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[ame="http://www.amazon.com/GIGABYTE-GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3-Intel-Z68-Motherboard/dp/B004ZBHMN8"]Amazon.com: GIGABYTE GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 Intel Z68 Motherboard: Electronics[/ame]

$129.99 USD, no tax, 5 bucks shipping (California, SD here)

GIGABYTE GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 Intel Z68 Motherboard

I plan to use an i3 2100 and upgrade to a 2600k in a year or two or even IvyB.
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post #2 of 6
Not bad for a mATX. I'm starting to like Gigabyte quality more and more.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128495&Tpk=GIGABYTE%20GA-Z68MA
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post #3 of 6
Looks like a solid board. It's interesting that there are no more legacy PCI slots.
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like it
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So guys, I'm kinda new to the VRM stuff?

Does this thing have like 7 only? Or is it the 4 +3 stuff? Heck I am not even sure what VRMs look like xD

Is having no PCI bad?

Also, do you guys think it's easy to update the BIOS for this MoBo?

Also, even if it supports SLI, won't the 2nd card fit? Those Sata connection would get in the way right?
Edited by tubers - 5/14/11 at 1:39am
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post #6 of 6
The VRMs on Gigabyte boards are generally pretty solid, so there shouldn't be any problems.

Having no PCI is irrelevant unless you have PCI cards that you plan to use. A lot of expansion cards these days are moving to PCI Express anyway.

The SATA port positioning is a legitimate concern if you're going SLI. If you're seriously considering multi-GPU, get a real ATX-sized board.
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