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hi, i was just wondering if the build i have set up will all be compatible

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=17562126

the motherboard im currently debating on is the EVGA P67 FTW or SLI or the Z68 ASUS GENE-Z or EXTREME-Z. I will mainly be using it for gaming and school work, however i am not sure if video encoding is necessary for me considering i dont even know what that is but having an extra thing on a motherboard can't be a bad thing. Apparently it also helps save energy and lets you use the full potential of the i5/i7 My problem with the GENE-Z board is that it's a micro board (already bought the full tower) and the EXTREME-Z might be to expensive. And im not sure what the difference between the FTW and the SLI board is except i think one can 3 way sli and the other can only 2 way sli. Any suggestions?
Edited by wallace03 - 5/19/11 at 10:41pm
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Hello Wallace,

I would love to talk about some of my opinions about your build and try my best to answer some of your questions. The specs you picked out looks good if that's your personal choice. I just feel that if you just use the computer for gaming and schoolwork then you could save a little. Let me know if you would like to save some money picking out some parts.

Now on to your MOBO, I dont think the ASUS boards are micro boards. If you could send me the direct links, I think they are full ATX boards which are 12X 9.6... The extended board is the EVGA board. I would personally go with the Asus boards, the Gene-Z or the extreme. Because I believe one of them support 4 way sli

You don't need to buy a WIFI card if you don't want to, if you do than you might find some cheap ones for PCI slots. All motherboards should come with a Ethernet port for you to go to the internet with an Ethernet cord.

Good luck with your decisions! I hope this helps.
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hey, thanks for the reply. i would always like to save some money, but at the same time make sure my build will last me a few years and is easily upgradable. I also forgot to mention that i probably won't be doing more than 2 way sli in the future. Here is the links to the motherboard, all of them are actually not even released yet http://www.nordichardware.com/news/76-motherboards/43147-asus-launches-maximus-iv-gene-z.html

http://www.evga.com/articles/00604/

really wished EVGA would of made a z68 board. im not in any hurry to finish my build, in fact i dont even plan to buy all of the main parts until the end of june.
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Ok, so the boards were not release yet. Thanks for the links.

For sure the EVGA board is an Extended ATX. Its larger than normal size ATX. So that means finding a a case that actually fits E-ATX.

As for the ASUS M-ATX, I wouldn't recommend for SLi since the cards will be inserted on top of eachother since the PCI-E slots are so close to eachother. That means the top card wont have room to breathe and there would be overheating issues. The bottom card would benefit from all the cool air.

Ill try to recommend you some parts for your build so you can save some money. But if I may ask you to wait, as for now, I am helping many other people and will spend a little time trying to see what you can do. I was once in your shoes and so I know that spending too much for something you are not going to use may not be the best choice. Talk to you as soon as I'm done with my college Finals this Saturday!
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alright thanks, good luck on your finals.
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