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Seems like a lot of choices...
I was considering a msi z68a-gd80. What would you guys suggest?

Should I get a z68? P67? Or anything else I am not familier with SB mobos
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The only extra features the Z68 offer's is the onboard gpu and ssd caching. If you find yourself using those features then the Asus Z68 V Pro, Asrock Z68 extreme4 or the Gigabyte Z68 UD4 are amongst the popular choices.

I would just opt for the P67 as I have find those features usless to me, in that case the P8P67 Pro or Giga p67 Ud4 and the AsrockP67 extreme4 are the ones to choose from.

Hope that helps
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I would shy away from MSI. Their boards aren't bad and they will overclock fine but they have a couple of blatant quirks since at least P55 that haven't been rectified. My main gripe that I had with my P55gd65 is that there are only two options for loadline calibration, on and off. The main problem is that it causes a negative vdroop. So under load the vcore actually rises which means that under load you are probably going to need to keep vcore higher than you will need. Thats just going to draw more power and create more heat.

On top of that regular vdroop is also higher than with other Asus or gigabyte boards. I'm not 100% sure that this is also an issue on MSI's P67. The loadline without a doubt is. Hardocp had a bunch of other gripes in their review.


That said I'm very happy with my P67 sabertooth. Its like a MIVE but without all of the unnecessary features. It clocks well and has been very stable for me. Based on my experience with the sabertooth I would be willing to bet that the P8P67 Pro is another good option.

That said people seem to be really happy with these Asrock boards too. I haven't looked into them too much though.
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Thanks for the advice.guys...

A lil off topic, ram-wise, g skill sniper or ripjaw x (1866mhz 2x4gb) im thinkin one or the other for ram for one of those mobos
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