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Need advice (mainly motherboard) on gaming build

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April 8, 2012 10:51:41 AM

Budget Range: $4-500
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Programming, Web Browsing
Parts Not Required: PSU, Hard Drive, Optical Drives, Graphics Card
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon.co.uk
Country: UK
Parts Preferences: Intel, Nvidia
Overclocking: Maybe
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Additional Comments:

I've picked these parts so far:

Asus P8Z68-V LX Motherboard - http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product [...] ROKL5A1OLE

Corsair Vengeance 8GB, Low Profile RAM - http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product [...] ROKL5A1OLE

Antec 300 Case - http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product [...] ROKL5A1OLE

Intel I5-2500k - http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product [...] ROKL5A1OLE

My main issue with the above is that I reckon I should be getting a better motherboard, so I was hoping someone here could help out.

Also, if possible, a motherboard with WiFi or a suggestion for a good WiFi network card would be awesome.

Thanks.
a b V Motherboard
April 8, 2012 11:33:23 AM

take a glance at a asrock extreme 3 gen 3, ive gotten the feeling its a better mobo for less (or the same) price
April 8, 2012 1:09:36 PM

^that. Also, make sure that your PSU is strong enough to power all of that.

If you're not going to overclock, don't get the Extreme3 Gen3 and the i5-2500k.

If you ARE going to overclock, then get some thermal paste and a CPU cooler.

Finally, if possible, I would wait for the Ivy Bridge processors to come out. Performance hike (though small) and less power usage (though small) for the same amount of money (about).
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a b V Motherboard
April 8, 2012 1:11:53 PM

ive heard ivybridge doesnt overclock as well... dunno if its true
April 8, 2012 3:43:40 PM

Is there much difference between the ASRock 3-3 and the Asus one I mentioned in my first post? I've seen some other threads and when the ASRock is mentioned, people say to go for a gigabyte or the asus...
April 8, 2012 4:30:04 PM

Well... ASUS is a better company, but all three are very nice. By the way, your links are messed up.

Here's a comparison:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...

So basically, they're almost the same. The Extreme3 Gen3 has more features LISTED, but that doesn't mean they're not on the ASUS. You would probably have more luck going to the motherboard section of the forums. The ASUS is at a good deal with rebate, but the Extreme3 Gen3 is Japanese-made with gold caps, which mean it's high quality. It's really more of personal preference. I think you should go to the motherboard section with this and outline EVERYTHING you want it to do and take. Including case fans! For example, the Extreme3 Gen3 has an LED fan connector, and I don't think the ASUS does.

Brand loyalty is what it usually boils down to. And aesthetics.
April 8, 2012 4:38:11 PM

Awesome, thanks. I'll do that then.

Thanks everyone :) 
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