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Currently I have an EVGA Z68 FTW. Since procuring this board, I have been completely unhappy with it. It overclocks like crap. My 2500k, that I had before upgrading to the 2600k, was originally in a base line Giga Z68 mobo. With very little effort, I was able to obtain a 4.8 clock with under 1.3. When I put the 2500k into the Z68 FTW, the most this overpriced piece of crap mobo could muster was 4.5. I gave my son the 2500k and the MoBo for his build and bought a 2600k about a year and a half ago. Throughout that time, I have spent(wasted) a lot of time and effort to get a max clock of 4.5 w/1.3 and high 60s on an H100. It absolutely refuses to go past 4.5. I have seen similar issues in the EVGA forums. And have found no resolve.

I am not going to change the CPU and MoBo. I don't see anything credible that would make me spend the extra money on a whole new rig. I just want a good board that isn't this POS.

I am looking for real opinions based on experience with some of these boards.

Giga Z68X-UD3H, Z77X-UD3H/5H or any other currently available Giga board.

Asus P8Z77/Z68 lineup.

Or any other recommended board under $200.

I really appreciate your opinions and help.

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post #2 of 6
Hey checkout the marketplace!

There's a guy selling an asus z77 ws board for $160 OBO

The workstation boards have the highest QC and validation and use really high end components, you should check it out.

Or browse the marketplace in general.
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Vote goes for any of the GB UD boards depending on budget. This UD3H for 125US$ is a solid deal.

But if you want something a bit cheaper, I currently use an Asrock Z77 Extreme4 with a 2500K (more than a year) OC'ed to 4.8GHz @ 1.432v (had it up to 5GHz @ 1.512v but temps were too high).
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Even the gigabyte z77-d3h did pretty well at overclocking my CPU, that is, the i5 3570K. 4.5 GHz because it required over 1.4v for my chip to be 4.7 GHz stable.

IMO all the gigabyte boards will do well.
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Thanks for the input, all.

I will have to dig through the marketplace more, later. As far as the Asus WS goes, I'm not so sure about buying a used Asus. I would buy a used Giga, because they are easier to RMA.

Basically, I've narrowed it down to three boards that are still 1.5-2 years under warranty, used.

Z77X-UD5H, Z68X-UD3H, Z68X-UD4-B3.

Is there any reason why I should opt for the more expensive UD5H? Being able to put an Ivy in is not on my radar. I'm content with the 2600k. And out of those three l, which might you choose?

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Gigabyte Z68 boards had a lot of boot loop issues. That's a good reason for me to avoid them.

You can get P8Z77-V and V Pro for cheap now on Newegg.
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