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New build, which motherboard for i5-2500k? Asus P8Z68 LE

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December 30, 2011 4:20:13 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP

Budget Range: 0-200 (budget build)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Web Surfing, Watching Videos, Listening to Music

Parts Not Required: only thing that is required is motherboard

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: doesn't really matter, got other stuff from newegg though

Country: US

Parts Preferences: none

Overclocking: My first computer but I would like to have the option

SLI or Crossfire: Once again, I would like the option for future proofing

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 if it makes a difference


So I originally bought this motherboard:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I have come to found that it does not offer the option for SLI if I was to ever buy another GTX 570. I also read in a few places that it does not support high OC capability, as well.

The other two boards that I have heard good reviews were for:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
and
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

At this point I'm leaning towards the ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 Motherboard because not only is it a budget motherboard, but it also provides the option for SLI and has good OC reviews.

I'm also not sure about the P67 motherboards, either.
a c 93 V Motherboard
December 30, 2011 4:26:04 PM

Stick to Z68 boards IMO . They are much more versatile .

All Z 68 motherboards will perform about the same .
Just search on Newegg for the features and price range you want .

The Asrock is a good board
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December 30, 2011 4:58:25 PM

I planned on just messing with the computer for a month or so, since it is my first computer, then start overclocking if necessary. Should I just exchange the Asus P8Z68 LE for the ASRock? Or would that be essentially a waste of time and money.
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a c 93 V Motherboard
December 30, 2011 5:08:08 PM

I would keep what you have .

Your GTX 570 will run every game at your resolution , so by the time you might want to SLI there will be newer better graphics cards available anyway
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