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Hey I'm new to the forums, always been looking on from the guest section. Usually too focused in games to really dedicate myself to post on forums regularly. Anyways I am looking for help on my new upgrade!

Decided on getting an Intel 2500k since it seems the best bang for the buck and will be holding onto it for hopefully a year or two. (If Ivy Bridge is completely epic, then I may switch over)

The rest of my system is fine, dont really feel it needs an upgrade so currently just want to get out of the DUO core and into the i series.

Cant decide what Motherboard to get however! I dont want to fork out a large sum of money on a motherboard on something like a Maximus ASUS or something. I am using umart.com.au/ and this is what I am looking at currently (ALL AUSSIE PRICES):

Asus P8Z68-M PRO Z68 - $143
Asus P8Z68-V LE - $159
Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3 (dont really like this, I thought it was the UD3P :l) - $150
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 $137
ASRock Z68 Extreme4-Gen3 - $180
Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3R-B3 - $176.

Now most people suggested me to either buy the ASRock Z68 Extreme 3 Gen 3 or the ASRock Z68 Extreme4-Gen3. They said that the ASRock Z68 Extreme3 is the exact same as 4 except it looks better and has 2 less SATA III and some other little niche things I don't really need (I aint doing crazy quad-SLI/AMD crap ). However I read on these forums and people are saying that the Extreme 3 has BIOS bugs that cause it to not reach over 4.2GHZ (I want to reach above 4.5GHZ hopefully :S). If this aint true I think this is my first choice since it just looks so darn sexy and has a lot of nice features.

I dont know the difference between the two ASUS boards on my list, there is a $20 difference between them. Any information on that, and are they worth looking at over the ASRock series?

I was looking for the Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3P but it isn't currently being sold in my local store, so the closest thing was the GA-Z68X-UD3R-B3 which looks similar, if not identical.

Final question, will my Corsair H50 be usable on the Z68 brackets? I bought it when it was 1156 and 1366 dominating.

Also for RAM I got recommended to buy the Gskill 2133 CL9 2x4GB kit which is around $100 AU. Worth?

Anyways cheers for the help if you can give some! I plan to buy today or tomorrow so the sooner the help, the better! CHEERS!
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The asrock xtreme 3 gen 3 is great has support for PCie 3.0 and IB plus great price
FOr ram 1866 or 1600mhz is all you need
i have the xtreme gen 3 and am currently running 5ghz on 1.375 volts lol
Edited by daman246 - 10/25/11 at 6:48pm
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The asrock xtreme 3 gen 3 is great has support for PCie 3.0 and IB plus great price
FOr ram 1866 or 1600mhz is all you need
i have the xtreme gen 3 and am currently running 5ghz on 1.375 volts lol
Wow cheers for the quick reply. So you runnning an 2500k at 5ghz? If that is the case then it may be an instabuy unless the ASUS or Gigabyte motherboards are really good as-well.
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post #4 of 65
well for the money it aint worth getting over the asrock. much better to use the left over cash to get a better GPU PLus the asrock is capable of running Sli or CF at 8/8x
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well for the money it aint worth getting over the asrock. much better to use the left over cash to get a better GPU PLus the asrock is capable of running Sli or CF at 8/8x
But I currently have the money to get any of those motherboards really. I don't really need to upgrade my GPU atm. Saving money is always good though. I just mean if there are some really good features on the other motherboards which aren't on the ASRocks that are worth it.
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well the asrock is the only one of those boards that supports PCie ex 3.0 remmeber to get 1600mhz ram since some of those boards dont support 2xxx mhz unless OC
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well the asrock is the only one of those boards that supports PCie ex 3.0 remmeber to get 1600mhz ram since some of those boards dont support 2xxx mhz unless OC
Oh didn't' know that. I thought they all supported PCIE 3.0 since they are Z68. :l Also is getting anything over 2000mhz really useful? I was highly recommended to get the Gskill 2133 CL9 2x4GB kit. Any better ones out there (Corsair Vengeance for example?).

Also any substantial reason to get a ASRock Extreme 4 board over an Extreme 3 board?
Edited by Hot Fuzz - 10/25/11 at 7:15pm
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post #8 of 65
real world difference you wont notice anything in benching you will thats about it lol
teh asrock xtreme 4 gen 3 has 4 sata 3 instead of 2 thats about it your better of getting xtreme 3
Edited by daman246 - 10/25/11 at 7:20pm
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real world difference you wont notice anything in benching you will thats about it lol
Haha cheers man! So can you recommend any good RAM worth looking at?
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post #10 of 65
what heatsink are you gonna go for if your getting anything big like the hyper 212+ you cant throw in corsair rams there since there way to tall
check out any Gskill or mushkin rams there very good
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