March 15th, 2012, 12:36 PM
Need new Motherboard
Help me choose a new motherboard. I prefer the Z68 chipset, but I am open to all suggestions. Cost is not an issue.
The most important issue is stability, will not be interested in serious overclocking.
In looking over the various options, ratings, and especially customer reviews, it seems everything is a row of the dice, Asus, Gigabyte, Asrock etc. All seem to have some serious issues. Reports of DOA, bent pins, boot looping, instability and more. My most recent board, Intel was one big headache. I would like something with a really good chance of working the first time, no dealing with RMA, Tech support, etc.
Thanks for your input.
I currently have the following components:
Artic freezer13 heat sink (overkill for me, but I already have it)
8 gig memory, 1600
WD 1t Black HD
Intel 320 series SSD, 120 G
LG Multi DVD
Will use add on video card, but still want onboard DVI, HDMI or Displayport connectors.
Using Windows 7
March 15th, 2012, 01:23 PM
Following lists Z68 mobos according to feedbacks rating,
Your best bet is likely ASUS or GIGABYTE brand.
ASRock has been questioned in the past about their manufacturing quality control.
"I know nothing."
March 16th, 2012, 08:03 PM
Asus, eVGA & Gigabyte boards have been kind to me lately, but none of them are 100% perfect all the time (nature of the beast).
Asus P9X79-Deluxe, Intel i7 3930k @ 4.2Ghz, 16gb DDR3-1600 Kingston HyperX Memory, Coolermaster Storm Trooper case, Corsair AX850 psu, Geforce 680 SLI, Corsair Model H100 w/c, Samsung 840 Pro 512gB SSD, Asus Blu-ray Writer 12x, Windows7 Pro x64
MSI GS Series GS60 Ghost-003 Gaming Notebook 15.6", Intel Core i7-4700HQ 2.40GHz (3.2 GHz), 16GB Memory 1TB HDD 128GB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M 2GB, 4.36 lbs., Windows 8.1 Pro
March 23rd, 2012, 08:39 AM
I use a lot of Gigabyte and Intel motherboards in my line of work and they're generally pretty solid. My passionate favourite is MSI though. They're just great well-rounded boards. Well featured, dependable and not overpriced (like Asus).
I'm still using the now quite dated MSI K8N Diamond Plus in my wife's computer, the newer MSI Big Bang-XPower (crazy name) in my computer and some mATX MSI Z68MA-G45 boards in work systems that run 24/7 for periods of a month at a time playing crazy high resolution H.264 videos (5760x1080) in stores.
March 25th, 2012, 09:46 PM
Im using a MSI Z68A-GD65 (G3) for an i7 2600k and I just love the damn thing.
i7 2600k @ 4.6 ghz by Turbo multi - MSI Z68A-GD65-G3 - 8 gig GSkill Ripjaws @ 1600 8-8-8-24 - Corsair H100 Closed loop water cooling - 2 XFX 6870 DD Crossfire - 256 gig Mushkin Enhanced Chronos Deluxe and 250 Gig WD Blue Series - PCP&C Turbocool 850 SSI
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