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March 17, 2012 2:27:34 AM

MoBo :hello: 

EVGA Z68 SLI 130-SB-E685-KR LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Intel Motherboard
Model #:130-SB-E685-KR
Item #:N82E16813188097
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
In Stock
Mail in Rebate Card13-188-097
$209.99 -$60.00 Instant $149.99

Just was hoping to get some general feedback. Full build is listed here> http://www.tomshardware.com/forum//forum2.php?config=to...

Happy St. Patty's Day to all you Lucky Irish Folk!!! :ange: 

Ariana
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March 17, 2012 3:40:16 AM

I do not own it, but back in the slightly older days, EVGA made great motherboards and continue to make top notch video cards. For whatever reason, they fell off the motherboard radar for a while, but now seem to be coming back. They still have the 3 year warranty, and at least on their video cards, they offer excellent support.
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March 17, 2012 3:55:00 AM

Warrenty on the Mobo is 5 years.
EVGA were very helpful with my build in general. I can't say enough nice things about their support and over all commitment to excellence!

Ariana
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November 30, 2012 2:41:42 PM

Ariana_FFD said:
MoBo :hello: 

EVGA Z68 SLI 130-SB-E685-KR LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Intel Motherboard
Model #:130-SB-E685-KR
Item #:N82E16813188097
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
In Stock
Mail in Rebate Card13-188-097
$209.99 -$60.00 Instant $149.99

Just was hoping to get some general feedback. Full build is listed here> http://www.tomshardware.com/forum//forum2.php?config=to...

Happy St. Patty's Day to all you Lucky Irish Folk!!! :ange: 

Ariana


I am composing this on a 130-SB-E685-KR with 16 Gbytes. The only thing is you MUST know is that it is designed to work with Sandy Bridge. Somehow this gets left out of the equation. I am using an i5-2500k. The other thing is the Power Supply. It won't let you get away with junk. You need something on the level of a 650 Watt Seasonic 80 plus Gold rating.

The SECRET is that they made a 160 FTW = ("For the Win") version that is too big (EATX) and too good (for most). The 130 is the SAME BOARD with a couple of PCIe strips left off and is a standard ATX size board. That means it is a gamer-board level of quality you can use for standard daily use and not worry about capacity on any level.

It can probably handle whatever you throw at it. I wanted a stable MOBO that would work all the time - every time. So far so good. I bought a SECOND one for $95, but the prices have since gone back up to $109 minus a $10 rebate = $99 at NewEgg as of 11/30/12. This is a far cry from the original price at over $200.

Reviews are mixed - depending on where you read them. Read the good, bad, and ugly. Realize that not all are builders. I saw no bad reviews from anyone who I know to be a professional builder. I have everything except the CPU to make a second duplicate unit.

My total unit has a large cooler for future overclocking. (Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO) and I prefer Scythe Fans for the case and on the cooler itself. Even though the i5 has built-in video, the MOBO will not use it. You'll need a dedicated video card. The MOBO can handle anything, but some will be a tight fit.

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