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Discussion in 'System Builder's Advice' started by KieranD, Nov 25, 2011.

  1. KieranD

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    Got an i5 2500k on its way and i cant decide between motherboards. Ive got about £120 to spend and was looking at the Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H. I would like a Z68 chipset board because im interested in Virtu.

    http://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials...DDR3 PCI-Express Motherboard ?productId=44509

    Hard deciphering the minor differences between motherboards, its headache material.

    Theres also the Asrock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 on Aria, doesn't need to be from Aria.
    http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Comp... DDR3 PCI-Express Motherboard?productId=46883
     
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    i have the asrock extreme3 gen3 its a nice board

    only 1 thing suprised , the board is not full size and about 1 inch shorter in width then normal
     
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    Weird
     
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    I don't have any specific recommendations, other than that I like Gigabyte as a brand and you should get a mobo that implements UEFI, not BIOS. Apparently, Ivy Bridge won't work with a BIOS.
     
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    asrocks eufi bios was wierd for me at start mouse was like reverted movement updated it problem solved
     
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    Most of them have UEFI, i think Gigabyte have 3D BIOS dunno if they are updating Z68 boards for it as they all use touch bios.

    For Ivy it has to have pci ex 3.0 i think?
     
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    I'm in love with my P8Z68 Deluxe from Asus, I'm not sure what your price range is, but this thing is killer!
     
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    For some reason in a few places its discontinued but its way to expensive for me, something at £120 is enough for me.
     
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    Its discontinued cause there's a new version out that supports PCI 3.0, that's the only difference.

    There's also the P8Z68 Pro, the Deluxe's little brother. I think you don't get the front USB 3.0 breakout box, but otherwise they're the same, YMMV on that, however.
     
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    Yeah i might get a deal somewhere, Aria are doing some stuff thats why i posted links to it in the OP. I remember years ago Newegg where gonna do a European version of Newegg but that never materialised.
     
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    Are there many boards in aria's super specials or today only deals?
     
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    Get a Gigabyte Z68 board if you prefer Gigabyte. I'm on a ASUS P8P67 Pro. Absolute beauty. No useless fancy stuff. Only the good stuff.
     
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    Not necessarily there will be some boards with compatibility, although I am pretty sure the ones that have PCIe 3 links are going to be compatible. I am not going to assist you in buying either board as I am a HUGE fan of the Extreme3 G3 (rather biased tbh).
     
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    MSI Z68MA-G45 Intel Z68 (REV B3) Socket 1155 DDR3 PCI-Express Motherboard

    Don't count this puppy out.
     
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    The Extreme4 Gen 3 is popular but its a bit dearer. The gold caps and overall design of the Asrock Extreme3 Gen3 is really nice, if there is no real difference i might get that board.
    Anyone know what the grey audio connection is on the Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H?
    [​IMG]
     
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    side speaker out jack. used in 7.1.
     
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    The Asrock has the optical audio placed there instead. I only run a 5.1 set so it doesn't matter, i was just interested.

    There is a few boards in the sale but not that many Z68 in this price range. About 20 boards on sale, they swapped the specials at 1pm today because when i had a look at 9am there was only a few things left.
     
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    In the price range in the OP, I would go with the MSI I posted or the Asrock. Both look like great boards it is up to you in what it has for what you do with it. Bye the Bye what do you want from this board?
     
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    Features i am looking for are; possibility to go crossfire so a sli/crossfire board would be ideal, z68 chipset because im interested in lucid virtu, e-sata and an onboard USB 3 header.

    Most of the boards ive seen have those features and the ones posted in the thread, they all have good build quality too.
     
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    Pci-e 3.0 for ivy is not necessary, my boards supports ivy, with 902 bios.
     
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    Ah so its not required but just preferred. I should be able to get pci ex 3.0 compatibility in this sort of range anyway.
     
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    5pm aria change the specials again :)

    Nah no new motherboard specials, CANNOT get the Asrock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 out of my mind so might just go with that if i cant see anything else. £112.69 inc postage is a good deal i think.
     
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