Processor Motherboard decision.

I am building a new comp next week and have all the parts but these two.
Current setup is a AMD 6970(got used for $150), a 600W Corsair PSU, 8GB DDR3 Ram, and a 120GB SSD.

Most of these parts I either got from friends for cheap or were on sale online somewhere.

Now the issue I am having is I have only a $230 budget for a mobo and proc and i want 4 dimm slots :na: .....


My choices seem to be

1.) decent z68 mobo with a i3-2100
2.) ok am3 mobo with phenom x4 or fx series oc'd with a hyper212+

Which should i go with? If i have any other option, or if you have any other solutions that be great too

TIA
-B
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  1. I would say Intel all the way
  2. ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    $105
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157279

    Intel Core i3-2120 $128
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115077
  3. ^ Perfect
  4. i3-2100 and ASUS P8Z68-v LX

    Unsure of exact prices, but the ASUS mobo is a really good quality, budget oriented motherboard.

    EDIT: Prices;

    Mobo; $114 (after rebate) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131781
    CPU; $125 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115078
  5. ya, agreed - Intel:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115077
    - Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz: $128

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157279
    - ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0: $105

    or

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128495
    - GIGABYTE GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0: $105

    TOTAL: $233
  6. songorocosongo said:
    ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    $105
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157279

    Intel Core i3-2120 $128
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115077

    i dislike that motherboard because it doesn't support crossfire, but if you don't need that it's a great board
  7. I would not go for i3 2100 it performs little better than FX4100
    But this baby you can unlock all 6 cores and get it close to 4Ghz
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103995 $125
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131767 $95
  8. maxinexus said:
    I would not go for i3 2100 it performs little better than FX4100
    But this baby you can unlock all 6 cores and get it close to 4Ghz
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103995 $125
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131767 $95

    don't get this, there's no upgrade path and games don't utilize 6 cores
  9. Not everything is about games ;)
  10. maxinexus said:
    Not everything is about games ;)

    yes it is :-)
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