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I have all of the parts ordered in my Sig Rig and they have either already been delivered or will be here this week or the beginning of next week. In addition to what is listed, I will also be having either 2 HDD's in RAID0 or 3-4 HDD's in RAID5/10. I bought top of the line components in every single category. However, I bought the ASRock Ex3 because it has excellent reviews, great specs, and I love the all black PCB.

I'm a bit worried now that it is going to cause issues. Are there any notable limitations or problems that I am going to have running that board w/ this build? Are features on the higher end ASRock boards such as GPU Boost or Gigabyte's Intel Smart Response Technology huge difference makers that would help a lot? I honestly don't know enough about motherboards nor can I find enough info to ease my concerns by researching it so hopefully you guys can point me in the right direction.

Basically, will this board allow me to Overclock well and run this build to full potential with great ease of use or would it be better to swap it for something else? I don't want to spend unnecessary money but I also would prefer to have the PC performing as well as possible. If the latter is the better option, which board would you recommend and why?

Sorry for the long read but thanks so much for the help!
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This is a very good z68 board for cheap.
The only bad things are the bugs with the mouse with the stock UEFI, no internal usb3 (and arguably, uses a not as good usb3 controller) and the CPU socket backplate which might block some cooler mounting.

This good points I think are the 2 PCIe 3.0 slots, power on/reset/clear cmos buttons the board, and fast boot times.ding bar screen) and has lots of features. Its a bang for buck board. and as you mentioned, its matt black.

for overclocking, see here:
http://www.overclock.net/t/1139063/asrock-z68-extreme-3-2500k-success/10
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Thanks for your input!

My main worry is with overclocking. Reading through that thread, it looks like they were only hitting low to mid 4's w/ the ASRock board. I saw a few of them posted that it wouldn't go over that or the computer would lock up. Is the board bad for OC'ing?

I am also worried about if I will have enough PCIe and PCI Slots on the motherboard. I will be running 2x 6970's in CFX, Black Magic Intensity Pro Capture Card, and a Sound Card. (Probably something cheap like the ASUS Xonar DG.) Will the board have enough room and be able to support all of that?

Thanks!
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Thanks for your input!
My main worry is with overclocking. Reading through that thread, it looks like they were only hitting low to mid 4's w/ the ASRock board. I saw a few of them posted that it wouldn't go over that or the computer would lock up. Is the board bad for OC'ing?
I am also worried about if I will have enough PCIe and PCI Slots on the motherboard. I will be running 2x 6970's in CFX, Black Magic Intensity Pro Capture Card, and a Sound Card. (Probably something cheap like the ASUS Xonar DG.) Will the board have enough room and be able to support all of that?
Thanks!

It supports all of the cards you listed, but its gonna be a tight fit. The PCIe x1 capture card fits in the 1st slot. Your dual slot 6970 2nd and 5th slot. The Xonar DG PCI card fits between the gpus or the last slot. Either way, it will block the gpu intake fans and will be almost touching the gpu pcb.
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Its a bang for buck board. and as you mentioned, its matt black. g.gif
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I have this board and I'm running a 2500k stable at 4.7 ghz overclock 24/7. It has a ton of nice features and is a great board for the money. Only thing I wish it did was x16/x16 but I've read it's just fine with x8/x8.
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From what I've read, it seems that ASRock only gives North American customers 1 year warranty, this may be a limitation of the board as most other brands (such as Asus or Gigabyte) have 3 years warranty.
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yeah good board no downside in my eyes though because that's a great priced 1155 gen3 board might be my next purchase down the line here if theres nothing that comes out with better features/price when ivy lauches. Cheapboard ftw.
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