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Old May 17, 2012, 08:25 PM
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Default Found My CPU, Now What Mobo?

I snagged some good deals locally and hope to finish 'er off with a motherboard. I am not sure if I want to go Z77 or stick with Z68 until the new Intel chips come out. This is what I will use.

1 x I7 2600k
2 x XFX Radeon 6950's 1GB in Crossfire

I was looking at an Asus P8Z68-V Pro. Also looking at a MSI Z68A-GD80 B3. The MSI is a little pricy for me, but will take it into consideration if it's worth it.

Does Z77 offer any improvement for someone using a Sandy Bridge chip?

I will be gaming in 1080P for Battlefield 3, Diablo 3 etc.


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Old May 17, 2012, 08:29 PM
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For sandy bridge the only benefits are newer boards that have better tech built in and USB3 built into the chipset. However I would say go for the ASUS board
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Old May 17, 2012, 08:34 PM
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For sandy bridge the only benefits are newer boards that have better tech built in and USB3 built into the chipset. However I would say go for the ASUS board
Now I just got to find one.

I made a stupid mistake and missed out on an opportunity to grab an LX board. Silly me.
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Old May 17, 2012, 09:53 PM
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Really the z77 gives you bugger all. z68 should be cheaper too

What new chips are you talking about?
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Since you got the 2nd gen Intel processor, just get a Z68 board, you could find one for a descent price. I spotted some in the buy sell section, look around though..
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Not to sound like a fanboy but ASUS ROG boards have served me well so far ...my 2 cents...
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ROG are expensive though... and well beyond his needs.
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ROG are expensive though... and well beyond his needs.
$ 180 for a multiple world record holding MATX motherboard? please tell me you are joking, payed over $400 for my top end board.
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I hate MATX boards, I know lots of folks who went with the ROG one you mentioned, and it is a very good board, HOWEVER, because its matx cooling can become a very real issue as everything is more tightly packed together and can make putting in a decent cooler along with taller ram difficult if not impossible.

MATX boards for this trying to save space, or for those using a specific chassis, very sound idea, for everyone else, my answer will always be to use a full size ATX motherboard, less likely to have cooling issues, space(ram/cooler etc) issues among everything else.

Prior experience with mine and bros computers, it really sux to have an matx board that once you put a "gaming" gpu it ends up blocking ports off and making life more difficult, its not worth the hassle, it may bot be an issue with this "ROG" board you mention, but I know tons of boards that the matx versions compared to the full size boards are just not worth it.

FYI I have also had many freinds have to send thier boards back more often with matx then thier atx counterparts, but thats just my experience/opinion :)

that V pro or even the standard V non pro are supposed to be downright excellent boards, as is the sabertooth version :)
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Old June 4, 2012, 07:42 PM
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What does everyone think about an MSI Z77A-GD65 compared to a Asus P8Z68-V.

Assuming both were the same price... I need to know ASAP.!!!

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