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I am trying to find a good ATX motherboard for less than 150 USD here in the USA that will be compatible with my i5 2500k and a Radeon 7950. I have found a ASRock z68 Extreme3 Gen3 motherboard, but I am afraid that since it is oddly shaped it might cause some damage in the long run in my future build. I would pefer for it to be a z68 motherboard as the 7950 doesn't have the correct ports for my displays. Can anybody suggest some good z68 motherboards for less than 150? :bounce: :pt1cable: :bounce: :pt1cable:
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  1. Here's the one I'd recommend, but it's $25 over your requested budget

    More budget-friendly

    The Extreme3 Gen3 is a very popular Z68 board, lots of features at a great price.
    The ASUS in the first link is the closest thing to it.
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    The Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 is slightly narrower {12.0-in x 8.6-in, 30.5 cm x 21.8 cm} than a 'typical' ATX {12 in (305 mm) x 9.6 in (244 mm)}, but if anything will fit 'easier' into an ATX supporting case. So no there's no damaging effects.

    Generally the cheapest I recommend is the ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3 for good OC'ing, and I suspect the prices 'should' drop with the release of the Z77's.

    Unless you need Quick Sync or SSD Caching I'd consider the (P67) ASRock P67 EXTREME4 GEN3.

    Q - do you plan on OC'ing? If so then what target OC?

    Clearly, there are a few of the newer Z77's in your price range, but none of them are really meant to sustain a high OC.
  3. I would get a P67 motherboard however my graphics card does not have 2 display ports which are needed for my monitors and i don't want to use a HDMI-DVI adapter as they don't seem to be really solid to me. However the z68 motherboards allow you to use on board graphics ( which i want to use for my monitors) and also allows overclocking. I am willing to overclock to 4.2 GHz at max if I'm lucky.

    EDIT- sorry I confused the ports, my graphics card doesn't have 2 DVI ports not Display Ports. Srry :lol: :lol: stupid mistake :lol: :lol:
  4. Here's the one I'd recommend, but it's $25 over your requested budget

    More budget-friendly

    Those are great motherboards, but sorry I forgot to mention in my original post that I would like a motherboard with a PCI-E 3.0 slot in order for a future Ivy Bridge upgrade.
  5. Never assume ANY Z68/Z77 has a (1) -- much less (2) DisplayPorts. I am not aware of ANY Z68/Z77 with (2) DisplayPorts. Most all monitors have and use a DVI-D Port.

    So is it a requirement to have (2) DisplayPorts??

    The Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 has ZERO DisplayPorts:
    - 1 x D-Sub Port ; aka analog VGA
    - 1 x DVI-D Port ; typical 'Digital Visual Interface (DVI) + D = Digital only ; (2) versions single and dual link
    - 1 x HDMI Port ; sound + video ; several revisions

    DisplayPort - to top it off there (2) versions 'mini' and 'standard' ; nice video -

    Q - What monitor or monitors are you using?
  6. The board in the top link I provided P8Z68-V/Gen3 does have PCI-e 3.0 support, that's what the GEN3 is for (3rd Gen meaning Ivy Bridge).
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