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All,
I'm building a gaming rig for my friend and need some help in choosing a Z68 ATX board.
The Main points to consider are:
1. Good Overclocker (though my friend won't be going for insane overclocking, maybe, just a solid OC under air, around 5Ghz with 2500K)
2. Multi GPU support, with atleast x8 speeds.
3. Good number of expansion slots, both PCIe2.0 & PCI (Practical too, I have the ASUS P67 board and one of the 2 PCIe2.0 slots is wasted by the GPU.)
4. Future Proof

Based on the above considerations, I've looked at the ASUS, Gigabyte & MSI boards, and each has its own USP, but I'd like some suggestions.

Lot of people are also talking of the ASRock board, so, some suggestions again.

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ga-z68x-ud4-b3 or extreme 4. any z68 or p67 board is good. stay with asus asrock or gigabyte(gigabytes do have some quirks) asrock will prolly be the cheapest out of the 3 but is still a good series of boards
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Im probably looking myself at the Asrock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3... PCIE 3.0 and future ivybridge support = good stuff
post #5 of 28
both p67 and z68 have ivy bridge support
but yes the extreme4 is a good board
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Is there a price limitation of any kind? That would help narrow the list down a lot.

Generally speaking, I would have you choose between these:

Gigabyte Z68X-UD4 (or the Z68XP-UD4 if you want Lucid Virtu)
Asus P8Z68 V Pro
Asrock Extreme 4 Gen 3
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post #7 of 28
Extreme4 and P8Z68-V are good options.

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post #8 of 28
See if you can get a good deal on a Maximus IV. Love this board.
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post #9 of 28
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Originally Posted by Maniak;15294996 
Is there a price limitation of any kind? That would help narrow the list down a lot.

Generally speaking, I would have you choose between these:

Gigabyte Z68X-UD4 (or the Z68XP-UD4 if you want Lucid Virtu)
Asus P8Z68 V Pro
Asrock Extreme 4 Gen 3

Well, obviously I don't want to spend too much on the board, but, yes, I'm on the lookout for deals on the Maximus IV, but at the moment it's too expensive.

I'm looking for any board that's under £150, so, I guess the options at the moment are, based on all your suggestions:
1. ASUS P8Z68-V Pro (~£140)
2. Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD4 (~£148)
3. Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H (~£123)
4. Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3P (~£125)
5. AsRock Extreme 4 Gen3 (~£155)

I've studied most of these boards extensively, and I have a few issues with the design of both ASUS & AsRock, when it comes to the PCIe2.0X1 slots. In a Single GPU setup, the GPU renders one of the PCIe2.0X1 useless, and the other will get used by say a sound card. This means that, no more PCIe2.0X1 slots for the future. Gigabyte has overcome this by adding an additional PCIe2.0X1 slot.

Apart from the above, I guess all the boards are identical, though the AsRock is a bit pricy.
Would love to have some thoughts?....
    
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post #10 of 28
Personally, I'd go with the ASUS board for a couple reasons:

-Has an Intel NIC
-Bluetooth 3.0 is built in
-A really nice UEFI BIOS
-Great heatsinks on the VRM's (The Gigabyte UD3's are small and just held on by thermal tape)
-A very nice power design (I don't like ASRock's V8+4 design very much...)

I'm not sure what you plan on using another PCI-E 1x slot for other than the sound card, but keep in mind you can use the Black full-length slot on 1x devices. General rule of thumb for PCI-E, is if it fits, it works.
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