I have an AMD built PC that was going to upgrade to Bulldozer, but I decided against it after release. Micro Center has an i5 2500K for $179.99 so I'm scooping one of those up. Now I need to decide between these motherboards. If you have a suggestion that is not included, but is around the price range please feel free to chime in Here are the choices I've narrowed down to.
I like my ASUS Crosshair V Formula that I have now and I plan on overclocking the crap out of the new i5 with a new Notctua NH-D14. If anyone has any suggestions about the ones listed above or how another to offer up let me know.
I really like this ASUS board, but I'm not sure if I should spring for it. It's only 20 bucks more than the most expensive one, but I don't know if I should do it.
Z68 is P67 plus onboard video, lucid virtu, and SSD caching. I'm pro-Z68, but a lot of gamers who are never going to use onboard video opt for P67 to save a little money.
I have a P8Z68-V PRO and it does not overclock well. It's possible that I got a bad one but I've heard similar complaints about ASUS boards from other people. It's a great board otherwise - I just don't get a great overclock out of it.
The ASRock Extreme4 is supposed to be excellent for overclocking. I will say I don't know all that much about the MSI and Gigabyte boards (except that MSI has a reputation for abysmal customer support) but the ASRock boards are pretty feature-rich at their price point.
muahahhahha msi but not the 65 T_T just go with teh Z68A-GD80 (G3) it is a beaast my friend have it and it look's awesome and i think it will look tiny lil pice of braed in ur case
BTW any bord with nice stuff and G3 ready is good except giga coz they are all fake ! only the new x79 and G1.sniper2 wich cost to F much for crap ! so yah get a G3 ready mobo with what u want and 2 PCi slot or 3 is up to how much sli u wana go for me ill stick with 2 lil 580 3gb vram i allways hoped to fiend a 3pci slot mobo but non ! (sad face) *cough*
10 more bucks for PCI Express 3.0, 2 more SATA 6Gb/s, and a much better looking board. I think that will be the final choice. Do any of you see any major differences that I don't? I'm pretty sure that the GEN3 is just and upgraded version of the previous board I posted
Nice! That's what I thought, but I figured I'd ask to be sure. Thanks everyone for your suggestions. I just ordered the ASRock Z68 EXTREME4 GEN3 and my i5 2500k. Next up is the Noctua NH-D14 and a second 6950 and I'll be good to go for a while. At least until I get the itch to tinker around some more and that usually doesn't take too long haha