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Which Motherboard Would you suggest? Sandy Bridge.

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January 19, 2012 8:31:32 PM

Go with the ASRock Z68 Extreme3. The Z68 chipset has a couple extra features that may pay off for you and having back up graphics in the IGP is a nice just in case feature.

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a b K Overclocking
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January 19, 2012 8:34:02 PM

Go with a PCIe Gen3 supporting motherboard.

Asus P8Z68-V Gen3 $180 ( possibly Pro which normally is $209.99 but if there is a sale it would still fit )
MSI Z68A-GD65 Gen3 ~$190 ( although there seems to be some rebates on this one around so you might be able to get it for about $150-160 after rebates.
Asrock Z68 Extreme 4 Gen 3 ~$190 as well

Also all of the above have USB3 header on the mother board in case you have frontpanel USB3 ports on your case.
The Asrock Z68 Extreme 3 doesn't have that header.

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January 19, 2012 8:52:39 PM

If you want the best board for the price range you mentioned . Here it is , as well as a link for the second best

this one has gen3 pcie3.0
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This one is just as good w\o the pcie3.0
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you get one of these boards you will have the best of the best and you will definately be pleased with it.

The second link is an open box that is out of stock but I just linked it so you could see the board.
You can get a deal on them if you do it quick here
http://www.ebay.com/itm/310372848432?ssPageName=STRK:ME...

and here
http://www.ebay.com/itm/120843552585?ssPageName=STRK:ME...

With the asrock boards your price is cheaper and you MAY get a good board. Allot of people are having trouble with memory or pci slots not working in them. When all works they are an ok board.
At least with the maximus there is less chance of a bad board and you will have the most stable system board for your money. not to mention all the cool features.
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January 29, 2012 6:15:28 PM

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January 29, 2012 7:13:35 PM

quocntran said:
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January 29, 2012 10:55:29 PM

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