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Best 1155 motherboard for future Ivy Bridge

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December 6, 2011 11:07:26 AM

Hi all i'm looking to build my first syetm from scratch. Will not be much gaming but mainly for prosumer video and audio editing using premier and protools. Looking at getting an i5-2500k with an idea to upgrade to an IB in a couple of years.

requirements

standard ATX
USB 3 on rear and header
Sata3
UEFI
decent automatic overclocking(i'm no guru)
compatibility with IB
crossfire/SLI no more than 2 cards

Price $120-$170 AUD

usually shop at
http://www.ple.com.au/ViewCategory.aspx?CategoryId=508

http://www.austin.net.au/ProductList/tabid/103/Category/MOTHERBOARD/Default.aspx?SubCategory=Intel+Socket+LGA+1155

http://www.dny.com.au/index.php?cPath=55_215

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December 6, 2011 11:31:19 AM

the best lga 1155 motherboards for ivb would be the ones with z7x and h7x chipsets which haven't come out yet.
if you want to get one right now, look for a z68 one with pcie gen 3 capability. that'll let you use ivb as well as pcie 3 gfx cards (untested). otherwise any motherboard with h61/h67/p67/z68 chipset will support ivb with a bios upgrade.
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December 6, 2011 11:43:19 AM


i find australian sites are much more expensive than american,. i like tiger direct as they have cheap international shipping with a whole system for about 30-40 dollars. which ends up quite a lot cheaper than au stores
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December 6, 2011 12:14:08 PM

thanks corey!
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December 6, 2011 12:21:54 PM

had a look i5's on tiger were way more expensive but other bits were cheaper! How do you calculate international postage?
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December 7, 2011 3:46:11 AM

I would not recommend the ASrock board, i've had 3 of them and returned each one because the boards have been warped. The board themselves are also thinner than most boards, so its not as sturdy. Go with the Gigabyte, its a much better board!
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December 7, 2011 7:54:38 AM

PMad said:
I would not recommend the ASrock board, i've had 3 of them and returned each one because the boards have been warped. The board themselves are also thinner than most boards, so its not as sturdy. Go with the Gigabyte, its a much better board!


Cool thanks for the response any other suggestions, and whats the cheapest ram you would recommend for this board?
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December 7, 2011 8:09:50 AM

asus has 3 z68 boards that are gen3, one is the highest rated for the pci-e3.0 category. i have also heard of the asrock board warpage, they really need to fix that
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December 7, 2011 11:49:31 AM

yeh the asus boards look good but i haven't seen any of there PCIe3 boards under $220.
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December 8, 2011 11:36:42 AM

enter your post code in your shopping cart to calclate postage. new egg would be mch cheaper but don't ship aus. tiger smashes anyone for shipping. maybe try amazon though
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December 8, 2011 12:18:46 PM

coreyhodge88 said:
enter your post code in your shopping cart to calclate postage. new egg would be mch cheaper but don't ship aus. tiger smashes anyone for shipping. maybe try amazon though


my australian post code?
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December 13, 2011 4:19:51 AM

yep. that's what i've done and it gives me a price. mine is 0870
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December 15, 2011 1:27:47 AM

I ended up going with the ASrock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 as i was able to get it at a good price locally and it was recommended by Tom's. Unfortunately i'm now having graphics card issues!
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December 19, 2011 12:07:52 AM

Best answer selected by metallifux.
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