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So i'm slowly gathering the parts for my build and i'll be picking up a mobo in the next day or so. I've been looking at the ASRock Extreme3 Gen3. Seem's like it's a great bang for the buck. Compatible with Ivy Bridge and its PCIe 3.0 so its seems i'd be able to use this board for quite some time before i'd have to swap it out. It also has the option to SLi which i'd like to do at some point. Everything seems good however I haven't seen any reviews on it and I've tried looking around and there isn't much info on it other then unboxings on youtube. Can anyone recommend this board or should I keep looking? My build is going to be somewhat of a budget build so I'd like to stick around the $120 range. I'm shooting for a i5 but may end up going with a i3 depending on the GPU i go with 550ti or 560ti.
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Newegg reviews are good for it. I just ordered it and I can let you know on Tuesday how I feel about it.
post #3 of 12
yes grab it. It's an amazing board and you future proof yourself by quite a bit more.
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Newegg reviews are good for it. I just ordered it and I can let you know on Tuesday how I feel about it.

Yeah, I saw the reviews on Newegg. Everyone seems to like it. I'm really leaning towards it just wanted to see opinions from the folks on here.
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I have an i3 and its seriously fantastic. If you have any reservations don't if you don't have the extra cash for an i5 don't worry about it upgrade later. I love this chip. I bought an i5 but this thing is going to go into a htpc when the new rig comes in. I am thinking about this mobo too, tell me if you like it.
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I've good the same MB, Its good
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i was considering this board aswell but i heard of bios issues but that was it mostly.. redface.gif Bios was said to be tricky and such redface.gif but it is still a good motherboard biggrin.gif
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post #8 of 12
Amazing board considering the price.
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asrock does make really nice boards, both them and MSI from one model to the next its pretty much the same thing, usually only difference is usb and sata ports. and their top of the line has an additional gpu option for tri fire/sli

and the i3 is pretty awsome, im running a 2120 at 3.5ghz, idles around 32c and stays under 50c unless i do some pretty serious stressing on it in which case it mite hit 54c, never seen it go higher than that, this is with the stock cooler too mind you. dosnt bottleneck my crossfire 6850s which perform like champs, i can run BF3 in High with the Ultra texture pack and maintain 50-60 FPS average online.

and id get the 560 ti, price to performance youll be much happier.

bios on the asrock z68 boards is a little odd, but after a lil tinkering with it and a update it seems to obey whatever you tell it to. im gonna have a hard time stepping away from MSI boards because of their click bios II, easy changes and tweaks while sitting at my desktop and restart, i actually prefer it to doing it at the boot screen.
    
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asrock does make really nice boards, both them and MSI from one model to the next its pretty much the same thing, usually only difference is usb and sata ports. and their top of the line has an additional gpu option for tri fire/sli
and the i3 is pretty awsome, im running a 2120 at 3.5ghz, idles around 32c and stays under 50c unless i do some pretty serious stressing on it in which case it mite hit 54c, never seen it go higher than that, this is with the stock cooler too mind you. dosnt bottleneck my crossfire 6850s which perform like champs, i can run BF3 in High with the Ultra texture pack and maintain 50-60 FPS average online.
and id get the 560 ti, price to performance youll be much happier.
bios on the asrock z68 boards is a little odd, but after a lil tinkering with it and a update it seems to obey whatever you tell it to. im gonna have a hard time stepping away from MSI boards because of their click bios II, easy changes and tweaks while sitting at my desktop and restart, i actually prefer it to doing it at the boot screen.

Wow. That's good to hear. Look's like i'll be getting the i3 and 560ti and shortly after a second 560ti. I'll be ordering the ASRock mobo tomorrow.
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