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Requirements:

- GREAT Overclockability and Ease of Use
- SLI/CFX Support w/ at least 1 extra PCI Slot for a Capture Card
- RAID 10 Support w/ connections for 4x HDD's and 1x SSD
- Reliability

- Must Be either completely Black or Red and Black to match the rest of my build


Top Choices:

ASRock Extreme3 Z68 for $124

ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z for $169 (Worries me a bit b/c it's mATX....Looks like everything fits though so any downsides?)


Other Considerations:

Gigabyte UD4 for $174

Gigabyte UD3 for $164

ASRock Extreme4 for $184


Can you guys break these down for me and help me decide which is best for my needs? I'm honestly not sure how to choose between them since they seem equal for the most part aside from manufacturer exclusives for each brand. Are there any clear winners or losers here? Any great boards that I have overlooked?

Thanks for the help!
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Probably the ASRock Extreme 3. You might face limitations in terms of expansion with the Gene-Z being a mATX board. Personally I see no reason to go with a mATX board unless you're confined within a micro chassis. Although still a great board, for your needs I'd go with the Extreme 3.

Here's a great board as well but it's over your budget. Thought I'd throw it in there just in case, since it is black and red wink.gif

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157263
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P67 except theres really no huge differences between the 2.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157240
 
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P67 except theres really no huge differences between the 2.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157240

Agreed thumb.gif

Unless you REALLY want the things that Z68 has to offer such as integrated video, SRT, and what not then there is no real advantage over P67. Performance wise it should be the same if you get a good video card and a SSD.
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Thanks for the input guys.

I'm sorry to seem unreasonable but I refuse to buy those fatality boards based purely on principle. lol I'm not a big fan of how they look and the fact that they are endorsements for some random gamer kid make me sad.

As for Z68 vs. P67, is there a reason NOT to buy Z68? The reason I ask is that the equivalents of both chipsets are relatively equal in price and it seems that Z68 is more "future proof" and would be easier to resell in the future. (I will most likely be upgrading to Ivy Bridge when it releases.)

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As for Z68 vs. P67, is there a reason NOT to buy Z68? The reason I ask is that the equivalents of both chipsets are relatively equal in price and it seems that Z68 is more "future proof" and would be easier to resell in the future. (I will most likely be upgrading to Ivy Bridge when it releases.)
Thanks for the help!

If you can find a Z68 equivelent of a P67 board around the same price then go for it. Obviously there isn't a reason not to buy one but some Z68 boards out there are quite a bit more expensive than their P67 counterparts. It really depends which board you decide to go for.

But anyway, the ASRock Extreme3 is a good choice. thumb.gif
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