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Old April 5, 2012, 03:08 PM
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Default Help me pick a mid price z68

OK, so here's the deal: I want to spend up to $175 on a Z68 board. Nothing too fancy, just a good solid board with decent front connectors. I've used and like MSI and ASUS, but I'm open to other brands. I'm leaning towards this right now: ASRock Z68 EXTREME3 GEN3 ATX LGA1155 DDR3 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E SATA3 USB3.0 SLI CrossFireX Motherboard - DirectCanada - it's an ASRock z68 extreme 3 gen3 yadda yadda board.
Thoughts? (Please don't post something about buying a 300 dollar board - I don't want to go there, I'm just a simple gamer... )
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Old April 5, 2012, 03:27 PM
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Was going to suggest that board, along with this one, cheaper and gets the job done.
Newegg.ca - BIOSTAR TZ68A+ LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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Old April 5, 2012, 04:09 PM
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That one looks pretty good too. Have you used a biostar board yet? I've not tried one so far.
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Old April 5, 2012, 06:00 PM
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I like the Asrock board choice. I'm hoping to upgrade in the future but will probably go with a H67 board.

If I was getting a Z68 board and the budget was up to $175, I'd get that Asrock or this one:
MSI Z68A-GD65 (G3) w/ Dual DDR3 2133, 7.1 Audio, Gigabit Lan, PCI-E 3.0 x16, CrossFireX / SLI at Memory Express

The GD55 version is a bit cheaper but I'd probably pick the Asrock based on price.

I prefer either Asrock or MSI.
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Old April 5, 2012, 06:37 PM
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I've used various Asus, MSI, Gigabyte, ECS, Foxconn & Shuttle boards over the years powered by either AMD and/or Intel processors.

I hate Gigabyte and their damn BIOS boot loop issues, Asus and their imminent and sudden deaths, MSI and their fussy setups. Foxconn was decent but didn't stick around, Shuttle was rock solid. Biostar & ECS I wouldn't touch if you gave me their top-of-the-line boards.

I currently have been running an ASROCK Z68 Extreme4 mobo running initially an i7 2600K, but have since upgraded to the recent i7 2700K. This mobo is amazing and has been rock solid running the 2700K @ 4.5GHz stock voltage.

The Z68 Extreme3 Gen 3 is solid step down version of the Extreme4, and is IMHO a nicer looking board. I picked up this specific board (running my previous i7 2600K that is now used by my wife) in her Pink Phantom case. She uses it for 3D animation, Graphics and music editing.

Its a very solid mobo and due to my recommendation, my co-worker also upgraded from his Asus to the Extreme3 Gen3 and says its no fuss rock solid setup and hasn't experienced any issues either.

ASRock has been steadily picking up new enthusiasts, and developing a loyal following if you look for the various hardware forums.

The new Z77-series mobos are about to launch, so the Z68-based mobo's should be coming down in price shortly. Perhaps with the lowering price you can pick up a hot deal!
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Old April 5, 2012, 07:57 PM
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I agree with Ivan somewhat.

I like the look of my Gigabyte Z68X-UD4.... but the possibility of an endless bootloop that's difficult to defeat is a real sharp pain in the ass.
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Old April 6, 2012, 02:00 AM
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I have the ASRock Z68 myself and simply love it. OC like hell and rock solid. I price matched to 135$ which was a steal.
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Old April 10, 2012, 09:29 AM
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Thanks for the comments: Asrock Z68 is in the mail for me. :)
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Old April 10, 2012, 10:22 AM
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ASRock is makeing some good boards now ,I have use gigabyte is the past and had good luck with the Gigabyte EX58-UD5,but all the reviews I have read show the ASRock is a good and Stable board.That why I went with a ASRock Extreme 4 for my i7-3820 .I was going with the ASRock Extreme 4 Z68 when I was thinking about getting a i7-2600K.
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Old April 10, 2012, 11:19 AM
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I highly recommend the ASUS Maximus Gen z68 board. It is an mATX. but it works great and priced right. If you don't have any old PCI gear your good. becuase there are no legacy pci slots. That is the board I recommend. I love mine.

ASUS Maximus IV GENE-Z/GEN3 Z68 LGA1155 mATX 2PCI-E16 1PCI-E4 SLI CrossFireX HDMI SATA3 Motherboard - DirectCanada
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