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Buying an i5-3570k. Is an ASRock Z68 Ext3 Gen3 a good idea?

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May 11, 2012 2:06:28 PM

Title. I was either going to go with that or a Z77 of some sort but I'm not sure, after looking around, that it's worth the extra $100. Also, are both compatible with a GeForce 9800 GTX+ GPU (I'm going to try to salvage it if at all possible, and maybe SLI it)?

Please and thank you.
a c 121 V Motherboard
May 11, 2012 2:27:28 PM

Both are compatible with the GTX.

I would strongly suggest going with the Z77 if you are getting the 3570k.

1. Native USB 3.0 Support.
2. Full PCIe 3.0 support.
3. Native 1600MHz RAM
4. Better onboard graphics switching.
May 11, 2012 2:30:41 PM

Which Z77?
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May 11, 2012 2:37:47 PM

the gen3 versions are recently released specially for Ivy Bridge support...if u didn't know that :) 
a c 121 V Motherboard
May 11, 2012 2:42:23 PM

v1ctor6 said:
the gen3 versions are recently released specially for Ivy Bridge support...if u didn't know that :) 


Correct, they were released for IB *support*

However they still have a 3rd party USB 3.0 controller.
They still have to be overclocked to get 1600MHz RAM
And the IGP Switching is still based on SB's IGP
May 11, 2012 2:58:45 PM

Just a word of warning on several of the p67 and z68 asrock motherboards. They do support ivy bridge, but not unless you have an updated bios. I recently purchased an asrock mobo with a 3570k, and had to get them to ship me a new bios chip before it would post. If you have an older cpu laying around that you can use to upgrade the bios then it won't be an issue. Otherwise I'd go with a Z77.
May 11, 2012 3:01:21 PM

lohavoc said:
Just a word of warning on several of the p67 and z68 asrock motherboards. They do support ivy bridge, but not unless you have an updated bios. I recently purchased an asrock mobo with a 3570k, and had to get them to ship me a new bios chip before it would post. If you have an older cpu laying around that you can use to upgrade the bios then it won't be an issue. Otherwise I'd go with a Z77.


I'm not sure what that means.

Are there any downsides to getting a Z77 chip, other than the price?

And what Z77 chip, specifically (brand and model), should I get?
a c 121 V Motherboard
May 11, 2012 3:07:37 PM

v1ctor6 said:
btw how u managed to use 3 drives in RAID 0..as of i know RAID 0 used only 2 drived...


You can use as many as you have ports for.
May 11, 2012 7:47:58 PM

itzdanielp said:
You can use as many as you have ports for.

interersting o-)
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