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Which Motherboard should I choose, Price isn\'t a factor.

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November 2, 2011 11:51:12 PM

Ok, I'm suck between the ASUS P8Z68 DELUXE/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Or the ASRock Z68 Extreme7 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Both of these boards have UEFI, and PCIE 3.0 and USB 3.0. I'm just wondering which one is better. Unless someone else can find me a better ATX Board I would highly appreciate it. I used to have a Gigabyte board: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
and it was a complete piece of ***. The USB ports didn't work during startup. After 17 Days of usage it started looping in restart so I RMAed it. I don't like Gigabyte now. I also have this case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... and I was considering an extended ATX Board but, I'm afraid it won't fit, there was room with the old board and the extended ATX is only an inch wider, but the case doesn't say that it supports extended ATX.
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November 3, 2011 1:22:10 AM

Your case has room for about an 12 x 12 board; plenty of space for nearly every board made, including some server boards. Choose the board with the best local warranty; I've used msi and biostar rma's, and both took less then two weeks, which is fast. Your problem with the gigabyte board may be a bad ram stick; I would test your ram one stick at a time if the new board does the same routine.
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November 6, 2011 4:23:23 PM

If price was no object I would buy Intel, and certainly not Asus.
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November 6, 2011 9:07:14 PM
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soundguruman said:
If price was no object I would buy Intel, and certainly not Asus.


I need to know your justification for this, being that Intel does not specialize in making motherboards. ASUS makes very good motherboards with layouts and functionality that many other brands imitate, including Intel.

I have always promoted ASUS and EVGA primarily when choosing motherboards because they offer better integration between components and features to maximize performance. However, you need to know what motherboard is best for the components you want to use.

What is the primary use for the computer you are building? I would advise away form Gigabyte, ASRock, BioStar, or Foxconn because these brands are imitators with limited support/reliability, unless you are looking for the cheapest option.
November 6, 2011 9:45:46 PM

mistatwista said:
Ok, I'm [stuck] between the ASUS P8Z68 DELUXE/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Or the ASRock Z68 Extreme7 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



I am curious, why are you limiting yourself to Z68 boards? Newer does not always mean better, and this board http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131701 is the same board of P67 technology that has been a proven performer. Depending on your processor and video card, you may not actually benefit from Z68 technology and there is a risk of instability with new Z68 firmware and such on any brand. Also, if you are doing a crossfire/SLI setup, you do know that both cards actually run on PCI express x8 and not x16, so the only real benefit is doubling memory but not necessarily GPU processing power. I would only recommend the Z68 board if you plan to use the PCIE 3.0 x16 later with one good graphics card. However, your processor might become the bottleneck when this technology is available in more stable options.


Source for information on the benefits (or lack of) with crossfire setups, and likely not to change even with PCIe 3.0:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/crossfire-meets-pci-express,1761-13.html
November 9, 2011 11:51:09 PM

Thanks everyone, I chose the asus. I don't want p67 because z68 comes with ufie bios. I already installed the motherboard but now I constantly get the blue screen of death which I suspect is a major software problem. I'm going to format my hard drive later tonight and see if everything works out well.
November 9, 2011 11:51:43 PM

Best answer selected by MistaTwista.
November 9, 2011 11:52:21 PM

And yes I plan on getting a hd 7990 when it comes out.
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