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Hey all,

I'm heading to microcenter tomorrow to pick up a 2600k (just sold my CPU, GPUs, mobo in my sig). They have a deal with the processor whereby you get $80 off of any Z68 motherboard with your purchase. They list the following:

http://www.microcenter.com/search/se...0%2B4294957510

I don't have terribly many requirements, but I do need:

• Ivy Bridge support
• SLI support (X-fire would be nice, but I'm leaning towards a GTX580 (either 1.5GB or 3GB, haven't decided yet), and might want to add a second card next year when the prices come down
• Great overclocker. I have a custom loop, and want to reach 5ghz if not on air then on H2O (hopefully I get a solid processor, as I've all but decided against the 2700k, which evidently are cherry-picked high binned 2600k chips)

So, how do these rate? Any favorites? Which should I go with? Board size isn't an issue, as I have a monster Lian-Li case. Thanks in advance for any suggestions!
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post #2 of 14
im thinking of picking up that asrock extreme4 myself
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i love the asus p8z68 boards. i just got the regular cuz the pro just has a marvell chip that doesnt run very well. (missing marvell chip = missing 2 sata 6 slots)

any of the upper gigabyte boards are good too. UD4 or higher.
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Originally Posted by allupinya View Post
im thinking of picking up that asrock extreme4 myself
which of the two?


Quote:
Originally Posted by Coolwaters View Post
i love the asus p8z68 boards. i just got the regular cuz the pro just has a marvell chip that doesnt run very well. (missing marvell chip = missing 2 sata 6 slots)

any of the upper gigabyte boards are good too. UD4 or higher.
I like Gigabyte a lot...I used one of their mobos in a build for a friend with a Q6600. Great company. Which of the three ASUS boards on this page did you get?
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CoolingCoolingMonitorKeyboard
4x80mm front/side intake, 4x80mm back exhaust Delta 'Mega Fast' 252cfm / Panaflo 114.7cfm int... 24" WS Samsung (1920x1200) Logitech G15 
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post #5 of 14
http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0373373

but the ud4 is sexy too... idk. overclocking wise from all the reviews i've read they are both great and the asrock has no vdroop and i personally think the build quality is just as good and if not better than the gigabyte board.
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Asus P8Z68
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Originally Posted by allupinya View Post
http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0373373

but the ud4 is sexy too... idk. overclocking wise from all the reviews i've read they are both great and the asrock has no vdroop and i personally think the build quality is just as good and if not better than the gigabyte board.
vdroop sucks, I've done my share of pencil mods...that's a huge plus, thanks for bringing that up

EDIT: btw, do these all support IB?
Edited by fpliii - 10/21/11 at 11:44pm
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4x80mm front/side intake, 4x80mm back exhaust Delta 'Mega Fast' 252cfm / Panaflo 114.7cfm int... 24" WS Samsung (1920x1200) Logitech G15 
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CoolingCoolingMonitorKeyboard
4x80mm front/side intake, 4x80mm back exhaust Delta 'Mega Fast' 252cfm / Panaflo 114.7cfm int... 24" WS Samsung (1920x1200) Logitech G15 
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post #8 of 14
<3 MY ASRock
Bumped it up to 5.2 so far but I think that is my wall.
5.0 @ 1.49v stable as-A-ROCK this Mobo is going to make ASRock a key player! cant say enough about it. I just sold a ASUS CH-V to buy this bad boy, and I am so happy I did.
http://valid.canardpc.com/show_oc.php?id=2055502
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ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3!
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post #10 of 14
Will P67 support IB? I really don't understand buying a Z68 over a P67.
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