Havent built a computer in a long time and am trying to get back into it. It will be used primarily for gaming, and since iv been out of the game for a while any help would be appreciated. I dont really want to spend any more than $1200, and although i have never over-clocked id like to try it in the future. Any way keeping all that in mind the only thing I have picked out so far is the CPU so I have a long way to go. Hopefully with your guys help I can get an awesome gaming comp up and running. Next thing i want to pick out is the motherboard, any ideas?
Approximate Purchase Date: As soon as I can pick all the parts
Budget Range: dont really want to spend more than 1200 but could go to 1500 if I had to
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg
Parts Preferences: Intel
Overclocking: Yes, never done it but def want to try in the future
SLI or Crossfire: Yes, dont really have a preference between amd and nvidia
Monitor Resolution: I have a separate budget for a Monitor havent bought it yet
Additional Comments: Havent done this in a while, looking forward to making the best build i can
The ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 is a popular budget motherboard for all your system needs. The Extreme4 has a few upgrades such as more PCI slots, more storage drive connectors, and onboard USB 3.0 connectors.
The ASUS board is a quality board (I happen to have it). The ASUS board has features similar to the Extreme4 Gen3. Most people, as I did, went with ASUS because of the longer warranty (3 years vs. ASRock's 2 years) and the highly regarded quality brand.
If you are willing to spend the money, I'd vouch for the ASUS.