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Yep I'm lost.... I actually own my own business and am usually good at getting good motherboards but since this is going to be my rig my OCD has kicked in and I need something perfect.

Uses for the mobo: Folding and gaming for the most part. I need it to be able to overclock well and be stable.

I don't care about color or Ivy Bridge support as once I get IB I will also get a new motherboard and the one I'm buying today will be used as a 24/7 folding rig.

One thing I do care about though is length of warranty. Well I don't care about it TOO much....

I was looking at the MSI Z68A-GD65 with the 5 year warranty and it seems to be decent. Thoughts?

Edit: Would prefer under $200 or near it.
Edited by nbmjhk6 - 10/20/11 at 1:12am
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most people buy these:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131730
or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157264
or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128507

do you like asrock, asus, or gigabyte, take your pic, but you cant go wrong with any of them.
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Originally Posted by gooface View Post
most people buy these:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131730
or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157264
or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128507

do you like asrock, asus, or gigabyte, take your pic, but you cant go wrong with any of them.
I don't carry any brand preference and was originally gonna get the Extreme4 Gen3. I'll most likely just buy that and not think anymore.
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I would recommend the ASRock board. I'm using the P67 Extreme4 Gen3, it's the Z68 Extreme4's brother. It's about $50 cheaper than the Z68, the only difference is the chipset.

ASRock boards are on par with ASUS quality, and they post a lot faster too. They are also great overclockers, running my 2500K @ 4.8ghz. Like the poster suggested, you can't go wrong with any of those boards listed.

I believe the Gigabyte board lacks a graphical BIOS.
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I don't carry any brand preference and was originally gonna get the Extreme4 Gen3. I'll most likely just buy that and not think anymore.
get it then, you cant go wrong at all with it.
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I would recommend the ASRock board. I'm using the P67 Extreme4 Gen3, it's the Z68 Extreme4's brother. It's about $50 cheaper than the Z68, the only difference is the chipset.

ASRock boards are on par with ASUS quality, and they post a lot faster too. They are also great overclockers, running my 2500K @ 4.8ghz. Like the poster suggested, you can't go wrong with any of those boards listed.

I believe the Gigabyte board lacks a graphical BIOS.
I know the finer details. I have been studying for a couple of months.

I will most likely get the P67 version and get one of my HDD now rather then later. My 500gb Seagate is going strong but it is FULL...

You are correct Gigabyte uses a "hybrid UEFI" that I really don't like after using a regular UEFI for the first time.

How long is Asrocks warranty btw? I hear it's 2 years but just want to make sure.
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Yep I'm lost.... I actually own my own business and am usually good at getting good motherboards but since this is going to be my rig my OCD has kicked in and I need something perfect.

Uses for the mobo: Folding and gaming for the most part. I need it to be able to overclock well and be stable.

I don't care about color or Ivy Bridge support as once I get IB I will also get a new motherboard and the one I'm buying today will be used as a 24/7 folding rig.

One thing I do care about though is length of warranty. Well I don't care about it TOO much....

I was looking at the MSI Z68A-GD65 with the 5 year warranty and it seems to be decent. Thoughts?

Edit: Would prefer under $200 or near it.
gigabyte z68xp ud4 is the best choice,
asus p8z68v pro & asrock z68 extreme4 gen3 are also good,
all these above boards have full black pcb & we all know that full black pcb is the best.
msi z68a gd65 don't have full black pcb.
Edited by Aniket - 10/20/11 at 2:26am
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gigabyte z68xp ud4 is the best choice,
asus p8z68v pro & asrock z68 extreme4 gen3 also good,
all these above boards have full black pcb & we all know that full black pcb is the best.
msi z68a gd65 don't have full black pcb.
I see you're from India so I'll accept the bad English but why is the gigabyte the best? You just seem to be a fanboy and are giving me absolutely NO reason to buy the Gigabyte board.

At least give some advice besides: "Get this one it's better then those other two even though I have no idea why...."
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I see you're from India so I'll accept the bad English but why is the gigabyte the best? You just seem to be a fanboy and are giving me absolutely NO reason to buy the Gigabyte board.

At least give some advice besides: "Get this one it's better then those other two even though I have no idea why...."
I have the non XP version of that (same board, minus video out isnt on my board) its a fine board, but you cant use the reset button atm.
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I see you're from India so I'll accept the bad English but why is the gigabyte the best? You just seem to be a fanboy and are giving me absolutely NO reason to buy the Gigabyte board.

At least give some advice besides: "Get this one it's better then those other two even though I have no idea why...."
I just try to keep my english simple,
I'm not a fanboy,asus,gigabyte,asrock are my favourite brands.
I suggested you to go with gigabyte z68xp ud4 because I have seen people reaching 5ghz+ with this particular mobo while most of the people who went with asus p8z68v pro couldn't get past 4.8ghz with their cpu,
see,I'm not saying that asus p8z68v pro is bad,I'm just saying that gigabyte z68xp ud4 is a better option if you are into extreme overclocking.
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