MSI Z68A-G43 (G3) LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
this second mobo originally costs 90 dlls, but now its going for 64 so i thought this one would be a better option than the one above. what do you guys think? thank you for reading this =)
z68 motherboards can support new ivy bridge processors just fine. But, they all received this support via a BIOS update after ivy bridge was announced. So the scary thing about buying a Z68 board for an Ivy bridge is that you don't know what BIOS it is going to ship with. If it is new, you'll be fine. If it's old stock and has been sitting around for 18 months, then it won't boot with the new processor. And then you are stuck in a catch-22 where you need a BIOS update, but you can't boot your computer to do the BIOS Update bercause you need the update to support your only CPU!
So long story short, I wouldn't feel comfortable recommending an older sandy bridge era for a new ivy bridge build.
If you are looking to save money and aren't overclocking (non-K chip) then B75 can be a good value. It still comes with Sata III and USB 3.0, but generally not going to support things like SLI or SSD cache, etc.