I'm putting a sandy bridge CPU and Last Gen GPU... so basically, most of the features in Z77 , I will NOT be able to use right?...
If you watch the whole video at the link I gave you there are a few features that should be better with or without 3rd gen cpu. things like bandwidth and thermals etc., better memory options...
In my opinion tho, now is a great time to take advantage of some of the z68 gen3 models coming down in price. Especially if you will be using a gen 2 cpu. You will still have the option of upgrading to gen3 and with a gen3 board you should be able to upgrade to the newest gpu's as well.
As far as realworld benefits, 3rd gen cpu's and gpu's don't really offer that great of an increase in performance. At least nothing you will easily notice.
Yeah I noticed the features but I thought they were linked with IB processor feature.
sry I'm quite new to motherboard stuff. =]
Yes, z68's prices are coming down. I will consider that to take advantage of it.
Yeah, go to Ebay and search "1155 motherboard" I have seen allot of good Asus and Gigabyte boards, as well as MSI and Asrock boards, going for less than half their original shelf price. And some of them claim to be brand new.
On Ebay you just have to make sure you read the ad well. Make sure that the mobo comes with all the original accessories (i\o shield, manual, driver and software disc, and sata cables etc...
Also make sure that the vender is in the same country as you to avoid customs delays, and make sure that they have close to 100% feedback.
You are actually better protected on Ebay than shopping from a direct vendor, because on Ebay, no matter what the vendor thinks, you can get your money back if you don't like the item for any reason.
Most stores won't do that, they only offer replacement if there is a problem with Item.
I watch this one vendor selling allot of Asus p8z68 pro\gen3 or Deluxe\gen3 in 3 day auctions that start at 99cents, and usually go from between $78- $150. Those boards cost $180-$200+ at Newegg. I also see allot of Asus Maximus gene and extreme motherboards go for $100 to $150.
The Extreme version new usually sells for more than $300.
If you aren't sure about the accessories that come with a board, just message the seller and ask about it.
Here is a link or two to a couple of those deals...