Motherboard opinions, sandy bridge compatible

Hello all!

This is my first time posting on these forums but from what I have read people are friendly and helpful so here goes!

I am planning on building a new gaming pc, sandy bridge i5 2500k (3.3Ghz with the 3.7 Turbo boost), and a EVGA 560Ti graphics card, planning about 600W or up for a power supply. I've got some DDR3 ram all picked out (2x4gb sticks), but I'm not sure what motherboard to get!

I'd like a motherboard that is reliable, plenty of features (including HDMI, USB 3.0, etc.), and confused about chipset (z68, p67, ???). I'll probably be dropping another video card in there at some point so SLi is important. I've been told ASrock is a good bang for your buck, and they certainly have a lot of features, but I'm not sure how reliable they are...

I heard that ivy bridge is going to use the same slots that sandy bridge does? Does that mean that I'd be able to upgrade to ivy bridge at some point or will the motherboard not support it?

Thanks a lot you guys! :D
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  1. Ahh well then, you've come to the right place.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271 Boom. PCI-E 3.0 compatible, low low cost. This gets my pick.
  2. Quote:
    I am planning on building a new gaming pc, sandy bridge i5 2500k (3.3Ghz with the 3.7 Turbo boost), and a EVGA 560Ti graphics card, planning about 600W or up for a power supply. I've got some DDR3 ram all picked out (2x4gb sticks), but I'm not sure what motherboard to get!


    Your RAM will be determined by what motherboard you get, not the other way around. No matter which board you get it will be a good idea to head over to your manufacturer's support website. They generally post guidelines for picking out compatible memory (voltage and timing settings are huge factors in this) and which parts they've already tested. They can't test every part but a few from one manufacturer, a few from another will generally determine what's available.

    You will need a good strong 600 - 650W PSU, but I'd recommend something energy efficient as well. Corsair is one of the most reliable PSU makers on the market, as is PC Power & Cooling, Seasonic, and a few others. What's your max budget? Maybe we could recommend some items based around that.

    Quote:
    I heard that ivy bridge is going to use the same slots that sandy bridge does? Does that mean that I'd be able to upgrade to ivy bridge at some point or will the motherboard not support it?


    Yes - Ivy Bridge will continue to use the 1155 socket. They may improve the motherboard chipsets but you'll be able to use it on Z68/P67/H67/H61 platforms.

    This is the board I've been using and I've been really impressed with it so far:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128506

    The aforementioned Asrock board isn't bad at all but the onboard video may conflict with any GPU you plan to use.
  3. How? It's only in use when you plug the monitor into that port.
  4. the best would be Asus P8z68-v pro/gen 3
    That gigabyte board from g-unit is pretty solid
    And Asrock is pretty crappy
  5. g-unit1111 said:
    Quote:
    I am planning on building a new gaming pc, sandy bridge i5 2500k (3.3Ghz with the 3.7 Turbo boost), and a EVGA 560Ti graphics card, planning about 600W or up for a power supply. I've got some DDR3 ram all picked out (2x4gb sticks), but I'm not sure what motherboard to get!


    Your RAM will be determined by what motherboard you get, not the other way around. No matter which board you get it will be a good idea to head over to your manufacturer's support website. They generally post guidelines for picking out compatible memory (voltage and timing settings are huge factors in this) and which parts they've already tested. They can't test every part but a few from one manufacturer, a few from another will generally determine what's available.

    You will need a good strong 600 - 650W PSU, but I'd recommend something energy efficient as well. Corsair is one of the most reliable PSU makers on the market, as is PC Power & Cooling, Seasonic, and a few others. What's your max budget? Maybe we could recommend some items based around that.

    Quote:
    I heard that ivy bridge is going to use the same slots that sandy bridge does? Does that mean that I'd be able to upgrade to ivy bridge at some point or will the motherboard not support it?


