Can someone help me find a good motherboard for this setup?

my budget is 1300$ (includes keyboard, monitor, wireless modem and mouse) before rebate

my original plan was to get this asrock mobo ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271 but for some reason i have a bad sensation for this mobo and now im looking for a replacement that would support my setup ( i dont mind if you change something small like the ram sticks, etc) and the mobo would also cost under 160$ thank you~ :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231445

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R1 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819115072

MSI N570GTX Twin Frozr III PE/OC GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support ...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127582

XFX Core Edition PRO850W (P1-850S-NLB9) 850W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207011

Corsair Graphite Series 600T CC600TM Mid-Tower Gaming Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139007
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  1. i would also like to state im a complete noob when it comes to computer hardware.
  2. That extreme gen 3 motherboard is probably your best bet, whats the bad feeling?
  3. There's nothing wrong with the mobo. You're parts are fine, you should stick with them. Unless your planning on SLI you should reduce to 750W as 850W is only needed for SLI and above.

    glungus said:
    i would also like to state im a complete noob when it comes to computer hardware.


    Confirmed
  4. good setup and also the gen3 would be better
  5. get a better cooler if you have the money and plan on overclocking a decent amount
  6. BohleyK said:
    There's nothing wrong with the mobo. You're parts are fine, you should stick with them. Unless your planning on SLI you should reduce to 750W as 850W is only needed for SLI and above.


    Confirmed

    i do plan on sli in the near future once i get the extra money to do so.
  7. cbrunnem said:
    get a better cooler if you have the money and plan on overclocking a decent amount

    i dont think i will be overclocking anytime soon since i dont really get the concept of overclocking maybe the next time i build a computer, i might want to overclock but to me and my lack of understanding, i think i might fry the processor doing so.
  8. mobohobo said:
    That extreme gen 3 motherboard is probably your best bet, whats the bad feeling?

    i have a feeling the mobo will be lacking for some reason or DOA on arrival
  9. i found this asrock mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157265 does anyone have an opinion?
  10. Yep, it's pretty good. I linked that! lol
  11. cutebeans said:
    Yep, it's pretty good. I linked that! lol

    but they both have different pictures :3
  12. ones GEN3 and the other is (B3)
  13. it is a good board actually... what it lacks compared to z68 are the smart response technology and lucid virtu switchable graphics capability... not to mention that you cannot use the cpu's built-in graphics... if you can live without these features... then it's ok for you to get the p67 board...

    for more info about the features that z68 has... look down here...

    http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/motherboards/2011/05/13/what-is-the-intel-z68-chipset/1
  14. phenom90 said:
    it is a good board actually... what it lacks compared to z68 are the smart response technology and lucid virtu switchable graphics capability... not to mention that you cannot use the cpu's built-in graphics... if you can live without these features... then it's ok for you to get the p67 board...

    for more info about the features that z68 has... look down here...

    http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/motherboards/2011/05/13/what-is-the-intel-z68-chipset/1

    to a person who dosent know much or anything at all about computer hardware, and is mainly going to use the computer for gaming, school work and streaming, which board woulld you recommended?
  15. Oh wait, I thought it was the z68 extreme4 gen3. don't get a p67 motherboard seriously.

    What the poster meant was. In any event that your GPU gets broken, you will be able to use the cpu's built in graphics card so you can still use the computer. If you get a p67, you won't be able to use the computer until you buy a new GPU.

    The smart response technology is for SSDs. Since you don't have one, it won't be any different.

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/4329/intel-z68-chipset-smart-response-technology-ssd-caching-review
  16. wait i get it :L im thinking of a z68 board now :3
  17. does anyone have any z68 mobo suggestions?
  18. z68 extreme4 gen3 since you don't want to buy the extreme3

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157250
  19. cutebeans said:
    z68 extreme4 gen3 since you don't want to buy the extreme3

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157250

    thats too expensive i can afford the extra 20$
  20. I thought you didn't want to buy that since you felt that it was going to be DOA.

    That's the best.

    If you don't plan to SLI.

    Get this motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157251

    Get this power supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139028
  21. cutebeans said:
    Oh wait, I thought it was the z68 extreme4 gen3. don't get a p67 motherboard seriously.

    What the poster meant was. In any event that your GPU gets broken, you will be able to use the cpu's built in graphics card so you can still use the computer. If you get a p67, you won't be able to use the computer until you buy a new GPU.

    The smart response technology is for SSDs. Since you don't have one, it won't be any different.

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/4329/intel-z68-chipset-smart-response-technology-ssd-caching-review

    when ssd's price lower i might buy one...........
  22. glungus said:
    when ssd's price lower i might buy one...........


    It is very expensive

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148442
  23. cutebeans said:
    I thought you didn't want to buy that since you felt that it was going to be DOA.

    That's the best.

    If you don't plan to SLI.

    Get this motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157251

    Get this power supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139028

    because i will probably sli in due time i actually think i will stick with my original board since its sli supported and with more optimal features.. you guys convinced me to keep the mobo i have originally chosen. thank you for your responses, and sorry if i wasted your time
  24. cutebeans said:

    well then... i dont think i will get a ssd any time soon...
  25. Good luck then lol.
  26. don't worry asrock extreme3 gen3 is well worth buy considering its features and price...
  27. glungus said:
    because i will probably sli in due time i actually think i will stick with my original board since its sli supported and with more optimal features.. you guys convinced me to keep the mobo i have originally chosen. thank you for your responses, and sorry if i wasted your time


    that board is a great board. i have overclocked my i7 to 5.0 ghz with that board with that being said why get a z68 board and a cpu cooler if your not going to overclock. any h67 board will have the feature your looking at and cheaper and since your not overclocking you do not need a 2500k nor a cpu cooler....
  28. no worrys here :) stick with that motherboard, but if you later thinking of "sli" the gtx 570 you should change the psu to an 850w
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