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ATX Z68 Motherboard? Which one?

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a b V Motherboard
February 23, 2012 5:29:19 PM

Hello guys,
I want to upgrade to a i7-2600k ( wanna go to 4. something GHz, nothing extreme like 5+ ) and i want a high end Z68 ATX motherboard. I don't want a mATX. I prefer ATX, not only because you get few extras, but the cooling is better because of the boards size ( would have went to EATX but my HAF 912 won't take it ). I have been using several Asus and ASrock motherboards through the years and I had no problems with them ( when comparing with others like MSI and GIGABITE, with which I had issues ) and I want to stick with them. So anyone can help with the decision? I don't care if I have to spend a 100 USD or 100 EUR more.

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i7 2600k
16 GB (or more) 1600 Mhz or more low latency ram ( still wondering between the brands )
GTX 560 Ti or a higher model if i squeeze from somewhere some more money

Case has additional side and top fans. Two 1 TB Hitachi in Raid array. Purpose is 3d modelling, rendering, some Premiere and After Effects and 12K x 9K pixels (and above) Photoshop files. Don't care about gaming. Care about stable long-term overclock.

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a c 328 V Motherboard
February 23, 2012 7:06:43 PM

Shneiky said:
Thanks for the info, I really appreciate it. But i already have better cooler and I will switch the ram you have pointed to this one:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OK, but be careful, because not all the CPU coolers like the tall profile RAM.

BTW, the RAM I provided, is the same, but low profile, so it does not interfere with any CPU coolers.

As u can see, the cooler obstruct the RAM slot #0, so only #1, #2 and #3 is usable.

a b V Motherboard
February 23, 2012 7:10:18 PM

I am well aware of that issue. But I have turned my cooler 90 degrees to the left and, believe it or not, it not only does not block the ram slots but improved the cooling by lowering 2 degrees. Now the cooler's fans are taking from withing the case and directing that airflow to the exhaust fan on the top. Seems strange, but if it works - it works!
a c 328 V Motherboard
February 23, 2012 7:13:20 PM

Shneiky said:
I am well aware of that issue. But I have turned my cooler 90 degrees to the left and, believe it or not, it not only does not block the ram slots but improved the cooling by lowering 2 degrees. Now the cooler's fans are taking from withing the case and directing that airflow to the exhaust fan on the top. Seems strange, but if it works - it works!

Cool, as long as u know ....
a b V Motherboard
February 23, 2012 7:14:24 PM

And btw the ram you posted has 9-9-9-24 latencies. The one i want has 7-8-7-24.
a c 328 V Motherboard
February 23, 2012 7:15:51 PM

Shneiky said:
And btw the ram you posted has 9-9-9-24 latencies. The one i want has 7-8-7-24.

Microscopic detail, visible only in the benchmark.
a b V Motherboard
February 23, 2012 7:56:36 PM

If you make a complex scene render which takes 30+ hours, that lower latencies will kill 2-3 hours at least.
a c 328 V Motherboard
February 23, 2012 8:02:24 PM

Yes, but how often u do that?

I am not trying to discourage u from getting the RAM, it is a great RAM.
a b V Motherboard
February 23, 2012 8:11:17 PM

Well i am speaking from personal experience. When all the data is in the ram and it is constantly jumping between cpu-ram-gpu and then vice verse it important to have fast ram specially when creating 3D.
a b V Motherboard
February 23, 2012 8:12:02 PM

But on the SSD I totally agree. A SDD for caching will be a great improvement, but i can't allow a 256 GB SDD at the moment.
a c 328 V Motherboard
February 23, 2012 8:13:00 PM

Shneiky said:
But on the SSD I totally agree. A SDD for caching will be a great improvement, but i can't allow a 256 GB SDD at the moment.

Even 60GB Vertex2 will do it for u.
a c 328 V Motherboard
February 23, 2012 8:14:18 PM

But for the system install and app install, not for the caching.

a b V Motherboard
February 23, 2012 8:19:40 PM

After i install all my software - Adobe CS5.5 Master Collection and Autodesk 3Ds Max Entertainment Suit and all the plug-ins i hit 180 GB. So I prefer to get them on an HDD and the catching on an SDD. My temporary files hit 150 GB sometimes....
a c 328 V Motherboard
February 23, 2012 8:23:50 PM

Shneiky said:
After i install all my software - Adobe CS5.5 Master Collection and Autodesk 3Ds Max Entertainment Suit and all the plug-ins i hit 180 GB. So I prefer to get them on an HDD and the catching on an SDD. My temporary files hit 150 GB sometimes....

I know, I have a CS5.5, but it makes the difference when just the OS is on SSD.

But, yes, if there is a shortage of the funds, SSD cache is one way to help the situation...
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