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Gonna be going lga 1155 and need to pick a mobo. I was wondering if you guys could give me some advice. Microcenter has a deal where you get $40 any compatible mobo when you buy the cpu from them, so it'll need to be from Microcenter.

I have already ordered 8gb of this RAM during newegg's shellshocker deal:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231428

This is the cpu I'll be going with:
http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0354589

I'll be water cooling and would like to get as much OC as possible. I currently run a GTX 480 with a GTX 260 c216 for PhysX and would like to keep the option open for a 2nd 480 in sli. If I do ever go with a 480 sli, I won't be keeping the physX card. So basically I'll want at least 2 pcie2 slots with them running sli at least 8x/8x or higher. I'm watercooling the vga's, so I'd like some space between the pcie2 slots. I may go ssd sometime in the future, but as of right now am running standard hdd's. If you guys could link me to your microcenter mobo suggestions, I'd be very gratefull. Budget is $160-170 before the $40 off.

I'm currently leaning towards: http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0364996
    
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Here are a couple more I'm considering. Any advice? Or does it all really not make a difference as long as the mobo is from a reputable company?

http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0364085

http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0366193
    
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Have a look here.

I would go for P8P67 Pro or P8Z68 Pro.
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Get the Asus P8Z68-V. The Gigabyte boards have half as many power phases as the P8Z68-V and I had boot problems with two different GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 boards.

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I would go for P8P67 Pro or P8Z68 Pro.
And both of those are out of his budget.
Edited by Snakecharmed - 8/3/11 at 7:45am
    
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Great info on the power phases. Thats something I wouldn't have even noticed but makes a big difference since I'm oc'ing. Does anyone know the difference between the versions of the ASUS P8Z68-V? I checked newegg's comparison, and evidently the ASUS P8Z68-V doesn't have this statement "Supports Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0" (not sure what that is, lol, keep in mind, I'm still an lga775 guy so I'm not up to date on all this). Also something about 1394a, GPU Boost, LucidLogix, etc ... not sure what they are but some are probably just gimmicks anyway. Here is the comparison:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...7771f51b1ebbd5

I did look at the "P8P67 R3.1" but kicked it off the list since it only supports 16x/4x on the pci-e2 lanes.
    
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You only going for Z68 mobos?
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post #7 of 18
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Nope, willing to consider any good lga1155 mobo as long as it meets the requirements in the OP such as 8x/8x, etc
    
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Ugh....why can't there be a microcenter near me....

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115072
http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0354589

Forty dollars cheaper....
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See these.
Mobo.
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Edited by pteek - 8/3/11 at 8:28am
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Great info on the power phases. Thats something I wouldn't have even noticed but makes a big difference since I'm oc'ing. Does anyone know the difference between the versions of the ASUS P8Z68-V? I checked newegg's comparison, and evidently the ASUS P8Z68-V doesn't have this statement "Supports Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0" (not sure what that is, lol, keep in mind, I'm still an lga775 guy so I'm not up to date on all this). Also something about 1394a, GPU Boost, LucidLogix, etc ... not sure what they are but some are probably just gimmicks anyway.
"Supports Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0" is just the Sandy Bridge Turbo Boost. That comes with the CPU.

1394a is FireWire. GPU Boost is Asus's brand for IGP overclocking. LucidLogix is the developer of the Virtu software used to switch between IGP and discrete GPU, should you care to use that feature.

I'm pretty sure that the only differences within the P8Z68-V line are mostly in how they are equipped and little to do with their UEFI or overclocking abilities. Off the top of my head, only the P8Z68 Deluxe has a PS/2 port, because that was something I had to take into consideration. The sticky thread at the top of the forum will have more details.

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