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A budget Z68 that can overclock; Microcenter

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Irony but anyways;
I'm looking for a reasonable motherboard at the Boston Microcenter and was looking for a bit of help choosing. I want the whole 40 or 80 off with a 2X00K so a Z68 chipset is preferred. I'd also like it to be able to overclock reasonably. Cheaper is better, and under 349.98 for a 2500k+Motherboard with tax is necessary. Possibly any unlisted motherboards that are only found in store would work well.
Edited by AMDPhenomX4 - 10/12/11 at 2:28pm
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You only have a few options. As far as I know, all the P8Z68 motherboards are applicable, as well as the Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3. Both are very excellent motherboards.

I made several threads on OCN debating the two as I really could not choose. Most people recommended the UD3H, but I decided to go against OCN and get the P8Z68-V. I am extremely happy that I did. The PCI lane layout is fantastic and so are the VRM's. UEFI is amazing and I prefer it over BIOS so much. Also, the guy at Microcenter said he hasn't ever had a P8Z68 come back to the store because of Motherboard issues except for one DoA that he had, and he has had multiple Gigabyte's come back for DoA and other issues.

I also bought my 2500k and P8Z68-V from Microcenter 2 weeks ago when the 2500k was at $149.99. The total was $310 with the motherboard.

I would highly recommend the P8Z68-V. It is constructed very well and overclocking with UEFI is extremely simple compared to BIOS. There are a few small things missing from UEFI that BIOS had, but they aren't big deals to me (like disabling NIC controller boot info, only wastes like 0.5 seconds extra for boot).

Edit: Make sure you buy a heatsink, the Intel stock heatsink is far worse than the AMD stock heatsink. It is complete garbage. Hyper 212+ is only $25-30 and keeps mine at 4.5GHz with appropriate temps.
Edited by ComradeNF - 10/12/11 at 2:35pm
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Well, reviews of that motherboard were a little jumbled without a specific identifier compared to the LX. Thanks for the hints!
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Well, reviews of that motherboard were a little jumbled without a specific identifier compared to the LX. Thanks for the hints!
Well I think both the LX and PRO versions work as well with the offer. There is barely anything different about the PRO and the standard though.

Also make sure you get Microcenter's motherboard replacement plan, it's a steal. For only $20 you get 2 years of insurance. If anything at all happens to the board take it back to them with your receipt, you will instantly get a new one. Last time a build I did for a friend had a crappy board that started to blue screen after 10 days. We took it back to Microcenter, and literally after 5 minutes of walking into the store we walked out with a new board.
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157271 affordable, 8+4 phases, upgradeability.
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Irony but anyways;
I'm looking for a reasonable motherboard at the Boston Microcenter and was looking for a bit of help choosing. I want the whole 40 or 80 off with a 2X00K so a Z68 chipset is preferred. I'd also like it to be able to overclock reasonably. Cheaper is better, and under 349.98 for a 2500k+Motherboard with tax is necessary. Possibly any unlisted motherboards that are only found in store would work well.
Do you have any wiggle room? Like $10-$15? You can get this GA-Z68XP-UD3 motherboard with an i7 2600K for $361.23 (includes 6.25% tax) after $15 MiR. That's pretty damn close to your target mark, and a beefier CPU to boot.

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Even better. MicroCenter has the motherboard suggested by dodger.blue as well for $114.99. Take $80 off the top, and you have yourself an i7 combo for $334.67 after tax.

Oops, not the same motherboard.
Edited by Warhaven - 10/12/11 at 3:02pm
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157271 affordable, 8+4 phases, upgradeability.
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Microcenter.com....
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Do you have any wiggle room? Like $10-$15? You can get this GA-Z68XP-UD3 motherboard with an i7 2600K for $361.23 (includes 6.25% tax) after $15 MiR. That's pretty damn close to your target mark, and a beefier CPU to boot.
Oh, the 350 was for the 2500k, 370ish for a 2600k. Wiggle room is good if 5% more upfront is 10-15% later. Well, looks okay for the money.
Edited by AMDPhenomX4 - 10/12/11 at 2:55pm
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Irony but anyways;
I'm looking for a reasonable motherboard at the Boston Microcenter and was looking for a bit of help choosing. I want the whole 40 or 80 off with a 2X00K so a Z68 chipset is preferred. I'd also like it to be able to overclock reasonably. Cheaper is better, and under 349.98 for a 2500k+Motherboard with tax is necessary. Possibly any unlisted motherboards that are only found in store would work well.
I recommend you to buy the Gigabyte Z68XP-UD3 (have MicroCenter to price-match it to NewEgg's price...$139.99) and you will still receive a $15 rebate. Add that to the i5 2500k and you'll be spending a total of $339.98 with tax Or, I can help you find something lower than that if you like. I like MC
Edited by drBlahMan - 10/12/11 at 3:17pm
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I recommend you to buy the Gigabyte Z68XP-UD3 (have MicroCenter to price-match it to NewEgg's price...$139.99) and you will still receive a $15 rebate. Add that to the i5 2500k and you'll be spending a total of $339.98 with tax Or, I can help you find something lower than that if you like. I like MC
Hmm, 40 off with a 2500k doesn't work with that motherboard. I guess I HAVE to get the 2600k with it. If you price match, does the extra 80 off become void?
Honestly, the only reason I'm not going toward the Biostar is due to the 4 Phase design. Supposedly, that is bad. I'd prefer it for the UEFI.
Edited by AMDPhenomX4 - 10/12/11 at 3:18pm
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