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post #1 of 16
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I'm new to building and I have no clue what mobo to get.
I was thinking of either an ASUS or ASRock, and as I've learned, ASRock used to be a budget branch of Asus. So as I think of it, it's not as good as an Asus...

So what mobo should I get? I would like to have crossfire/SLI support incase I would like to do so in the future.

My build: http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=13706994


Also one more question, do you buy all your parts at once or some at a time?
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post #2 of 16
ASRock is just as solid as Asus, even though ASRock is independent now.

I highly recommend either the ASRock Extreme 3 Gen 3, or the Extreme 4 gen 3. Both Z68 . Best bang for buck boards really, and they are awesome for overclocking.


Extreme 4 has better mosfet cooling and more sata 3, thats about it, but i got it anyway.

I buy all my stuff at one time, but sometimes you can get awesome deals on CPU's here.


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157264

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271
Edited by Lazloisdavrock - 2/24/12 at 9:37pm
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post #3 of 16
It's usually a good idea to get them all at once for several reasons:

1. If you buy them all at once then you can get testing them and if necessary RMA'd if any are not working. If you get parts all at different times you might not be able to test them properly until more stuff arrives.

2. Who likes waiting to put their new rig together? biggrin.gif

If you could give us a rough budget for the motherboard then that will help>

Also considering how Ivybridge is so close and you can't decide on a motherboard anyway, do you not think it's worth waiting 6 weeks to upgrade? As good as the i5-2500k is (which is very good) it seems a bit silly to buy a CPU that will be last gen when you could wait a few weeks and get the 3750k or 3770k.
post #4 of 16
Asrock gen 3 is an awesome board, Nothing currently out can match its price point sub 120bucks.
And dude i suggest you remove that HDD and look harder on Newegg they have 1TB,2TB for the same price, i know because i just bought one biggrin.gif
And if you are willing to spend 200bucks on a Chasi/Case i suggest you go for the Corsair OBsidian 800D OR 700D they are beautiful cases for around the same price
Edited by daman246 - 2/24/12 at 9:45pm
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Alright, I might get the ASRock Extreme 4 Gen 3

Also,I might wait actually, since I'm not building yet. Hopefully Ivybridge doesn't turn out to be a hyped up bulldozer that everyone was waiting for. So you think in 6 weeks ivy bridge will be released?
I was thinking of waiting for Kepler also, so hopefully they are released around the same time so I can start the build.
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OK..this ram is very good..http://www.overclock.net/t/1210660/2500-mhz-with-samsung-30nm-2x4-gb-40/0_20 for SB I recommend it over the Corsair..

AsRock is NOT as solid as Asus..and has terribad support.

p8z68 pro is a good board

maximus4 gene-z

..or the good old p8p67 pro

these would be the top three to get in my book
There are more expensive ones..but..eh..I'm po ..and cheap :lachen.gif:
Asrock's chokes are cheaper than asus's and biostar's
 
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I asked this same question about a month ago. I ended up going with the ASUS p8z68-v PRO/GEN3 and wow, what a motherboard! Love the experience so far. easy to overclock and tons of feature's. This board and the ASRock Extreme 4 gen 3 board where the two that people kept recomending over and over and over again. went with the ASUS because it was at the micro center down the street.
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I wouldn't say asrock support isnt good. a member in the Asrock owners club broke something on his board and they payed for him to overnight his board to them.
Edited by Lazloisdavrock - 2/24/12 at 10:01pm
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I wouldn't say asrock support isnt good. I member in the Asrock owners club broke something on his board and they payed for him to overnight his board to them.

That is pretty epic! I have heard nothing but amazing things about ASRock. People raved about their 990FXA board and I see nothing but good things about the z68 boards.
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OK..this ram is very good..http://www.overclock.net/t/1210660/2500-mhz-with-samsung-30nm-2x4-gb-40/0_20 for SB I recommend it over the Corsair..
AsRock is NOT as solid as Asus..and has terribad support.
p8z68 pro is a good board
maximus4 gene-z
..or the good old p8p67 pro
these would be the top three to get in my book
There are more expensive ones..but..eh..I'm po ..and cheap :lachen.gif:
Asrock's chokes are cheaper than asus's and biostar's

Does RAM make a difference? They all seem the same to me, same stats. I never got to ask about that. So how is the samsung better than the Corsair, or G.Skill?
I'm also looking for a low profile since the NH-DH14 won't give some rams enough room
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