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Z68 board 170-190$ with a 2500K, only OCing

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Hi y'all

First time I've been thinking about buying an Intel so I need help deciding what board I should get for a 2500K. The only thing I really care about is OCing it, features such as SATA3, PCIe 3, etc just doesn't matter for me. A plus tho is the Z68 boards which offers video output since I'm not building a gaming rig.

It will be loaded 100% 24/7 so it'll have to be able to take that beating, yep folding is what I have in mind. Does better/faster RAM help in OCing as it does on my AMDs, or is JUST the CPU that matter here? I've got a choice of some different RAM kits, all G.Skill, RipjawsX 2133 CL9, ECO 1600 CL7, Pi 2000 CL7.

Below are the boards I've been looking at and are trying to decide what's the best for a stable overclocking on the 2500K. And yes I know it's mostly down to the silicon for SB, but a good board with solid power delivery and a good BIOS/UEFI should help, in my mind anyway.

Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD4
+16 phases of love (but only 4 actual phases?)
+Low price
+I always have had a preference towards Gigabytes and I REALLY love the looks of it
-BIOS seems to have fewer OC options (thou I like BIOS)

ASUS P8Z68-V
+Seems to give more stable CPU voltage (not confirmed thou)
+Very popular board
+Seems like one of the best implementation of UEFI for SB (ASUS in general)
-12 power phases (I know a phase is not a phase, but still)

ASRock Z68 Extreme4
+Cheap
-Slightly weaker power delivey (8 phases)

MSI Z68A-GD65
-Slightly weaker power delivey (8 phases)
-Most expensive
Frigg d.y.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 3770K@4600MHz 1.288V ASUS P8Z68-V EVGA Geforce GTX780Ti@1293MHz 2x4GB G.Skill TrindentX 2400 CL10@2133 CL10 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
Corsair Force F60 2.5" SSD OCZ Agility 3 120GB 2.5" SSD EK-Supremacy CSQ Full Nickel EK-FC Titan Nickel CSQ 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Alphacool VPP655 w/ EK D5 X-Top Rev.2 EK-Coolstream Rad XTX 360 & XSPC RS240 Phobya Balancer 150 Reservoir 3xScythe GT AP-15@7V, 2xNexus Real Silent 120mm... 
OSOSMonitorMonitor
Linux Mint 16 64-bit Windows 7 64-bit Qix Qx2710LED Evolution II 2560x1440 Dell U2311H 1920x1080 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Keycool 84 w/ Cherry MX Clear  Enermax Platimax 1500W NZXT H630 Func MS3 
Mouse PadAudioOther
Qpad Sweclockers Edition BRIK DAC & AMP Ducky DK9008G2 Pro w/ Cherry MX Clear  
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 3770K@4600MHz 1.288V ASUS P8Z68-V EVGA Geforce GTX780Ti@1293MHz 2x4GB G.Skill TrindentX 2400 CL10@2133 CL10 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
Corsair Force F60 2.5" SSD OCZ Agility 3 120GB 2.5" SSD EK-Supremacy CSQ Full Nickel EK-FC Titan Nickel CSQ 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Alphacool VPP655 w/ EK D5 X-Top Rev.2 EK-Coolstream Rad XTX 360 & XSPC RS240 Phobya Balancer 150 Reservoir 3xScythe GT AP-15@7V, 2xNexus Real Silent 120mm... 
OSOSMonitorMonitor
Linux Mint 16 64-bit Windows 7 64-bit Qix Qx2710LED Evolution II 2560x1440 Dell U2311H 1920x1080 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Keycool 84 w/ Cherry MX Clear  Enermax Platimax 1500W NZXT H630 Func MS3 
Mouse PadAudioOther
Qpad Sweclockers Edition BRIK DAC & AMP Ducky DK9008G2 Pro w/ Cherry MX Clear  
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I was gonna go SB for my f@h rig and i was gonna grab that Gigabyte board for price to performance, but then i was cheap and went the amd route. I'd say buy the Gigabyte board personally.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
1055T |3.96 GHz| MSI 790FX QuadroFX 540 8GB Gskill Sniper |1600 MHz| 
Hard DriveCoolingOSPower
Seagate Barracuda 250GB Xigmatek Thor's Hammer Ubuntu 11.10 Antec HGC 400W 
Case
Antec 100 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 920 D0 |3.8 GHz| Foxconn BloodRage EVGA 9600GT 6 GB Corsair DDR3 |1604MHz| 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
1TB Caviar Black 24X Sony Optaric Windows 7 64 bit Acer LED 23" |1920x1080| 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Razer Lycosa Antec HCG 400 Xigmatek Asgard Logitech G500 
Mouse Pad
SteelSeries 5L 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Pentium 4 Dual Core 2.8 GHz GTX 480 3GB DDR2 533 2x 80 GB WD 
CoolingCoolingOSPower
Cooler Master Hyper 212+ Cooler Master Hyper 212+ Windows BVista 64-bit Corsair HX 850 
Case
Antec 1200 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
1055T |3.96 GHz| MSI 790FX QuadroFX 540 8GB Gskill Sniper |1600 MHz| 
Hard DriveCoolingOSPower
Seagate Barracuda 250GB Xigmatek Thor's Hammer Ubuntu 11.10 Antec HGC 400W 
Case
Antec 100 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 920 D0 |3.8 GHz| Foxconn BloodRage EVGA 9600GT 6 GB Corsair DDR3 |1604MHz| 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
1TB Caviar Black 24X Sony Optaric Windows 7 64 bit Acer LED 23" |1920x1080| 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Razer Lycosa Antec HCG 400 Xigmatek Asgard Logitech G500 
Mouse Pad
SteelSeries 5L 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Pentium 4 Dual Core 2.8 GHz GTX 480 3GB DDR2 533 2x 80 GB WD 
CoolingCoolingOSPower
Cooler Master Hyper 212+ Cooler Master Hyper 212+ Windows BVista 64-bit Corsair HX 850 
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Antec 1200 
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