OC motherboard suggestions, betw $150-225

Hey all. First build for this newb. Parts so far 2600K, corsair 850AX pro, 600t mesh, Asus 7870, 8 g low profile vengeance, 120 g SSD, 500 g 7800 Spinpoint & a Thermalright Silver Arrow. Motherboards are confusing the F out of me. Can't seem to find any that most agree THIS is a good value for $150 or 175 or 200 or 225. I had a Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3P that I bought for $180, but then I read that it was poor for OCing, which kind of defeats the purpose. Please give me some candidates to consider. Don't think I will be going to dual cards, and never 3. Haven't bought a monitor yet (using an old 19" anchor for now), but will be looking for a 24" 1920x1080.

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  1. My board (ASUS P8Z68-V Pro/Gen3 $210
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131790&Tpk=P8Z68-V%20Pro

    *For $30 less, the non Pro version is exactly the same, except for 2 less SATA 6G ports

    ASRock Extreme3 Gen3 $122
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271

    ASUS Maximumus IV GeneZ $190
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131806

    These 3 boards are very popular among OC'ers.
  2. I got such a sweet deal on the 2600k from microcenter, I am thinking of putting that money toward a Z77. It would be nice to have a board I won't feel compelled to upgrade for a good while. Looking forward to some more reviews and comparisons in the next couple of weeks.
  3. I was thinking more along the lines of this:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157295&Tpk=ASRock%20z77%20extreme%206

    I have the lunch box sized Thermalright Silver Arrow to consider, and I am not sure what to make of the plastic armor of that Asus board. If the heat issues of the IB chips are real, perhaps many will look to put a SB cpu on
    an ivy board.
  4. schadenfreude333 said:
    I was thinking more along the lines of this:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157295&Tpk=ASRock%20z77%20extreme%206

    I have the lunch box sized Thermalright Silver Arrow to consider, and I am not sure what to make of the plastic armor of that Asus board. If the heat issues of the IB chips are real, perhaps many will look to put a SB cpu on
    an ivy board.

    The boards are identical in size but I agree with the whole "armor" thing. :ouch:
    The one you picked out is a good board.
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