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I recently received a i7 2700k (friend works for intel, got for dirt cheap) and trying figure out what mobo to get. Always had lga775 boards so 1155 is a new ballpark. Looking for something to do a lil overclocking nothing extreme like 5ghz, gonna use a single gpu (evga 460 gtx) maybe upgrade to sli in the future. Kind of limited as far a budget goes since im building from ground up except for the case (Coolermaster Elite.) Been looking at the ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z/GEN3, but it is definitely at the top of my budget as i need to get other parts to complete my build. Thanks in advice for the suggestions
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=600093976&IsNodeId=1&Description=GAMB210216&name=LGA%201155&Order=BESTMATCH

10% off all Gigabyte boards @ the egg currently.

the GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 looks like fun.

if you don't need ssd caching and HD 3000.
the MSI P67A-GD65 is a solid board.
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I;ve been reading article after article about the different mobo's that and a lot is about personal preference, options, etc but would like to know who has best customer service is needed to RMA or support and not be stuck with a board i cant return... Which would be easiest to OC, run SLI, SSD, and have a fair amount SATA 3/6. Any helpful info would be greatly appreciated. Im torn between these models and would like the keep the price under 200...

Asus Maximus IV GeneZ/Gen3:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131806

EVGA Z68:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188096

AsRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271

Gigabyte Z68 UD3P

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128506
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WEll i like the gene-z, i think its a cool board. The UD3 is good too, but the Gene-z is more bang for your buck in terms of OC and features, because it really is like half the board, so the costs are less.
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Since it is a mATX, is there even enough room to SLI, looks like it might be a tight squeeze and restrict or cause temp issues with SLI...
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you can do 2-way SLI on it yes, but ya your cards will be close together like on a 3-way SLI board.
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Been doing a lot of research on several types of boards, Asus/Giga/AsRock and getting really skeptical... Lot of the boards are either DOA, Boot Cycle, Bent Pins, etc. Only one that hasnt had a lot of those problems is MSI and it seems they have really great support as well... Am i just being too picky or gun shy and just take a shot and get the board i want, or should i really stay clear of certain z68 models...
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http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=65323&vpn=P8Z68-V%20PRO%2FGEN3&manufacture=ASUS

^^ that is probably one of the most talked about boards on here. The z68 chipset is p67 and h67 combined. z68 also has pci-e 3.0 support and will support IB as well. Most people on here would recommend a good z68 board because it's the best of both worlds.
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