Bluetooth which Asus mobo has build in. That's pretty much it. But in that price range I will like to have the best bang for the buck. And like stated before if I can get PCI Express 3.0 dual 16X that will be a little more fuure proof.
I will take a look at your site later after I get out of work tonight. Thanks
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October 21, 2011 9:46:01 AM

np m8,i think you will find that that site i gave you the link for has a massive rang of z68 boards from around 70quid right up to 300+quid,plus has an instensive range of every thing else for your pc,Have fun
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a b V Motherboard
October 21, 2011 7:02:20 PM

There are Bluetooth adapters available:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or perhaps you can use the adapter that came with your bluetooth mouse and keyboard.

Please tell us what you plan to install on the motherboard (cpu, gpu(s)), whether your primary use is gaming or something else, and what screen size and resolution you will use. Then we can select a mobo that is a good value.
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October 22, 2011 3:47:40 AM

Twoboxer said:
There are Bluetooth adapters available:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or perhaps you can use the adapter that came with your bluetooth mouse and keyboard.

Please tell us what you plan to install on the motherboard (cpu, gpu(s)), whether your primary use is gaming or something else, and what screen size and resolution you will use. Then we can select a mobo that is a good value.


to answer your question. my intentions on my new build will be intense gaming, i will like to max all the games to the limit and that my computer can handle them properly. trans-code videos, watch Blu Rays, heavy multitasking. most of the time i have like 20 tabs open at once when im looking at a topic. but finally, a little future proof, so i can upgrade it later and or connectivity, like extra HDD or fans etc.
i will use an
i7 2600K, 2 HD 6970, 8GB or more of RAM, Corsair HX850.
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a b V Motherboard
October 22, 2011 7:49:39 AM

Then the ASRock Z68 Extreme7 Gen3 is a pretty good choice.
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October 22, 2011 8:03:46 AM

I think I will go with the ASRock Extreme 7. Because of it's functions and features and it seeks to be a little future proof for newer products.
But I have a question, how can I have bluetooth in this board? So if I have a Bluetooth mouse it can communicate with the board. You know like an adapter for the mobo that will make the mobo support Bluetooth, that way my devices can connect to it without the need of more Bluetooth adapters for each one.
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October 22, 2011 8:19:32 AM

Winly said:
But I have a question, how can I have bluetooth in this board?


I gave you the answer above. Search Newegg for "bluetooth adapter usb" and pick one. In this case, the user feedback on the devices is probably relevant, if there are enough feedbacks.

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October 22, 2011 11:35:36 AM

Great! Thanks. I will definitely look into that.
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October 23, 2011 6:57:05 AM

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November 2, 2011 2:03:56 AM

Best answer selected by Winly.
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