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November 5, 2011 1:36:46 PM

Hey Everyone, I know there is a million different topics on this and I am pretty sure I've read just about every single one of them. My question is I've narrowed it down to two options, between an Asus and Gigabyte, the links are below. (I assume these are each other's counter parts, if not please let me know). I love Gigabyte, as it's the only board I've really only used, but have seen so many Asus recommendations, I am just ridiculously torn.

I like the Z68, but am in no way married to only these two choices, I'd absolutely be open to anyone's suggestions to a different board. I don't want to spend any more money than the two listed, they're actually a little bit out of my original price range. I will absolutely be using my NVIDIA GTX560 ti, and possibly SLI'ing it in the future. Should I consider the P67, because I have a video card? Please let me know what everyone recommends. The setup is for gaming, I will be doing minimal overclocking if any at all.

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
a c 716 V Motherboard
November 5, 2011 4:10:32 PM

The UD4 is okay, but the GA-Z68XP-UD5 is worth the extra few bucks otherwise the best value to performance with Z68 is the ASUS P8Z68-V PRO ; http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For the vast majority of Gamer's I recommend the following MOBO's for 2-WAY:
Z68 ASUS P8Z68-V PRO
P67 P8P67 PRO (REV 3.0) or (3.1) whichever is the cheaper

You want at least 12-Phases to the CPU for Sandy Bridge LGA 1155 for the (K) versions and you plan to OC the CPU.

Next, unless you are going to use Intel RST {SSD Caching} or have a need for QuickSync for MPEG-2/4/H.264 creation then look at the ASUS P8P67 PRO and use the savings for a GTX 570 or GTX 580; ASUS P8P67 PRO $160 http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

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GPU IMO the GTX 570 'now' is a better baseline choice and offers 2~4-WAY SLI, 3-WAY with LGA 1155 MOBO's e.g. UD7 series. Some games peter-out with a single GTX 560 especially 1GB vRAM versions; the GTX 560 is limited to 2-WAY. However, if you want the GTX 560 then look at the EVGA SuperClocked 02G-P3-1469-KR GeForce GTX 560 which offer 2GB of vRAM which is helpful with higher details and high Anti-Aliasing.

My preference for nVidia is the EVGA GPU's with Lifetime Warranties.
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November 5, 2011 8:51:16 PM

jaquith said:
The UD4 is okay, but the GA-Z68XP-UD5 is worth the extra few bucks otherwise the best value to performance with Z68 is the ASUS P8Z68-V PRO ; http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For the vast majority of Gamer's I recommend the following MOBO's for 2-WAY:
Z68 ASUS P8Z68-V PRO
P67 P8P67 PRO (REV 3.0) or (3.1) whichever is the cheaper

You want at least 12-Phases to the CPU for Sandy Bridge LGA 1155 for the (K) versions and you plan to OC the CPU.

Next, unless you are going to use Intel RST {SSD Caching} or have a need for QuickSync for MPEG-2/4/H.264 creation then look at the ASUS P8P67 PRO and use the savings for a GTX 570 or GTX 580; ASUS P8P67 PRO $160 http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

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GPU IMO the GTX 570 'now' is a better baseline choice and offers 2~4-WAY SLI, 3-WAY with LGA 1155 MOBO's e.g. UD7 series. Some games peter-out with a single GTX 560 especially 1GB vRAM versions; the GTX 560 is limited to 2-WAY. However, if you want the GTX 560 then look at the EVGA SuperClocked 02G-P3-1469-KR GeForce GTX 560 which offer 2GB of vRAM which is helpful with higher details and high Anti-Aliasing.

My preference for nVidia is the EVGA GPU's with Lifetime Warranties.


I really think I'm going to go with the P8P67 pro, unfortunately I already have the 560 ti (my 460 went, they RMI'd me the 560 ti). I assume the only thing compatible SLI wise is another 560 ti.
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November 6, 2011 5:07:34 PM

tones said:
I assume the only thing compatible SLI wise is another 560 ti.

Correct. :) 

The GTX 560 in SLI is very good!!!
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