1. Welcome to TechPowerUp Forums, Guest! Please check out our forum guidelines for info related to our community.

EDIT

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

  1. MilkyWay

    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2007
    Messages:
    7,190 (2.12/day)
    Thanks Received:
    733
    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
     
  2. bbmarley

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2008
    Messages:
    503 (0.16/day)
    Thanks Received:
    86
    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
     
    MilkyWay says thanks.
  3. MilkyWay

    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2007
    Messages:
    7,190 (2.12/day)
    Thanks Received:
    733
    Weird
     
  4. qubit

    qubit Overclocked quantum bit

    Joined:
    Dec 6, 2007
    Messages:
    13,127 (4.00/day)
    Thanks Received:
    6,656
    Location:
    Quantum Well UK
    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.
     
    MilkyWay says thanks.
  5. bbmarley

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2008
    Messages:
    503 (0.16/day)
    Thanks Received:
    86
    asrocks eufi bios was wierd for me at start mouse was like reverted movement updated it problem solved
     
  6. MilkyWay

    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2007
    Messages:
    7,190 (2.12/day)
    Thanks Received:
    733
    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?
     
  7. Sinzia

    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2010
    Messages:
    862 (0.38/day)
    Thanks Received:
    218
    I'm in love with my P8Z68 Deluxe from Asus, I'm not sure what your price range is, but this thing is killer!
     
  8. MilkyWay

    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2007
    Messages:
    7,190 (2.12/day)
    Thanks Received:
    733
    For some reason in a few places its discontinued but its way to expensive for me, something at £120 is enough for me.
     
  9. Sinzia

    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2010
    Messages:
    862 (0.38/day)
    Thanks Received:
    218
    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.
     
    MilkyWay says thanks.
  10. Achilles1600

    Achilles1600 New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2009
    Messages:
    276 (0.10/day)
    Thanks Received:
    13
    Location:
    edmonton alberta canada
    Last edited: Nov 25, 2011
    MilkyWay says thanks.
  11. tigger

    tigger I'm the only one

    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2006
    Messages:
    10,211 (2.61/day)
    Thanks Received:
    1,423
    Last edited by a moderator: Feb 3, 2016
    MilkyWay says thanks.
    10 Year Member at TPU
  12. MilkyWay

    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2007
    Messages:
    7,190 (2.12/day)
    Thanks Received:
    733
    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.
     
    Last edited by a moderator: Feb 3, 2016
  13. tigger

    tigger I'm the only one

    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2006
    Messages:
    10,211 (2.61/day)
    Thanks Received:
    1,423
    Are there many boards in aria's super specials or today only deals?
     
    10 Year Member at TPU
  14. jagjitnatt

    Joined:
    Oct 19, 2006
    Messages:
    137 (0.04/day)
    Thanks Received:
    43
    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.
     
    MilkyWay says thanks.
    10 Year Member at TPU
  15. JrRacinFan

    JrRacinFan Served 5k and counting ...

    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2007
    Messages:
    19,642 (5.53/day)
    Thanks Received:
    4,745
    Location:
    Youngstown, OH
    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).
     
    Last edited by a moderator: Feb 3, 2016
    MilkyWay says thanks.
  16. mjkmike

    mjkmike

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2010
    Messages:
    1,647 (0.66/day)
    Thanks Received:
    3,807
    Location:
    Alberta,Canada
    MSI Z68MA-G45 Intel Z68 (REV B3) Socket 1155 DDR3 PCI-Express Motherboard

    Don't count this puppy out.
     
    MilkyWay says thanks.
    Crunching for Team TPU
  17. MilkyWay

    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2007
    Messages:
    7,190 (2.12/day)
    Thanks Received:
    733
    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]
     
  18. mjkmike

    mjkmike

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2010
    Messages:
    1,647 (0.66/day)
    Thanks Received:
    3,807
    Location:
    Alberta,Canada
    side speaker out jack. used in 7.1.
     
    MilkyWay says thanks.
    Crunching for Team TPU
  19. MilkyWay

    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2007
    Messages:
    7,190 (2.12/day)
    Thanks Received:
    733
    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.
     
  20. mjkmike

    mjkmike

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2010
    Messages:
    1,647 (0.66/day)
    Thanks Received:
    3,807
    Location:
    Alberta,Canada
    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?
     
