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November 30, 2011 7:09:30 PM

I am between two motherboards and need to have a second opinion on them

Please tell me which one is better or tell me of one that is better, that is around the same price

Here is the first one

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

and here is the second one

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

please let me know what you think.

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November 30, 2011 8:36:45 PM

cheeseinator said:
If it's not out of your price range just get
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I have it and it has an awesome bios, USB 3.0, pci-e 3.0, solid overclocking and it's approximately 1 year futureproof!


would you have any recommendations if i was not wanting to overclock or any of that fancy stuff? but yet still has the usb 3.0?
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November 30, 2011 8:39:25 PM

Well do you plan on upgrading video cards/processor in the future? If not then some boards along the lines of what you mentioned would be fine.
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November 30, 2011 8:44:21 PM

cheeseinator said:
Well do you plan on upgrading video cards/processor in the future? If not then some boards along the lines of what you mentioned would be fine.


Well yes down the road, i mean like well down the road, i am not a hardcore gamer, but for now i am getting a decent GPU, i don't play super advanced games and am not planning on it, that is why i have an xbox. There are just a few games that i like to play on PC, that i would like to have full setting son now. I don't need a mobo that can be upgraded to a super gpu down the road, i am just looking for a decent yet cheap mobo that has usb 3.0 and can hold my i7 cpu and the space to upgrade in ram. Both the mobo's i provided don't have usb 3.0 but know thinking about it i would like to get one that has it.

Any suggestions would be great.
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November 30, 2011 8:52:47 PM

Well for upgrading to a next-gen gpu you would rather have a pcie 3.0 slots than 2.1 that way you can upgrade to a gpu thats more "up to date" than "super" as for USB 3.0 it's becoming more and more common and you should have no trouble finding a good mobo on newegg. I don't know what you plan to do with this rig, but unless it involves heavy photo editing/ rendering I personally don't see a reason for the i7, as an i5 2500k performs well in games and other simple tasks. That's just my opinion.
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November 30, 2011 8:59:18 PM

cheeseinator said:
Well for upgrading to a next-gen gpu you would rather have a pcie 3.0 slots than 2.1 that way you can upgrade to a gpu thats more "up to date" than "super" as for USB 3.0 it's becoming more and more common and you should have no trouble finding a good mobo on newegg. I don't know what you plan to do with this rig, but unless it involves heavy photo editing/ rendering I personally don't see a reason for the i7, as an i5 2500k performs well in games and other simple tasks. That's just my opinion.


I do plan on video editing and video rendering, but i would also like to be-able to play some video games on it, do you have any suggestions?
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November 30, 2011 9:01:57 PM

i noticed that both the motherboards you suggested are microATX form factor. This will work, but you may find yourself a little bit cramped and limited with upgrades in the future. If you are not overclocking and you do not plan on using the integrated gpu in your processor, then you have no need for a z68 chipset.

the h61 or h67 chipsets would be good options for a cheaper price. such as:

If the motherboard you decide on doesn't have usb ports than you can easily get a USB3.0 pci card for it
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November 30, 2011 9:13:21 PM

greenpenguin said:
i noticed that both the motherboards you suggested are microATX form factor. This will work, but you may find yourself a little bit cramped and limited with upgrades in the future. If you are not overclocking and you do not plan on using the integrated gpu in your processor, then you have no need for a z68 chipset.

the h61 or h67 chipsets would be good options for a cheaper price. such as:

If the motherboard you decide on doesn't have usb ports than you can easily get a USB3.0 pci card for it


Yes i don't really need room for upgrading nor do i want to Overlock. I just plainly am building a pc for school, work, and maybe a little gaming. I see the mobo you have supplied which looks good, and i am going to consider it greatly!!

I do have one question how would i go about putting that usb 3.0 card into the motherboard? I am indeed a noob to this. Just saying.
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November 30, 2011 9:19:05 PM

Hallowhead said:
Yes i don't really need room for upgrading nor do i want to Overlock. I just plainly am building a pc for school, work, and maybe a little gaming. I see the mobo you have supplied which looks good, and i am going to consider it greatly!!

I do have one question how would i go about putting that usb 3.0 card into the motherboard? I am indeed a noob to this. Just saying.


Just put the card in the PCI-e slot on the motherboard, look at the instructions that came with the usb card also. Plus im sure there are vids on youtube on how to install pci cards.
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November 30, 2011 9:50:43 PM

Yeah i just did a little research and now know where and how to install something into that port. Just out of curiosity which pci-e slot should the gpu go into a express one or a normal one. Or does it matter
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November 30, 2011 9:59:14 PM

PCI-E, and also remember if you want the next gen of video cards eventually PCI-e 3.0 will be the slot they use, however current cards use PCI-E 2.1
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November 30, 2011 10:14:16 PM

cheeseinator said:
PCI-E, and also remember if you want the next gen of video cards eventually PCI-e 3.0 will be the slot they use, however current cards use PCI-E 2.1


I completely get what everyone saying know hahaha, wow i am a scrub.
So down the road they are changing the port that graphics cards dock into for reasons of speed and better connection i am assuming.

So by getting a mobo with this i can upgrade in the future

New question than, if i get a mobo with these pci-e 3.0 port can i put a graphics card in that goes into a pci-E?
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November 30, 2011 10:17:21 PM

Yea it's fully backwards compatible.
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November 30, 2011 10:28:23 PM

cheeseinator said:
Yea it's fully backwards compatible.

Sweet so the new ports will fit all older gpu's but new gpu's won't fit old ports.
So i think i might reloook into my mobo

thanks guys
i will post my findings soon
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