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looking at a possible intel build( depending on what's on sale) for a gaming rig. I don't know a whole lot about intel boards but i'm looking at a 2500K for CPU and maybe a 6900 series or 560/570 GPU! needs sli/xfire too for future! something from newegg preferable. budget is $300.00


also any suggestions on ram too! 8GB
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post #2 of 12
With a $300 budget for a mobo you can get a fairly high-end one.

Here's a few suggestions. (all for the Z68 platform)

ASUS P8Z68-V Pro - Around $220 (Great board, supports up to 3 way SLI/crossfire, overclocks well, USB 3.0)
ASUS P8Z68 DELUXE - Around $280 (Similar to the Pro but with a few extra features you may or may not need)
ASRock Z68 EXTREME4 - Around $200
EVGA Z68 FTW EATX - Around $280 (Great eATX board if you're looking to build in a full tower or bigger)

Just a few suggestions within your budget. Personally if you don't need all the fancy stuff I would go for the ASUS P8Z68-V Pro. It has everything you will need at a competitive price.

There are definitely some other lower end boards you can look at that hovers at the $150 price range but may not have enough features or expandability.
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post #3 of 12
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Originally Posted by brackberry View Post
With a $300 budget for a mobo you can get a fairly high-end one.

Here's a few suggestions. (all for the Z68 platform)

ASUS P8Z68-V Pro - Around $220 (Great board, supports up to 3 way SLI/crossfire, overclocks well, USB 3.0)
ASUS P8Z68 DELUXE - Around $280 (Similar to the Pro but with a few extra features you may or may not need)
ASRock Z68 EXTREME4 - Around $200
EVGA Z68 FTW EATX - Around $280 (Great eATX board if you're looking to build in a full tower or bigger)

Just a few suggestions within your budget. Personally if you don't need all the fancy stuff I would go for the ASUS P8Z68-V Pro. It has everything you will need at a competitive price.

There are definitely some other lower end boards you can look at that hovers at the $150 price range but may not have enough features or expandability.
is this the V-Pro your talking:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131730
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post #4 of 12
Yep, that's the one.
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post #5 of 12
I have that board. I highly recommend it.

This ram http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231428 is good as well.
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post #6 of 12
Yeah, I have the P67 version but also for the 2500k.
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post #7 of 12
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guess what just went on sale at newegg ASUS P8Z68-V Pro for $195.00, saved $15.00 by waiting 1 day and free shipping!!!!
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post #8 of 12
ASUS P8Z68-V Pro is a sweet board, it does exactly what it says on the tin without all the unnecessary features. If SLI is in your future it's a great board.
 
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post #9 of 12
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I see this board runs xfire/sli in x8/x8 mode (vs. 16x/16x). From what i can find, there isn't alot of performance difference, but i wanted to hear your thoughts before i buy.
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post #10 of 12
Virtually no difference in performance from 8x/8x to 16x/16x.
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