    Crunching for Team TPU
  21. MilkyWay

    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2007
    Messages:
    7,190 (2.12/day)
    Thanks Received:
    733
    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.
     
    mjkmike says thanks.
  22. tigger

    tigger I'm the only one

    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2006
    Messages:
    10,211 (2.61/day)
    Thanks Received:
    1,423
    Pci-e 3.0 for ivy is not necessary, my boards supports ivy, with 902 bios.
     
    10 Year Member at TPU
  23. MilkyWay

    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2007
    Messages:
    7,190 (2.12/day)
    Thanks Received:
    733
    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.
     
  24. the54thvoid

    the54thvoid

    Joined:
    Dec 14, 2009
    Messages:
    5,468 (2.15/day)
    Thanks Received:
    4,339
    Location:
    Glasgow - home of formal profanity
  25. MilkyWay

    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2007
    Messages:
    7,190 (2.12/day)
    Thanks Received:
    733
    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.
     
    Last edited: Nov 25, 2011
  26. tigger

    tigger I'm the only one

    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2006
    Messages:
    10,211 (2.61/day)
    Thanks Received:
    1,423
    Looks like its only the ones with no sli support that support pci-e 3.0, So ivy bridge but no pci-e 3 for me.
     
    10 Year Member at TPU
  27. MilkyWay

    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2007
    Messages:
    7,190 (2.12/day)
    Thanks Received:
    733
  28. tigger

    tigger I'm the only one

    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2006
    Messages:
    10,211 (2.61/day)
    Thanks Received:
    1,423
    Weird, says this on that link-Current non-SLI LGA1155 motherboards from ASUS can also take advantage of PCI Express 3.0

    Mines not on the pci-e 3 list, but the p8p67-m is which is the same chipset etc, just has xfire but no sli support.

    Edit actually, the p8p67-m is on both lists, weird
     
    10 Year Member at TPU
  29. MilkyWay

    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2007
    Messages:
    7,190 (2.12/day)
    Thanks Received:
    733
    Okay, just had a long look and the Extreme 3 Gen 3 doesnt have a USB 3 header and the Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H doesnt have PCI EX 3.0

    Might go for something from MSI instead because i do like the military class components. MSI (G3) revisions support PCI Gen 3 while (B3) do not.
     
    Last edited: Nov 25, 2011
  30. John Doe Guest

    PCI-E 3.0 won't be use for a while since GPU's aren't using it yet. Even then, it'd make a miniscule difference over 2.0. So I wouldn't base my purchase over it. As for MSI's military class, it's bull. High current inductors are solid along with the transistor-like caps (Tantalum), but you wouldn't get much of those on the GD-45. I went for the GD-80 and it's solid but there're better options on the lower end. You don't want the Click BIOS for example;

    http://www.hardocp.com/article/2011/06/21/msi_p67agd80_motherboard_review/7

    Shoot for the AsRock. ;)
     
    10 Year Member at TPU
  31. MilkyWay

    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2007
    Messages:
    7,190 (2.12/day)
    Thanks Received:
    733
    The G3s are Click Bios II if thats any better? I dont know i quite like the option of having PCI Ex 3.0 and a USB 3 header as i plan to keep this board for a while. I was considering the MSI Z68A-GD55 (G3); its £125 with free shipping. I dunno you kinda put me off now not in a bad way i just dont want to grab any random board. Can't make up my mind. I think I've seen all the boards in this price range so far, unless i look at lower priced boards.

    Looked at some P67 boards but the prices are just shy of the Z68 so i thought it was pointless.
    I looked up the MSI Z68A-GD55 (G3) and it seemed pretty solid and the ASUS P8Z68 V was kinda the same but has 3 pci ex slots, the last one is PCIe 2.0 x16 (x4 Bandwidth).

    Just went for the Asrock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 as i dont think the USB 3 header is worth paying the extra money. The looks of the Asrock are nice and apparently it clocks okay for the price, you wont be pushing 5ghz+ but i just want a nice 24/7 clock.

    £112.69 + free delivery. I'll post a pic or something when it arrives.
     
    Last edited: Nov 26, 2011
  32. jagjitnatt

    Joined:
    Oct 19, 2006
    Messages:
    137 (0.04/day)
    Thanks Received:
    43
    PCIe 3.0 won't help anytime before 2014. As it is we haven't been able to squeeze any performance from PCIe 2.0 over PCIe 1.0

    Even dual graphics card can not use so much bandwidth. By the time PCIe 3.0 is required, you'd have upgraded a couple of times more. So no point.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
    10 Year Member at TPU

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guest)