As the Tom's forum contributors have proved so helpful to me so far I thought I'd ask a question about motherboards.
Bare in mind I've been a Mac user my whole life so thinking about motherboard/logicboard spec is something that I've never had to do, I've been getting a bit confused about the differences between motherboards.
This is the ATX range of ASUS Z68 mobos.
I've downloaded the specs which list the differences but trying to get a general idea of what they are is tricky with 7 detailed spec sheets open at once.
There seems to be two "DELUXE" models and with the rest being "V" models, with two "PRO" models (one on the "DELUXE" and one on the "PRO") with a "GEN3" option on each , and then just straight "V" models with an "LE" option and a "GEN3" option...?????
And this is excluding all the uATX models.
Is there an easy way to make sense of this and boiling down what these terms mean.
I've opted for an "P8Z68-V LE" for my first build which will use an i5200k with 8GB RAM and HD 7870. I've figured out the supports CrossFire but not SLI which is fine as I'll be using an AMD card to start and hopefully getting a second a bit later.
I will be over-clocking but not immediately and not to any great extreme initially. Will probably get some liquid cooling eventually too...
I'd like to have a better understanding of their range before I commit to buying it incase there's something obvious I might need which isn't there.
Thanks for the reply and the tips...
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