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Guys, i'm building a budget rig as a secondary or rather, as a primary so I can keep this rig as a secondary for LAN's. Poor Xeon is bottlenecking my GTX670 slightly at high framerates resulting in framedrops now and then plus the power consumption is just sick at 1.4v vcore...

I'm trying to keep stuff as cheap as possible using secondhand parts and such but I don't really have a set budget.
I'll just see what bargains I run into!

I bought a P67A-GD65 board but it arrived defective. Will bootloop no matter what you do. Even booting it with only a 2500k and 1 stick of XMS3 1333 (Is on QVL) RAM in ANY of the slots will bootloop. CMOS resets and what not will not clear it at all. CPU and RAM both work fine in my mates Z77A G43 so nothing wrong on that side.

Now, the board has warranty left so i'm gonna send it RMA to the shop but that can take a while and I need the system for a LAN I got at Easter weekend. I plan to buy another cheap board somewhere Open Box since secondhand market is very low around here in 1155 boards...

So, I went shopping for open box items here in holland and found me a couple of boards...

First of all my requirements which are VERY simple.

- HAS to be blue/black due to casemods color scheme.
- As good as possible overclocking support in terms of phase count and quality and BIOS options.
- HAS to have a PCI-E x1 slot that isn't blocked by the GPU due to X-Fi Titanium HD.
- DON'T need all the accesoiries and such, got plenty.... Only need I/O shield.
- HAS to be able to overclock one of my 2500K's, whichever of the two clocks better, to it's absolute max. under my H100i. Also used for benching so has to be able to reach >1.5v vcore stable.

Now, the first, third and forth option are easy, but the second and fifth arent as much... The choice in open box items is rather large tbh so I have my doubts about what to get and what is best value..
I had a P8Z77-V, P8Z77-V Pro and Z77A GD65 before and I blew up the -V while benching, the Z77A doesn't support Virtu nor offset vcore so that's a huge failm the -V Pro was amazing but I sold it tongue.gif


ALL items come with 3 month warranty so no issues there.

The items I can choose from:

MSI Z68A-GD65 Gen 3 (No accessoiries, Open Box, I/O shield present)
Board costs €75.
Layouts great.
Reviews seems positive except for one.
Has only 8 phases.
Not sure if it supports offset vocre? The Z77's don't so...

Asus P8P67 PRO (R3.1) (Refurbished, is complete incl. box, accessoiries and I/O)
Board also costs €75.
Looks better.
Has 12 phases but not sure if as good as or better then the GD65's.
Better UEFI.

Asus P8Z68-V (Unknown rev, Not the Gen 3 board, Open Box but complete)
Board costs €85.
Also has 12 phases but not sure of quality.
Looks amazing.
Great layout and no unneccesary functions or controllers which is good.
Good UEFI.

Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3 (Unknown rev, NO I/O or anything, just bare board)
Board is only €55.
Has only 7 phases AFAIK.
Used it before for overclocking, performs good but has the most crappy LLC ever seen.
Is cheap as heck.
UEFI is junk, have to use oldskool BIOS.
Is still cheap as heck.
Misses the I/O which is NOT good...

MSI Z68A-GD80 Gen 3 (Brand new, left over stock after going EOL)
Board is on the expensive side at €99.90
Is extremely high-end being the top-end GD80.
Has 12 phase DrMos phases.
Looks real sweet.
Is new.
Is a newer Gen 3 board with proper Ivy and PCI-E 3 support.
Is much more expensive as the other boards and I doubt if it's worth the premium with my demands.


Now, these are the choices I have.
There are NO Z77 boards open box for a reasonable price, but I got 2500K's so why should it matter...
Only Z77 Open Box board is a Z77 FTW from EVGA at €199...
Edited by Imprezzion - 3/17/13 at 4:45am
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Thundahcat.
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AMD Athlon XP-M Barton @ 2612Mhz ASUS A7N8X-X HIS Radeon X800XL 256MB w/ V-MOD @ 585Mhz GPU 5... 3x512MB Samsung PC-3200 CL3 
Hard DriveCoolingOSOS
Maxtor 80GB IDE Cooler Master alu/copper block with a Slipstrea... Windows 98 SE Windows XP Pro SP3 
PowerCase
Cooler Master Real Power M520W OEM with great airflow and even cable management 
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