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Asrock Fatal1ty Z68 Professional Gen3. PCI-e 3.0 x3 slots. This is not exactly a budget motherboard, however it is way cheaper than equivalent Asus motherboard
 

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lol this is asked nearly everyday lol I'll edit post in a sec...

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If it's the GEN3 extreme4 then I would probably say that's the one, the asus is very very closely followed. Im kinda sick of the blue now lol.

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One thing to add though, im not sure how well the BIOS updates are going for the asrock GEN3 line, some have had problems overclocking while other's havn't, could just be down to their cpu's, not sure. Asus BIOS on the other hand is quite finely tuned and one could probably say it's perfect without any bugs. Point is, the GEN3 line is still a new, therefore making the BIOS not that mature when compared to Asus and that could be the turning point when deciding which mobo to go for. I said Asrock just above, however the Asus might just be a better choice due to the maturity of the BIOS. They actually recently released a new BIOS which has support for the next gen cpu's, Ivybridge.

Although the Asus doesn't adopt the PCI-E 3.0 like the asrock, people are still a little skeptical about the bandwith use of 3.0, however if that option is available then why not get it along with the support for ivy on asrock mobo's. The 7xxx series or keplar may even suprise us but I don't really think so, I would say maxwell might just be the one for PCI-E 3.0 but then again that's a few years from now, so PCI-E3.0 is not really a wow factor but it is one to consider especially when the mobo is cheaper or just a few bucks more.

Finally, I think it'll be a good idea to go through the change log of the mobo's to find out what bug fixes have been implemented so far. Gigabyte mobo's?? meh don't like it, not had good experience with them.

Just my two cents.


Also GEN3 Asus mobo's are on the horizon.
 

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6 months ago P67 was the king, since then Z68 has taken over. That being said, I would like to suggest an ASUS board to you since they are the best, but they dont have a z68 with PCI3.0 compatible slots(that I know of), so the ASRock board with PCI3.0 would be your best bang for the buck, they are cheap and a pretty good board quality wise. Dont get it unless it has PCI3.0
 

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Budget build....you will have to lean towards the p67 line and not the z68 boards. A asrock p67 is a nice starting place.
 

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Between those two, I would choose the Asrock board. This is coming from a guy who owns a P8P67.
 
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