    Yes - Ivy Bridge will continue to use the 1155 socket. They may improve the motherboard chipsets but you'll be able to use it on Z68/P67/H67/H61 platforms.

    This is the board I've been using and I've been really impressed with it so far:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128506

    The aforementioned Asrock board isn't bad at all but the onboard video may conflict with any GPU you plan to use.



    Ok, thanks for the ram compatibility advice, I figured if it was DDR3 it would work as long as the motherboard supported DDR3, so thanks for the heads up!

    Oh, and I don't really have a "max" budget, I figured it'd be somewhere between 800 to 1000 dollars, preferably closer to 800. :)
  6. striker410 said:
    How? It's only in use when you plug the monitor into that port.


    By default your motherboard will use the onboard video. With mine it defaults to use the onboard video but any time I reset the settings I always have to enable the option that says "DISABLE IF ONBOARD GPU IS PRESENT".

    Quote:
    Ok, thanks for the ram compatibility advice, I figured if it was DDR3 it would work as long as the motherboard supported DDR3, so thanks for the heads up!


    No problem but make sure you get dual channel as triple channel DDR3 is only supported on the outgoing Intel X58, while quad channel is only supported on the new X79 platform.

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    the best would be Asus P8z68-v pro/gen 3
    That gigabyte board from g-unit is pretty solid
    And Asrock is pretty crappy


    Certainly not a bad choice either. I really like this board and I'll recommend it every time. I've heard mixed reviews about Asrock - either they make really good products or really bad ones. Alternately you could try the EVGA FTW series - they run a bit more (~$240 - ~$300) but for ease of overclocking they're practically unparalleled and there's no one that makes a better competing product in that category.
  7. madchemist83 said:
    the best would be Asus P8z68-v pro/gen 3
    That gigabyte board from g-unit is pretty solid
    And Asrock is pretty crappy

    How is ASRock crappy? Because they don't charge massive amounts? I have used multiple ASRock boards and have zero problems.

    And G-unit, it will only default to onboard if you plug it into onboard. It defaults to whatever you plug the monitor cable into, haha. By the way the board you suggested doesn't have onboard.
  8. I was reading reviews of the Gigabyte board g-unit suggested and people are getting stuck in boot loops?

    Is this really a board stability issue or is it a user issue?
  9. Semmix said:
    I was reading reviews of the Gigabyte board g-unit suggested and people are getting stuck in boot loops?

    Is this really a board stability issue or is it a user issue?

    Probably just a bad BIOS version. I expect they've worked out those kinks by now.
  10. striker410 said:
    Probably just a bad BIOS version. I expect they've worked out those kinks by now.


    The reviews are pretty recent though, like a week ago. Is it possible its the latest BIOS update?
  11. Hmm, I don't know. Yes it could be the latest BIOS revision but I'd bet it's a bad batch of boards.
  12. Btw, the ASRock board you recommended was the one I was looking at. But people both swear by and condemn ASRock, so I figured I'd ask. Thanks :)
  13. Yeah, it's probably a bad batch. I'd stay away then.
  14. There iss NO onboard video on a ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68.
    I have one and it hasn't even hiccupped...
  15. DelroyMonjo said:
    There iss NO onboard video on a ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68.
    I have one and it hasn't even hiccupped...

    I'm no doctor but "Supports Intel HD Graphics Built-in Visuals" And a DVI port usually means onboard video....
  16. What is the difference between extreme3 and extreme4 on the ASRock boards?
  17. striker410 said:
    How is ASRock crappy? Because they don't charge massive amounts? I have used multiple ASRock boards and have zero problems.

    And G-unit, it will only default to onboard if you plug it into onboard. It defaults to whatever you plug the monitor cable into, haha. By the way the board you suggested doesn't have onboard.


