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I'm going to build a new system in the near future, but I'm not sure what motherboard I should choose. I'm planning to get the i7-2700k from RetailEdge, but I'm not sure what motherboard I should get with it. I was planning to get the Asus Sabertooth, but after looking into them, I'm not sure what to get anymore. I'm mostly planning to use it for playing games. My budget for it is ~$200 or less. The more SATA ports it has, the better it'll be for me. Also, I was wondering if someone can tell me what's the differences between the different series of motherboards. Thanks
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Here's it in a nutshell. All Sandy Bridge CPUs are LGA 1155. The 1155 platform has 4 chipsets to choose from: H61, H67, P67, and Z68.

H61: Classic series. This is for home use and casual gaming.

H67: Allows you to use integrated GPU of Sandy Bridge. If you want a HTPC.

P67: Allows you to overclock. If you want to do some serious gaming.

Z68: Essentially combines H67 and P67 features. You can overclock, use integrated graphics, plus has SSD caching.

Since the Z68 and P67 are roughly the same price, it's better to buy a Z68 board, unless there is a P67 board that you just have to have.

That being said, for under $200 a very popular choice is the Asrock Z68 for $130. If you want to spend a little more, you can buy an Asus, which also has UEFI.

*Edit* This is an easy way to remember the naming series. The "H" is for Home, aka home theater. The "P" is for Player or Performance. The "Z" is just a snazzy way Intel names their top line, like a Nissan 350Z.

Hope this helps smile.gif
Edited by janas19 - 11/24/11 at 4:19pm
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Here's it in a nutshell. All Sandy Bridge CPUs are LGA 1155. The 1155 platform has 4 chipsets to choose from: H61, H67, P67, and Z68.
H61: Classic series. This is for home use and casual gaming.
H67: Allows you to use integrated GPU of Sandy Bridge. If you want a HTPC.
P67: Allows you to overclock. If you want to do some serious gaming.
Z68: Essentially combines H67 and P67 features. You can overclock, use integrated graphics, plus has SSD caching.
Since the Z68 and P67 are roughly the same price, it's better to buy a Z68 board, unless there is a P67 board that you just have to have.
That being said, for under $200 a very popular choice is the Asrock Z68 for $130. If you want to spend a little more, you can buy an Asus, which also has UEFI.

good point

Probably a GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD4 would be good for you.
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Here's it in a nutshell. All Sandy Bridge CPUs are LGA 1155. The 1155 platform has 4 chipsets to choose from: H61, H67, P67, and Z68.
H61: Classic series. This is for home use and casual gaming.
H67: Allows you to use integrated GPU of Sandy Bridge. If you want a HTPC.
P67: Allows you to overclock. If you want to do some serious gaming.
Z68: Essentially combines H67 and P67 features. You can overclock, use integrated graphics, plus has SSD caching.
Since the Z68 and P67 are roughly the same price, it's better to buy a Z68 board, unless there is a P67 board that you just have to have.
That being said, for under $200 a very popular choice is the Asrock Z68 for $130. If you want to spend a little more, you can buy an Asus, which also has UEFI.
*Edit* This is an easy way to remember the naming series. The "H" is for Home, aka home theater. The "P" is for Player or Performance. The "Z" is just a snazzy way Intel names their top line, like a Nissan 350Z.
Hope this helps smile.gif

Okay, thanks for the information. That answers my question on the different kinds. I guess I'll go with a Z68 board. I'm looking at this one, the Asus P8Z68-V Pro, here's the link to it
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131730
Is it a good one? It looks like a good one but I'm not completely sure. I also read somewhere that the Z68 boards are compatible with the new Ivy Bridge when they come out, do you happen to know if that's true? Thanks
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I'm looking at this one, the Asus P8Z68-V Pro, here's the link to it
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131730
Is it a good one? It looks like a good one but I'm not completely sure. I also read somewhere that the Z68 boards are compatible with the new Ivy Bridge when they come out, do you happen to know if that's true? Thanks

That's a great board. :thumbs up: It's the Z68, and Asus is the leader in quality. I would buy it myself if I had the money.

Just make sure it has all the PCI ports you need. If yes, then you're good!

To answer your second question, ALL Asus Z68 boards support Ivy Bridge, yes. But you're already buying a very powerful chip, so you won't really need to upgrade that soon. Most people would recommend the i5-2500k. It has plenty of power for any serious gamer. If you're not doing any heavy video transcoding or 3D rendering, the extra power of the i7 is overkill.
Edited by janas19 - 11/24/11 at 5:46pm
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Most sold board in the world is Asus i think that speaks for itself i personally wont buy anything but Asus in less of course something like an EVGA board but then i wont use intel either cause i wont pay through the roof and EVGA dont make an AMD based board.....
    
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I'm looking at this one, the Asus P8Z68-V Pro, here's the link to it
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131730
Is it a good one? It looks like a good one but I'm not completely sure. I also read somewhere that the Z68 boards are compatible with the new Ivy Bridge when they come out, do you happen to know if that's true? Thanks
That's a great board. :thumbs up: It's the Z68, and Asus is the leader in quality. I would buy it myself if I had the money.
Just make sure it has all the PCI ports you need. If yes, then you're good!
To answer your second question, ALL Asus Z68 boards support Ivy Bridge, yes. But you're already buying a very powerful chip, so you won't really need to upgrade that soon. Most people would recommend the i5-2500k. It has plenty of power for any serious gamer. If you're not doing any heavy video transcoding or 3D rendering, the extra power of the i7 is overkill.

I figured as much, I was just curious about the Ivy Bridge thing. I think that it'll have all the PCI slots that I'll need. The only things that I'm planning to add is a sound card, and maybe a SATA card for more SATA ports, but I don't think that I'll need the SATA card. For the sound card, I'm thinking about the Creative X-Fi Titanium, Asus Xonar DX, or Asus Xonar DG, depending on how much I want to spend on it and whether or not I can connect the front panel audio to it.
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Most sold board in the world is Asus i think that speaks for itself i personally wont buy anything but Asus in less of course something like an EVGA board but then i wont use intel either cause i wont pay through the roof and EVGA dont make an AMD based board.....

I've also heard good things about EVGA, but that's more than I want to pay for a motherboard. Thanks for the info though
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No problems man if there is one i know its PC parts and how to put them together, making them work really really well on the other hand and overclocking them making them work even better in fact if you look up the word "Hack" or maybe "Hacker" i have been told it will say words to the likes of to fix or make better or improve...
    
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No problems man if there is one i know its PC parts and how to put them together, making them work really really well on the other hand and overclocking them making them work even better in fact if you look up the word "Hack" or maybe "Hacker" i have been told it will say words to the likes of to fix or make better or improve...

Putting them together isn't that much of a problem for me. It's just choosing the parts for them is the problem since it's been a while since I've kept up, and that makes a lot of difference
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Yeh true i been looking cause i not long got my own upgrades so yeh lol thumb.gif
    
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