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post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
Hey guys,
I'm new here...
and I'm having trouble choosing which mobo to get.

First of all here are my specs:
-Intel Core i5 2500k
-CORSAIR XMS 8GB 1600 (going to get this)
-XFX Radeon HD 6870 Double Dissipation
-OCZ ZS Series 550w (I read some good reviews on it, so I got it)
-Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus

Here are my options of motherboards:
-ASRock Z68 Extreme3/Gen3 (save some money)
-ASUS P8P67 Pro or Evo
-ASRock Z68 Extreme4/Gen3
-ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z

I'm leaning to the Gene-Z because:
1. ASUS is a good brand.
2. It's a ROG mobo.
3. It looks cool tongue.gif with my HAF 922 and in general smile.gif .


So, what do you think I should do guys?
Thank you so much smile.gif !
post #2 of 12
I agree, I am thinking about getting a ROG, too. I find them useful.
post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 
So, any other opinions?
post #4 of 12
+1 for going ROG thumb.gif
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Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Plextor M5p 128GB 2 x WD 500GB Blues LG Prolimatech Megahalems Rev C 
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Coolermaster HAF 912 advanced (Asia version) 
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post #5 of 12
Go with ASRock Z68 Extreme 3 Gen3. Its cheaper and u can use saved money for a better gpu like gtx 560
thats my opinion.
    
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post #6 of 12
But then again Maximus 4 gene-z does support 22nm cpu (altho ivy bridge is supposed to be backwards compatible with sandy bridge anyways)
but its expensive and ROG is for serious ocing u gona do dat?
    
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Intel 320 Series 80gb Western Digital Caviar Blue 640gb TSSTcorp CDDVDW TS-H653R CoolerMaster Hyper212+ 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Samsung SyncMaster2233 Stock HP Seasonic x660 
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post #7 of 12
That ASUS Maximus is mighty pretty. However, with the 212+ you won't be going as balls out as you would need to be to justify the ROG lol. I would get the ASRock and put the money into a better video card.
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post #8 of 12
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Ehh, I already got the HD 6870 because I think it's good for me (if not, I'll get another one), but isn't ASUS better than ASRock in quality?
post #9 of 12
ASRock is an offshoot from ASUS.
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Samsung 840 EVO Crucial M4 Boot Drive WD Caviar Black Windows 8.1 
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOS
Samsung 840 EVO Crucial M4 Boot Drive WD Caviar Black Windows 8.1 
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post #10 of 12
Thread Starter 
Well, I could save the money and just save it for future use, or spend it on the Maximus.
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