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I need help picking out a motherboard for a new build

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January 10, 2012 12:32:17 AM

There are so many choices of boards I don't know what one to pick. To give people a idea these are the parts I will be putting together.

I7 2600k
2x4 gb DDR3 2133 (pc3-170000)
XFX pro750W psu
Haf 932 Tower
Radeon 6870 2gb GDDR5
2 internal harddrives from old compuer
Cd burner from old computer
Also I have 2 monitors. 26 inch led 1080p and 20 inch LCD 720p

I'm going to use the computer for gaming, movies, music, and Internet.
Any suggestions would help out a lot since I'm not sure the difference between the p67 and z68 boards.
January 10, 2012 12:38:06 AM

I forgot to mention I didnt want to spend more then 225 dollars unless for a little more money gets me a nicer board.
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January 10, 2012 1:14:54 AM

Bmajewski said:
There are so many choices of boards I don't know what one to pick. To give people a idea these are the parts I will be putting together.

I7 2600k
2x4 gb DDR3 2133 (pc3-170000)
XFX pro750W psu
Haf 932 Tower
Radeon 6870 2gb GDDR5
2 internal harddrives from old compuer
Cd burner from old computer
Also I have 2 monitors. 26 inch led 1080p and 20 inch LCD 720p

I'm going to use the computer for gaming, movies, music, and Internet.
Any suggestions would help out a lot since I'm not sure the difference between the p67 and z68 boards.


First of all, I would go with a Z68 board because the chipset is newer and it has more features. If you want detailed information about this issue, please read this article:


I suggest that you purchase anyone of the follow motherboards:
~$150* = ASRock Z68 EXTREME3 GEN3
~$280* = ASRock Z68 EXTREME7 GEN3
*These prices can be lower with sales and/or rebate(s).

I have the ASRock Z68 EXTREME3 GEN3 and I can say that it is a very good motherboard. It has a lot of features and is the best motherboard in its price range. It also has PCI-E 3.0 support for Ivy Bridge processors. I currently have my i5 2500k overclocked at GHz without any problems and I could go higher if I wanted. The EXTREME7 is the best in its price range as well, although I think the EXTREME3 will be great for you.

I recommend that unless you have a real need for getting the i7 2600k for hyper-threading, it is not worth paying an extra $100. Put that $100 towards a better video card such as the Radeon HD 6950 2 GB edition.
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January 10, 2012 1:18:43 AM



Unless he is trying to build a very small PC, I would not get the ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Zmotherboard. It is a Micro-ATX motherboard. It doesn't make sense to put one in a HAF 932. I would much rather get the ASRock Z68 EXTREME3 GEN3.
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