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Z68 Motherboard for low-end build

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April 23, 2012 3:50:20 AM

Hi all, thought i would post this here, as all i really need to clarify on is the Motherboard

Im helping my dad build a new PC for his work computer, we are opting for the i5 2500K processor, it will probably run at stock speeds, but if required up the speed a little in 6months - 11yr if required.

Since i dont think buying a seperate video card is required, Z68 seems like the best solution here, with ability to use the sandybridge gpu, and allowing overclocking.

Ideally i would like to spend as little as possible on the motherboard. requirements are as follows

RAID1 capabile - he runs 2x 1TB WD Black in raid1 for backup purposes
Two ram slots (will be using either 1x4gb, 1x 8gb, or 2x 4gb) there will not be a requirement to run 4 sticks at any point.

onboard sound - think this is pretty standard these days
onboard graphics - im assuming all z68 have onboard graphics, otherwise it would be the same as p67 ?


needs to have 3 SATA2 ports (for 2 hdd's and dvd-rw seems 4 is the minimum really anyway), USB3 is not critical but would be nice to have if the price is right

What options would people reccomend ?

Thanks !!

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a c 194 V Motherboard
April 23, 2012 4:19:00 AM
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This is a very good board with quite a few features usually only found on higher end boards. It will allow for future overclocking.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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April 24, 2012 12:38:15 AM

Thanks all anort3 and unclejehmimah, i will look into these more when i get home :-) I appreciate the help
a b V Motherboard
April 24, 2012 3:52:33 AM

Make sure you get the 2X4GB memory kit so you can use Dual channel mode with the RAM.
May 8, 2012 9:38:43 AM

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a c 328 V Motherboard
May 8, 2012 8:29:30 PM

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