I need a Reliable Z68 MoBo suggestion please. Thanks!

I am building my first build. Computer is going to be used as a basic computer, some games and a lot of Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop.

Approximate Purchase Date: Everything purchased except for Motherboard, possible SSD and possible another 8GB memory

Budget Range: (Total up to $980 minus MoBo)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (e.g.: Adobe Lightroom Photoshop, surfing the internet, games)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (e.g.: newegg.com, fry's, craigslist & ebay)

Parts Preferences: by brand or type (Corsair)

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: (1920x1080)


Case - Corsair Graphite 600T

CPU - Intel i7-2600K

Motherboard - ?????

Video Card - MSI GTX 560ti

Power Supply - Corsair AX 750

Memory - Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) ***For Lightroom, does 16GB improve performance?***

Hard Disk - Samsung F3 1TB

DVD/CD Drive - LITE-ON iHas324

CPU Cooler - Corsair H70

WiFi Card - ASUS PCE-N13

OS - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit OEM

SSD - I want one for an O/S boot drive Pros? Cons?
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  1. Hey there, welcome to the forums.
    Please fill out this form. It will help us, to help you. http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advice

    Looks good to start though.

    Could you link us to the exact parts? It may seem trivial, but having the exact models is important.
  2. Looks good! Might I suggest getting this ram instead? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233147&cm_re=corsair_vengeance-_-20-233-147-_-Product It's pretty much the same, except it's $5 cheaper and slightly faster (CL8 vs CL9).

    For mobo suggestions, I would recommend one like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128502&cm_re=gigabyte_z68-_-13-128-502-_-Product It's pretty good, and only $129.

    Also note to get the most out of the CS5 Mercury Playback engine, you will need to unlock the software to be compatible with your GPU.



    For an SSD, the only real con is cost. If you have the money, it's a good upgrade. Here's the best value 60GB SSD in my opinion: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227725&cm_re=agility_3-_-20-227-725-_-Product It's one of the fastest out there, and only costs $10 more than competing models.
  3. I got the RAM on a Shell Shocker for $74.99

    Is there a Gigabyte MoBo in the black color that is the equal? Price not an issue here. Thanks!
  4. LOL! Set myself up for that one!

    What's the difference between the one you linked compared to this one?
  5. The main difference appears to be that the one you linked is actually a P67 board fitted with a Z68 chipset. That means you lose the ability to use the IGP (no big deal) and I THINK it means you lose the lucidlogix virtu feature, which is just a power saving feature I believe.

    Either will work, but the one I linked gets you slightly more features for less. Check out this comparison: http://www.gigabyte.com/products/comparison/list.aspx?ck=2&pids=3912,3853
  6. I keep getting drawn towards the ASRock z68 Extreme4. Is there any negative with that board?

  7. striker410 said:

    For mobo suggestions, I would recommend one like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128502&cm_re=gigabyte_z68-_-13-128-502-_-Product It's pretty good, and only $129.

    I have this mobo and have had zero problems. Seems like a good value.
  8. I was going to recommend the ASRock Z68 Extreme 4 too, but op beat me too it
  9. Would 16gb of memory improve the use of Adobe Lightroom / Photoshop?
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