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I was able to buy an ASRock Z77 Extreme6 for $50 from MicroCenter (cpu/mobo deal). The objective is to build my son a new gaming rig. Currently, I am using a Gigabyte Z68-UD4 w/2500k. The cpu I had purchased with the Extreme6 was the i3 3225. The objective was to pair the i3 3225 w/the Z68-UD4 and pass that to my son while I use the Extreme6 w/the i5 2500k. Here's the problem...I like Gigabyte...I mean really like Gigabyte. Gigabyte is my preference when it comes to mobos.

I know the Gigabyte Z68 mobos were going through some boot-loop issues but ever since I had bought the UD4 (actually on release date), I've had ZERO boot-loops of any sort. I'm not familiar with ASRock but I have been reading that the Extreme6 is a nice mobo. Although it's equipped with clr cmos button, debug led, & a few more bells & whistles, these extra features do not convince me to start using the Extreme6. Also regarding pci-e 3.0 on the ASRock, I have that feature on my mobo but only for 1 pci-e slot (16x pci-e 3.0 w/IB OR 8x pci-e 3.0 + 8x pci-e 2.0 w/IB + SLI/Crossfire).

The overall quality of Gigabyte mobos have always been at the top of the crop which is the main reason why it's been so difficult to move away from Gigabyte and also, I've never had a problem with Gigabyte (ever since the EP45-UD3P days thumb.gif )
I'm quite sure that many of you dedicated Gigabyte mobo users can understand what I'm talking about wink.gif

If you were in my shoes, what would you do?

Keep using the Gigabyte Z68-UD4 OR use the ASRock Z77 Extreme6 & pass down the Gigabyte Z68-UD4 to the son?

For whatever you choose, please provide a reason why & thanks in advance.
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I would use Extreme6. Z77 boards post a lot faster, and also support fast boot. Also Gigabyte seem to totally drop support for P67/Z68. For example, you can't OC Ivy Bridge without UEFI BIOS. Most of the boards didn't receive it, and those that did have bugs. It's not critical for you, but good to know.

Extreme6 is a nice board. Here is a review. If you really want Gigabyte, I believe you can get UD3H for $50 and UD5H for $70 from MC.
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I would use Extreme6. Z77 boards post a lot faster, and also support fast boot. Also Gigabyte seem to totally drop support for P67/Z68. For example, you can't OC Ivy Bridge without UEFI BIOS. Most of the boards didn't receive it, and those that did have bugs. It's not critical for you, but good to know.

Extreme6 is a nice board. Here is a review. If you really want Gigabyte, I believe you can get UD3H for $50 and UD5H for $70 from MC.

I would have to spend $50 more for the Z77-UD3H (which would not be a problem). I'm actually considering to do it. Comparing the UD3H to the Extreme6, it still appears to me that UD3H is better.

eh-smiley.gif ...maybe I sound just a little bias thinking.gif ...Oh well whistle.gif

BTW...Thanks for the head-up regarding OCing IB...It matters cuz I do OC thumb.gif
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I totally get what you're saying in regards to feeling better with a Gigabyte motherboard.

But the Extreme6 is a pretty good board, so I'd probably give that one a try. I don't think it's necessary to spend another $50 for the UD3H.
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I would stay with the extreme6. Unless you are trying for a world record both are getting you where you need to go. I run my extreme6 at 5ghz and it hasn't had a hitch yet. I could even hold my fingers to the heatsinks when doing 24hour prime95 sessions at 4.9ghz and they were not hot. It's up to you. What sold me was having a slot for my sound card since it is an older pci, giving that up would have just been too much for me. But the UD3h is a nice board too, I originally walked in looking for the UD5h but I guess christmas sold it out at microcenter so my final choice was between those two. I went for the extreme6 and I like it alot. For $50 I think its a no brainer.
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