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post #1 of 20
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Heya guys, I'm planning on building a new rig pretty soon and I just wanted to know which one of the following 3 motherboards I should choose to complete the build:

P8Z68 DELUXE/GEN3
Maximus IV GENE-Z/GEN3
or
Z68A-GD80 (G3)

I'm looking to get either the i7 2700k/2600k or i7 3820...with 8GB RAM (Do I need 16GB? I do quite a bit of editing on Adobe software and C4D) , a H80 watercooler, 750W PSU, 120GB SSD, 1TB HDD, Sapphire 6870 GPU.

So which Mobo is best guys? Reasons or any other recommendations? and 3820 or 2700k/2600k? I'm leaning more to 2700k/2600k...

Thanks a bunch in advance guys!

Edit: Scrap the 3820...I remembered I picked these motherboards because I ruled out the 2011 CPU's. xD
I'm also from UK and my budget lies around £900-£1000 ($1,434 - $1,594).

P.S. Sorry about the repost....I wasn't getting any replies. frown.gif
Edited by kevinyellow - 4/19/12 at 12:33pm
post #2 of 20
Why so sold on Z68. P67 and Z77 is just as good. Just wondering.

All three of those motherboards are equally awsome. Every person you ask will have a different "favorite". Really, it's personal prefrence.

Get a I5 2500K if you do gaming. Look at the I7's if you get into heavy photo/video editing, encoding, ect. I7 offers no advange for gameing. Here is a article to help you pick out a CPU --> http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-overclock,3106.html

8Gb or 16Gb or RAM? Again, personal prefrence. If you keep your computer well optimised for games 8 Gb is all you need. If you like to run multiple virtual machines, or have certain vdieo editing software 16Gb is the better choice.

A H80 performs just well, if not worst than the big air coolers. If your going for a H80, make sure it's because you enjoy that it's lighter and quiter than it's big air equivalent. If you just want the best performance, a big air cooler would be a better bet.

Here is a good article to help you pick out a SSD --> http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ssd-review-benchmark,3139.html

For the HDD, look at a WD Black, or a Spinpoint F3.
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since most of the motherboard you pick is $220+, would you re-consider the i7 3820 + x79 2011 socket, it would cost the same as 2700k + p8z68 1155socket, the good thing with 2011, you will have future upgrade path to 6 core + 6 ht, and has same performance with the higher tier 1155 cpu...

for ram ddr3 if you go the 1155 path 8GB 1600 is enough for dual channel & 2011 path 16GB 1600 is more than enough for quad channel.
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post #4 of 20
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Heya Crimson, I'm just making sure its upgrade-able to Ivy Bridge...and I think Z68's are the only ones that are? Correct me if I'm wrong tongue.gif .

With the 3 motherboards, do you know what the differences are? I personally don't know enough to understand the differences between the 3...although I can tell that the prices of the P8Z68 DELUXE and Z68A-GD80 are around the same and quite a bit more expensive than the Maximus IV Gene-Z.

I'll probably go with i7 cos I do both gaming and video editing and will probably opt for 16GB RAM too. I already have an H80 cooler so I'll stick with it for now. biggrin.gif

Thanks again for the reply crimson! thumb.gif
post #5 of 20
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Hey Xnuw, I read an article two days back...an extremely indepth one comparing the 3820 and the 2700k. The conclusion was the 2700k performs better in almost all aspects and the 1155 build will cost a decent chunk less than the 2011 builds. Thats what won me over... tongue.gif
Thanks for the reply Xnuw biggrin.gif

Edit: heres the link to the article I read

http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/cpu/display/core-i7-3820_9.html
Edited by kevinyellow - 4/17/12 at 10:50am
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just an option, because in 1155 socket you will be limited to 4-core + 4HT & that's it... anyway have fun with your build
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post #7 of 20
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Haha yeah, I probs would have went with it if I had that much spare cash lying around tongue.gif . Thanks anyway.
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I forgot my vote wil be the asus mobos, especially gene z , small but monster
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I vote for p8p67 pro + 2600K
 
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Look into the Asrock Extreme3/4 boards, they are excellent and great quality boards.

You should list your location and your budget, I am positive we can help you with your build overall thumb.gif
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