    Actually yes it does have an HDMI output on board and it enables the onboard video of the CPU I'm using (i3-2120). Although as much as I like the board I really question why Gigabyte included an HDMI and no eSATA. :lol:
  18. yes the mobo itself does not have onboard video .. CPU does
    here you go striker .. just for you :)
    http://hardocp.com/article/2011/12/07/asrock_z68_pro3_lga_1155_motherboard_review/
    and
    http://hardocp.com/article/2011/11/09/asrock_z68_extreme4_gen3_motherboard_review/

    there is a reason they don't charge much money. Also extreme 3 gen 3 - has only 2 year warranty. And it's worst ocer, and .. you can read it all in those two reviews. And PCI e 3.0 it's just a gimmick and nothing more
  19. extreme 4 is a more expensieve crap then extreme 3 :)
  20. madchemist83 said:
    yes the mobo itself does not have onboard video .. CPU does
    here you go striker .. just for you :)
    http://hardocp.com/article/2011/12/07/asrock_z68_pro3_lga_1155_motherboard_review/
    and
    http://hardocp.com/article/2011/11/09/asrock_z68_extreme4_gen3_motherboard_review/

    there is a reason they don't charge much money. Also extreme 3 gen 3 - has only 2 year warranty. And it's worst ocer, and .. you can read it all in those two reviews. And PCI e 3.0 it's just a gimmick and nothing more

    ....Wow, are you seriously doing that? Every CPU that you can stick in here has onboard video. Meaning if you use this mobo, you have onboard.

    A 2 year warranty. Versus what?

    I will give you the fact that it doesn't OC well. The lack of heatsinks is to blame for that.

    I would also say that PCI-E 3.0 is FAR from a gimmick. Doubling bandwidth a gimmick? On top of that the new AMD 7000 series cards are reported to actually make use of the extra bandwidth. Like I said, A gimmick? Stop trolling.

    What board would you suggest, eh?
  21. I would suggest an ASUS P8Z68V-PRO/GEN3 for reliability, features, overclockablility and PCI-E 3.0 support.
  22. Thanks everyone for your input, it really helped! :)
  23. yes asus P8z68-v pro/gen3
    stop trolling striker
    I'm just saying that CPU has onboard video as HD2000 HD3000 .. not mobo like other people think .. pay attention
    2 year (used to be 1 year) vs 3 years
    Flimsy PCB vs double layer PCB
    the lack of heatsink is not to blame for but only 4+1+1 phases and BIOS.
    Reported to fill PCie 3.0 ??? please .. PCI 2.0 is not even filled up right now
    yes Bulldozer also was reported to be so much better .. and in the end it is crap
    even Gigabyte z68xp-ud3h is better
  24. madchemist83 said:
    yes asus P8z68-v pro/gen3
    stop trolling striker
    I'm just saying that CPU has onboard video as HD2000 HD3000 .. not mobo like other people think .. pay attention
    2 year (used to be 1 year) vs 3 years
    Flimsy PCB vs double layer PCB
    the lack of heatsink is not to blame for but only 4+1+1 phases and BIOS.
    Reported to fill PCie 3.0 ??? please .. PCI 2.0 is not even filled up right now
    yes Bulldozer also was reported to be so much better .. and in the end it is crap
    even Gigabyte z68xp-ud3h is better

    Not gonna get into an argument and jack OP's thread. But I gotta defend myself.
    http://www.techpowerup.com/149225/AMD-Radeon-HD-7000-Series-to-be-PCI-Express-3.0-Compliant.html
    http://www.guru3d.com/news/radeon-hd-7000-series--pciexpress-30-compliant-/
    http://www.tweaktown.com/news/20209/amd_radeon_hd_7000_series_will_use_pci_e_3_0_interface/index.html
    http://www.bit-tech.net/news/hardware/2011/07/29/amd-radeon-hd-7000-supports-pci-e-3/1
    Just a rumor but I didn't make it up.
  25. yeah all it says that it will use it .. not saturate it .. also don't forget u'll need IB in order to take advantage of PCIe 3.0
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