Best 1155 Z68 Mobo under $150

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Hello,

Title says it all. I will be running an i7 2700k with a decent vid card (HD6770 or better) and 8 GB ram. Nothing major really just want to play BF3 and have a decent machine for the next 5+ years.

Is there a different chipset I should be considering?

Any thoughts?

Thanks everyone.
 
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First, don't waste money on the i7-2700K and get the i7-2600K both are unlocked and the only differences are price and the default CPU multiplier.

In addition, I agree about getting the i5-2500K -- most games have little to no advantages with Hyper-Threading and Gaming on the LGA 1155 is all about the GPU(s) used.

Further, for gaming the Z68 offers little to no benefits over the P67 and in fact typically both SATA and USB are slower on the Z68. The only advantages to Z68 are SSD Caching and QuickSync for MPEG-2/4/H.264 movie output with select applications that support it.

Best is to get a 128GB+ SSD dedicated for OS, Apps, and working data and a separate HDD for storage. SSD Caching to work requires repeated use otherwise there's...
First, don't waste money on the i7-2700K and get the i7-2600K both are unlocked and the only differences are price and the default CPU multiplier.

In addition, I agree about getting the i5-2500K -- most games have little to no advantages with Hyper-Threading and Gaming on the LGA 1155 is all about the GPU(s) used.

Further, for gaming the Z68 offers little to no benefits over the P67 and in fact typically both SATA and USB are slower on the Z68. The only advantages to Z68 are SSD Caching and QuickSync for MPEG-2/4/H.264 movie output with select applications that support it.

Best is to get a 128GB+ SSD dedicated for OS, Apps, and working data and a separate HDD for storage. SSD Caching to work requires repeated use otherwise there's no gains.

Great OC'ing MOBO:
$149.99 (rebate) ASUS P8P67 PRO (REV 3.1) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131771
 
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