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So I'm looking to finally upgrade the rest of my build. I'm looking to get an i7 2600k and hopefully get 4.5Ghz out of it. Basically in the price range I'm looking for, most of the motherboard's are looking very similar. I don't know who has the best overclocking board anymore, so I would appreciate a bit of help finding the right one.
If you notice, all of these motherboards are from microcenter. This is because they have a deal going on where they will take $80.00 off a Z68 motherboard with the purchase of an i7.

GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3


Z68 Extreme4

P8Z68-V

Really, the one I've been looking at the most is the GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 because It looks good and also I've never had any trouble with gigabyte boards in the past

What do you guys think? IT seems that 150-180 is the sweet spot. I really don't see any real need to get anything more expensive than that
post #2 of 13
If you're only looking for 4.5GHz I'm sure any of those boards are fine as far as OC goes.
I have basically the P67 version of that GB board and I love it.
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I would say the Asus, the Asrock is very closely behind it, actually it's probably neck and neck with the Asus, meh about gigabyte mobo's.
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Here's an alternative that not just looks great is cheaper and has the same features that the Gigabyte board you have up there:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157271

Pretty good performer for the buck as well!
Edited by mark_thaddeus - 10/19/11 at 6:26pm
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i like the msi z68a gd 65
post #6 of 13
Microcenter is having an $80 off any Z68 mobo with the purchase of a 2600K processor currently.

If you don't have a Microcenter nearby, I would be more then willing to pick you up a processor and mobo and ship it your way.

Just for reference, I'm currently looking at a Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H and a 2600K for $387.88 including tax. Or match that mobo with a 2500K for $323.23 including tax.

PM me if interested, it should save you substantially over Newegg no matter which processor you choose.

EDIT: Derp. You already mentioned the Microcenter deal. xD
Edited by Bo_Punk_2.0 - 10/19/11 at 6:33pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by mark_thaddeus View Post
Here's an alternative that not just looks great is cheaper and has the same features that the Gigabyte board you have up there:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157271

Pretty good performer for the buck as well!
Here's the same board being sold today at OCN, barely used from a reputable OC member here!

http://www.overclock.net/main-compon...eme3-gen3.html
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I say go Asus or Asrock, I went Asrock e3 G3 as the difference in price from the Emtreme 4 was about 40bucks and I didn't really need the extra pci-e or ports. I'm so meh about gigabyte lately and my last main PC had a GB board in it.

My current OC was a breeze and is 16 hours Prime stable, I'll try for 4.7- 4.8 under 1.4 volts in the coming weeks as with my current cooler I don't want to push more than that.
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I have the Gigabyte. Its decent feature wise and easy to get to 4.5GHz, but I couldn't push it past that with my limited OC skills. I think I gave it a good go and this motherboard just doesn't OC well or I have a below average 2600K.
     
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asked this same question, took a poll. Asus won, but the Asus and Asrock are so similar and both so good, you cant lose. However the consensus was to skip the gigabyte.
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