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Best Mobo for 2600k - Please Advise

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Hi Guys
Been meaning to change my motherboard for sometime, been bit preoccupied with baby stuff, I am not completely happy with my current motherboard, I have the Asrock Z68 Extreme4 Gen 3 socket 1155.

dont get me wrong, I have never seen a BSOD but I hate the Marvel sata 6 controller which restricts my SSD, which is pants, also the USB 3.0 is controlled by the Etron drivers which have known issues, that can be quite annoying and also there are only 2 x usb 2.0 on the back and 2 x usb 3.0 which is not enough,
I do like the UEFI BIOS which is perfect, mobo overclocks a treat but I want everything to work and more usb on the back.

I would be very interested to hear some suggestions, preferably a mobo with intel sata 6 controller that supports mushkin ram as I have a set of 2 x 4GB - 997057 - lots of slots, UEFI bios, great overclocker, ultra reliable and future proof, not interested in sli, 1 graphics card is enough for me. thanks in advance for any help given. be good to get a few put forward, thanks guys.

Kind Regards
Paul

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M4 CRUCIAL 128GB SAMSUNG CDRW 24X ENERMAX SILENT FANS WINDOWS 7 
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post #2 of 5
the P8Z68 Deluxe or P8Z68-V pro come to mind. I have the Vpro and it has been flawless with overclocking. Both of those motherboards have 2 marvel Sata-6 controllers but 4 native Sata connections as well.

but as far as future proof, Intel is changing Haswell processors to 1150 so current Mobo's wont fit it. You can upgrade as far as IVY bridge. If you are planning to eventually get an Ivy bridge processor, the Z77 models are made a little better to handle those.
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Intel i7-2600K 4.5 24/7 Asus P8-Z68 vPRO 2x GTX 570 1028mb Corsair 2x4GB 1600Mhz 
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2X WD 1TB Black Caviar  2x OCZ Vertex 4 128GB  1Tb Lacie Rugged ASUS Black 12X BD-ROM 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Corsair H100 4X Ultra Kaze Windows Ultimate Asus 27" LED 10,000,000:1 Logitech k360 
PowerCaseMouseOther
Corsair AX1200W Cool Master Haf-X logitech MX-518 fan controller (for 4X Ultra kase) 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz T... AS Rock LGA1155 DDR3 Z77 EXTREME4 2X Sapphire Radeon Vapor-X HD 7970 GHZ OC 6GB DDR5 G.SKILL Trident X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin... 
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Multi boot >Ubuntu, Linux, MacOSX, Win7, Fadora Corsair 900D Phobya G-Changer 560 Radiator Watercool - HEATKILLER® CPU Rev3.0 1155/1156 Ni-BL 
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PrimoFlex Advanced LRT 3/8in. ID x 5/8in. OD Tu... XSPC D5 Dual Bay Reservoir/Pump Combo Phobya G-Changer 240 Ver. 1.2 Radiator (2x) Tron - ENCOM - Legacy - Sticker - Decal - ... 
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Intel i7-2600K 4.5 24/7 Asus P8-Z68 vPRO 2x GTX 570 1028mb Corsair 2x4GB 1600Mhz 
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2X WD 1TB Black Caviar  2x OCZ Vertex 4 128GB  1Tb Lacie Rugged ASUS Black 12X BD-ROM 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Corsair H100 4X Ultra Kaze Windows Ultimate Asus 27" LED 10,000,000:1 Logitech k360 
PowerCaseMouseOther
Corsair AX1200W Cool Master Haf-X logitech MX-518 fan controller (for 4X Ultra kase) 
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Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz T... AS Rock LGA1155 DDR3 Z77 EXTREME4 2X Sapphire Radeon Vapor-X HD 7970 GHZ OC 6GB DDR5 G.SKILL Trident X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin... 
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Multi boot >Ubuntu, Linux, MacOSX, Win7, Fadora Corsair 900D Phobya G-Changer 560 Radiator Watercool - HEATKILLER® CPU Rev3.0 1155/1156 Ni-BL 
OtherOtherOtherOther
PrimoFlex Advanced LRT 3/8in. ID x 5/8in. OD Tu... XSPC D5 Dual Bay Reservoir/Pump Combo Phobya G-Changer 240 Ver. 1.2 Radiator (2x) Tron - ENCOM - Legacy - Sticker - Decal - ... 
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post #3 of 5
I had a 2600k installed in an ASUS Maximus IV Extreme Z and it was a great combo but IMHO there's no such thing as "futureproof" in computers. The best you can hope for is 3 years before it is an antique.
post #4 of 5
I personally love the Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H for my 2700K (which is almost the same as your 2600K) for one of my Folding@Home 24/7 rigs. I also use them for 2 3570K and 2 3770K builds.
post #5 of 5
One of the Asus, or Asrock Z77 boards would be fine for your 2600K. Are you looking for a board with SLI/Crossfire functionality?


If you would rather save some money however, you could use your Intel Sata 3 controller for your SSD and you won't have to bother with the Marvell chipset. For the USB 3.0 issue, you could get a USB 3.0 add on card.
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