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Thinking of upgrading my current setup to 1155. Already done choosing the Processor(2600k),RAM and the SSDs, just need help in choosing a good motherboard. There are just so many options and they all sorta look alike(specs), its really hard to make a decision and feel good about it. I've settled on the ASRock p67 Fatality for now but I'm very open to ideas.

Price range is $200-300. Also I'm limited to Canada(preferably ncix)

Just need opinions on a motherboard to satisfy these 4 conditions in the given order:
1) Ability to OC an average 2600k to at least mid-high 4GHz(I know you can be unlucky with CPUs)
2) All Black or any color on Black(think of the red on black 775 ROG boards and the ASRock p67 Fatality)
3) 3PCI-E x16 Slots(x16,x16,x8/4 is good too)
4) Has a PS2 keyboard input(I know you can get converters but I'd like the native functionality)

All opinions are valued biggrin.gif

Thanks guys!

EDIT:

Shortlisted Motherboards so far:

ASRock FATAL1TY P67 Professional
ASUS P8Z68 DELUXE/GEN3 Z68
ASUS P8Z68-V Pro GEN3 Z68
ASUS MAXIMUS IV EXTREME (REV 3.0)
Edited by B7ADE - 2/18/12 at 11:22am
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post #2 of 21
of the top of my head
ASUS P8Z68 DELUXE/GEN3 LGA 1155
http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/P8Z68_DELUXEGEN3/

but not quite the PCIe config
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post #3 of 21
ASUS p8z68-z PRO/GEN3 has been amazing for me. It was highly recomended to me from most all of OCN.net
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post #4 of 21
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Thanks guys! I'll keep those in mind.
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post #5 of 21
I Think you should go with a msi board, there RMA service is VERY easy and fast if anything were to ever happen to you board. Also you may want to wait for ivy bridge, I think intel is releasing a new chipset.
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I'd really try and cough up an extra $10 and get this http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131700

Its black/red and it'll be able to run 3 cards.
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Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by th3m3rc View Post

I Think you should go with a msi board, there RMA service is VERY easy and fast if anything were to ever happen to you board. Also you may want to wait for ivy bridge, I think intel is releasing a new chipset.

I'm really reluctant to go outside the ASRock, Gigabyte and ASUS products. Its just that I've used those before and I've really like all of them.
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Originally Posted by itzhoovEr View Post

I'd really try and cough up an extra $10 and get this http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131700
Its black/red and it'll be able to run 3 cards.

Hmm, I was looking for that one but couldn't find it. I rechecked and now I see it! Definitely considering this one now!
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i would stay away from Gigabyte sandy bridge line up, they didnt do so weill in this line up.. the Award winning hybrid BIOS didnt do so well and alot of people having problems such as boot looping... That being said Gigabyte have learnt from this and thier Ivy bridge z77 line is said to be awsome smile.gif
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Samsung 830 128GB WD black 500GB Liteon Coolermaster Hyper 212+ EVO 
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Samsung 830 128GB WD black 500GB Liteon Coolermaster Hyper 212+ EVO 
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1.67Ghz Atom stock 1GB DDR2 2 x 500GB Western Digital Cavier Blacks [RAID 1] 
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post #9 of 21
lol the BIOS is either AWARD based of AMI based, AWARD is a name of a company who designed the old fashioned BIOS. Their BIOS didn't win any awards. lol

Id honestly wait for z77 to come out, then prices will go down on Z68.
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post #10 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sin0822 View Post

lol the BIOS is either AWARD based of AMI based, AWARD is a name of a company who designed the old fashioned BIOS. Their BIOS didn't win any awards. lol
Id honestly wait for z77 to come out, then prices will go down on Z68.

haha, thanks for clearing up the AWARD part.. i cant beleive i miss read that when looking up GB borads biggrin.gif
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Plextor M5p 128GB 2 x WD 500GB Blues LG Prolimatech Megahalems Rev C 
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Arctic F12 CO PWM x 2 Push/Pull Windows 7 64 bit Ultimate LG IPS235V Corsair AX850 
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Coolermaster HAF 912 advanced (Asia version) 
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I5-3570K Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3 Inno3D Ichill GTX660 8GB G.Skill RipjawsX 1600 
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Samsung 830 128GB WD black 500GB Liteon Coolermaster Hyper 212+ EVO 
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Win 7 ultimate Samsung Syncmaster 932gwe+ OCZ ZT series 550W Coolermaster 410 
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1.67Ghz Atom stock 1GB DDR2 2 x 500GB Western Digital Cavier Blacks [RAID 1] 
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Wife's Rig
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i7-3770k Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP5 TH MSI GTX460 G.Skill TridentX 2400 2 x 4GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Plextor M5p 128GB 2 x WD 500GB Blues LG Prolimatech Megahalems Rev C 
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Arctic F12 CO PWM x 2 Push/Pull Windows 7 64 bit Ultimate LG IPS235V Corsair AX850 
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Coolermaster HAF 912 advanced (Asia version) 
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I5-3570K Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3 Inno3D Ichill GTX660 8GB G.Skill RipjawsX 1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Samsung 830 128GB WD black 500GB Liteon Coolermaster Hyper 212+ EVO 
OSMonitorPowerCase
Win 7 ultimate Samsung Syncmaster 932gwe+ OCZ ZT series 550W Coolermaster 410 
CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
1.67Ghz Atom stock 1GB DDR2 2 x 500GB Western Digital Cavier Blacks [RAID 1] 
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