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December 16, 2011 3:17:58 PM

Hey I need a motherboard for a 750$ budget gaming build this month/2 weeks from now. It needs to be under 140$ CANADIAN. Right now my eyes are on the ASRock EXtreme3 Gen3 but thats 150$.

Heres my build right now

Intel I3-2100
Corsair TX650W
Corsair 4gb Vengeance (will upgrade to 8gb sometime)
EVGA GTX 560 SC
Corsair Carbide 400r Case (already purchased and received)

I am shopping on NCIX.ca and they price match so yeah...

Im going to be gaming and I might, might sli someday in the future but I'm not planning it right now.

Any suggestions?

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December 16, 2011 3:59:33 PM
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December 16, 2011 5:42:42 PM

I have my eyes on the last one there, Gigabyte Z68. Does anyone have personal experience with this board?
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December 16, 2011 7:38:54 PM

The purchase of a P67 or Z68 to run with the i3 chip is overkill. You should look at good H67 mobos with the most features. Only buy the P67 or Z68 if you plan to get a K chip (2500K, 2600K, or 2700K), because you can't OC the i3.

These mobos are better suited and have more ban got the buck if you stay with the i3 chip:

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submit...
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December 16, 2011 9:29:04 PM

chesteracorgi said:
The purchase of a P67 or Z68 to run with the i3 chip is overkill. You should look at good H67 mobos with the most features. Only buy the P67 or Z68 if you plan to get a K chip (2500K, 2600K, or 2700K), because you can't OC the i3.

These mobos are better suited and have more ban got the buck if you stay with the i3 chip:

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submit...

He said of possibility for SLI. So H6x is a no-go.

There is no such thing as a gaming motherboard. Your only requirement seems to be dual graphics. So almost anything with P67 or Z68 with 2 PCIe x16 is good, as long as they say it can do x8+x8 (stay away from x16+x4). Browse though them and look over what other "add-ons" you would like (firewire, eSATA, sound chip, etc). The rest is only about what people say in the forums for each model.
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December 16, 2011 10:34:01 PM

Nearly my whole build is overkill for the I3. I am going to be upgrading that to Ivy Bridge a while after its released. I think I will go ahead and buy the GIGABYTE GA-P67X-UD3-B3. I read some reviews and it seems pretty solid and TH recommends it also. It is also only 130$ so that's good.
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December 16, 2011 10:34:21 PM

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December 16, 2011 10:36:41 PM

On a side note. The EVGA card I am getting (and many other EVGA products) have a 20$ Mail in Rebate. How exactly does an MIR work?
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December 16, 2011 10:49:56 PM

hunter387 said:
On a side note. The EVGA card I am getting (and many other EVGA products) have a 20$ Mail in Rebate. How exactly does an MIR work?


Slight variance by manufacturers, but most likely:

- Register your product on the manufacturer's website
- Fill in provided rebate form. You may have an option to expedite the rebate process, let's say within a week with $ off. Normally it takes a month or two.
- Cut UPC code/Model name label from the package
- Mail the rebate form/UPC code/Receipt/Invoice to the provided mailing address (make sure to scan all of them for the record)
- Wait for the rebate check or prepaid card
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