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Budget Z68 Mobo - ASRock vs MSI

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Hi,
I have narrowed down 2 budget matx board for an i5 2500k and they are:
-ASRock Z68 Pro3-M
-MSI Z68MA-GD45 (B3)

I am looking forward to CFing in the future so, i guess i should tend more towards the MSI board. However, is there an ASRock matx board which supports CF properly in addition to what the Pro3-M already has? If so, any suggestions please?

Also, is there any sort of feature or problem with the msi which would make me want to change? Like power phases or heat sinks?

Will be using for high end or nearly high end gaming w/ CF HD 6950 2gb and mild overclocking at around 4ghz or maybe more.

Thanks guys. :3
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ASRock boards are very solid considering how cheap they are. I would consider it over the MSI because their lower end boards seem to lack.
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ASRock boards are very solid considering how cheap they are. I would consider it over the MSI because their lower end boards seem to lack.
I thought so too, but i need to find that one board which can crossfire on top of being as awesome as the PRO3-M.

Thank you for sharing your opinion. It sure helps.
post #4 of 7
The ASRock Z68 PRO 3-M only has 1 PCIe slot...no Xfire for that mobo.
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Why would you spend good money on a decent cpu and throw £300 at graphics cards to put them into a cheap mobo?

Just my two penneth for what its worth but save a few more quid and get a decent motherboard. Failing that get one 6950 and a better mobo then another card when you got more spends
post #6 of 7
Since you want to Xfire, you should consider the ASUS Gene-Z (highly recommended matx) or Gigabyte Z68M-UD2H (PCIe layout for SLI/Xfire is kind of funky; will need a case with 5 pci slots).
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The ASRock Z68 PRO 3-M only has 1 PCIe slot...no Xfire for that mobo.
Yeah i know, that's why i am trying to find one with xfire possibility.
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Since you want to Xfire, you should consider the ASUS Gene-Z (highly recommended matx) or Gigabyte Z68M-UD2H (PCIe layout for SLI/Xfire is kind of funky; will need a case with 5 pci slots).
Indeed, this is highly recommended but also highly expensive. I think i'll take Dysheeki's wisdom and save more money. ._.
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Why would you spend good money on a decent cpu and throw £300 at graphics cards to put them into a cheap mobo?

Just my two penneth for what its worth but save a few more quid and get a decent motherboard. Failing that get one 6950 and a better mobo then another card when you got more spends
Argh. I guess i was too impatient to get this rig as soon as possible. It might take a few more weeks before i get the final rig but i guess it's worth it.

Back on topic:
The Asus Maximum IV Gene-Z seems badass. Any flaws or problems with it?
And on also, can't there be a blue and black color scheme? x_x
The red is ... evil to me. x_x
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