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I don't know squad about motherboards, sorry if I come as too demanding.

I'm looking to buy a new mobo, preferably a newer model and one with good OC capabilities and SLI. I have the following components:


Gainward GeForce GTX 680 Phantom 4096MB
Intel Core i7-2700K 3.50GHz
Creative Sound Blaster Recon3D usb soundcard
Corsair Vengeance RED 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-17100C11 2133MHz


I was looking at the new Z77 gigabyte ones but my lack of knowledge of mobo's just doesn't make searching worth while. I just don't know what to look for in one.
post #2 of 25
for that cpu i would just stick with a z68
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 is a great bag for buck board and a solid overclocker
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271

these two would also be very good choices to look at
'ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3 LGA 1155
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131792

ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z/GEN3 LGA 1155 mATX that packs a punch
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131806 smile.gif
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post #3 of 25
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Are there any guides explaining what to look for in a mobo?

Thanks for the suggestions btw. But what does 'packing a punch' mean with mobos?
post #4 of 25
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Originally Posted by stubass View Post

for that cpu i would just stick with a z68
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 is a great bag for buck board and a solid overclocker
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271
these two would also be very good choices to look at
'ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3 LGA 1155
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131792
ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z/GEN3 LGA 1155 mATX that packs a punch
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131806 smile.gif

The first two are cool thumb.gif
But that Maximus IV Gene-Z/GEN3 is too small for SLI, IMO smile.gif
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What cpus are z77 mobo's good for?
post #6 of 25
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What cpus are z77 mobo's good for?

Ivy bridge.
post #7 of 25
yup those asrock extreme3 (and up) are godly boards. it's as though they just keep pushing!

but asus and gigabyte boards are just as good (im a little biased towards asus here because I only ever use asus and asrock boards).

However, quality-wise, asrock's extreme series is exactly as it's name implies. and you do get good bang for your buck.
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I like the ASUS MAXIMUS IV EXTREME (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard $289.99
How much money we spending bud smile.gif

i thought of this board too, but i thought the price might scare the OP away biggrin.gif unless he has a nice budget wink.gif
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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) 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
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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post #10 of 25
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Andstraus View Post

Ivy bridge.

I'm not ordering my rig in 2 months, would it be worth waiting for the Ivy?
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