Last piece: Motherboard...?


Just wanted to get some quick opinions as to what motherboard I should be choosing for a budget gaming build I'll be giving my bro.

So far I've chosen:

Intel i3-2120 ($100)
Corsair Vengeance 8GB 1600Mhz CL9 DDR3 ($45)
Zotac GTX560Ti ($135)
Western Digital Cavair Blue 500GB SATA3 6Gbps ($40)
OCZ ModXStream Pro 700w ($45)
etc, etc.

To keep this thing on a budget, I'm having a hard time decided between a low-end H61 motherboard, or a mid-range z68 motherboard.

MSI H61M-P31 (G3) ($45 after $10MIR) - **ignore neweggs pricing, I can pricematch it cheaper somewhere)

Gigabyte GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 ($75 after $20MIR)
Gigabyte Z68MA-D2H-B3 ($77 after $20MIR)

The Z68 has overlocking, USB 3.0, SATA3, 2133 RAM support, SLI/Crossfire.. and is Gigabyte (over MSI D:)... But the reality is, I am not sure if I even need any of the features listed above with the components I've selected.

I almost settled for the H61 because I do not plan to upgrade this PC at all once it's been built. But then, I thought $30-$35 for a boatload of more features... yay or nay?

Looking to buy this soon, maybe on the weekend once I take a look at weekend sales.

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  1. give me a budget range and the parts that you will not need
  2. modxstream is bad
  3. Thanks for the reply.

    I'm looking @ $600ish from Canadian websites.

    What I have so far:

    Intel Core i3-2120 CPU - $100

    Gigabyte Z68 MOBO - $75 (after $20MIR)

    ZOTAC GTX560TI GPU - $135 (after $30MIR)
    Corsair Vengeance 8GB 1600Mhz DDR3 RAM - $45
    Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB HDD - $40
    Samsung 22x DVD-RW ODD - $20
    OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W PSU - $45 (after $30MIR)
    Apevia X-Trooper Jr. Window CASE - $30
    nGear All-in-One Card Reader - $5

    1x 120mm blue LED fan - Included
    1x 120mm black fan - Included
    1x 120mm white fan - $5
    2x 120mm red LED fan - $10
  4. apevia is known for making bad things

    vengeance ram is expensive for the same ram that other companies offer

    heres what i would get

    i3 2120
    gskill ripjaws x 8gb 1600mhz 1.5v
    the hard drive you mentioned
    the cd drive you mentioned
    the graphics card you mentioned
    xfx 550w PSU.
    fractal design core 1000

    no need for extra fans
  5. Thanks for the suggestions.

    I made a typo up there, the Corsair Vengeance RAM is $45, and here, the G.skill RAM is also about $45ish. I think I'll stick with Corsair just because I like the brand more... + they've helped out really well once before.

    I guess the PSU and CASE should be changed, BUT I'm looking for a 80plus modular power supply, and a window case .. both on the cheap. Any recommendations?

    Also, my brother wanted red LEDs so I've decided just to add 2 CoolerMaster Sickeflows at $5 a piece. The extra white fan is an NZXT re-use from my old PC, just thought I'd count that as part of the budget.

    Thanks again.
  6. I think I'll stick with the Gigabyte Z68 motherboard, I can pricematch it down to about $87 + $20MIR = $67. Which is OK I guess.
  7. Best answer
    if you really want corsair, go ahead. keep in mind aftermarlet heatsinks wont fit at all

    80+ and modularity dont make up for the unreliablity and noise. go get the one i suggested or a seasonic m12II 520w at newegg. they are more efficent and are made by a very reliable brand (which is seasonic)

    coolermaster fans arent great. they die pretty fast. good led fans are from bitfenix but i would say that they are pricey
  8. Best answer selected by rex000.
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