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im doing a new build and im rather confused on which board i should get. the asus maxiums z68 mobo or the gigabyte sniper 2 z68 mobo?

Ive always used asus or evga boards but im not fully seeing what im getting in the maxiums board compared to there asus p8z68 deluxe.....

If i go with the gigabyte sniper 2 board i love that ill be able to have a built in x-fi sound card as my pci one is almost a decade old :/ but a con would be that it doesnt have a build in efi bios but a hypbride that you use in windows which sucks because i want to have that new bios feature...

So they are the two im looking at and just want to make srue im spending my money on the right product.. if i missed anything you guys need more info on please let me know.
Edited by hitman21988 - 11/7/11 at 7:09pm
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post #2 of 14
The extras that come with the maximus are probably things you won't even need, like ROG connect. The p8z68 deluxe should be enough as it will provide all the features you need in an ATX mobo.

Personally, I'd go for the p8z68. I have the equivalent board for the P67 platform and it's great.
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ya, but sadly it out on newegg.... lol and i was thinking of the delux but what can you say about the gigabyte board? 1. like the way it looks, shouldnt really decide on a buy with that in mind lol but it a plus 2. built in x-fi card awsome lol 3. is the new uefi thingy really worth it?
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Of those two, I'd go for the ASUS, they're EFI is really nice, you're not really getting any more functionality than a normal BIOS in my experience, but it does make it easier to work with.

I know, it's not as popular of a brand as EVGA and ASUS, but MSI has some really good Gen 3 motherboards out with their UEFI Bios. I personally think their BIOS looks a lot better than ASUS' implementation. [link to MSI GD-80]

You can get a good sound card for cheap, specially with Black Friday coming up.
post #5 of 14
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ya but my old card is still working the built in one would be a nice cherry on the cake :0) i had always have to install a sound car when there is built in and one less thign to worry about. hmm any msi board you would recommend?
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The MSI-Z68A-GD80(G3) and GD65(G3) are the best you can get from them atm. They just released pics of their x79 boards too. [link]
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if i had a chioce to wait i would but im selling my current computer to a friend so i can fund the new one.. anything from this new company called asrock?
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I would reccomend looking at asrock boards... a lot of them are pretty good
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o and my x-fi card is a pci express( not that short slot but the full one)
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Originally Posted by hitman21988 View Post
if i had a chioce to wait i would but im selling my current computer to a friend so i can fund the new one.. anything from this new company called asrock?
ASRock isn't a new company. It was started as a spin-off of ASUS of sorts years ago, making more budget oriented stuff, but now it's more it's own brand making more higher end stuff too. It may not be as high end as the highest end of the likes of ASUS and Gigabyte, but it's more than the budget stuff that they used to do, and they generally offer excellent value for those who want more than budget stuff but don't care for the more redundant higher end.
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Originally Posted by hitman21988 View Post
o and my x-fi card is a pci express( not that short slot but the full one)
I'm not aware of the types that card comes in, but checking Google images, I'm only finding standard PCI and PCI Express x1. if it's not the short one, it's likely standard PCI.

The bottom one is standard PCI. The upper ones are varying types of PCI Express (4x, 16x, 1x, and 16x respectively).


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