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Buying the best price to preformance z68 Motherboard

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Hello OC.net, im wondering, when i get my i3 processor, i want to pair it with a decent z68 MB. I do pretty heavy gaming, and i would like to know which one would run swell for about 180 dollars. Any ideas?


Thank you,

Greg
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Spend less on a motherboard and get a better CPU?

There is no point spending $180 on a motherboard with crappy i3 unless you are planning to upgrade in which case get Z77. Z68 boards aren't usually cheaper than Z77 boards.
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^Listen to that man

I am planning on getting a Z77 board for my i5 2500k based on Dexel's recommendation.

If you are getting the i3 no matter what, don't look to spend so much on a board. You can get a decent Z77 board from Gigabyte for about 140-150. Then you get RAM. The i3 might still do a good enough job Dexel.

A plus for going H.A.M with a board is that you can always upgrade from the i3 later.
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