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I'm looking to build a new daily driver with an i5-2500k. It seems like I want a Z68 mobo and I'm leaning toward Gigabyte. What do you guys think?

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Can't argue with that. Gigabyte was one of my faves over a decade ago, then they went into a long slump, but it appears they're back baby. I've heard lots of good things in the past year or so.

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I have a GA-Z68X-UD3-B3 that runs great and is super stable. I would recommend it if it wasnt discontinued :). I think the main concern is to get the board that has all of the features you want (only some of them have the GPU encoding capability for example, I believe) and get enought SATA II/III ports. :) I use the compare feature on Newegg.com to help narrow down my choices as well. Good luck!

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Have not been disappointed yet. Other than one Asus and one AsRock, that is all I have or have had in quite awhile. Not that I have not tried others, just returned them and bought Gigabyte. You might say I am a fan boy.

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I've been very happy with my recent Gigabyte Z68MX builds here and here -- you'll see the 2nd build I used an i5-2500K and it is performing flawlessly IMHO and it is fast.

 

I also like the Gigabyte Z68X which I've been considering for my next build.

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The last two Gigabyte MBs I have gotten from NewEgg have both had Processor Socket Damage, the last being the GA-Z68X-UD3-B3, Newegg denigned the RMA, so its having to go back to Gigabyte for the repair, I too used to be a fan, But I am pretty much leaning to ASUS now, unfortunately they cost a little more.

 

MSI boards have been hit or miss, that is what I ended up with instead of the Gigabyte as I ended up getting it at the local CompUSA, it got the 2500k i5 that was going to be in the Gigabyte, and you gotta love DDR3 16Gb or 1600 Speed for 54.oo$ (4, 4's).

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Thanks for all the replies. I have noticed that there has been a lot of love for Gigabyte in the forums. The lost two mobos I bought 10 months ago were Asus and they have both developed issues. I used one for my current WHS 2011 box but I can't install any of the Asus drivers so I'm using generic ones. Apparently it is a known issue. The other I used for my current desktop with an AMD Black Phenom quadcore. Overall, I think all my future builds will be Intel based, for the foreseeable future anyway.

 

Have not been disappointed yet. Other than one Asus and one AsRock, that is all I have or have had in quite awhile. Not that I have not tried others, just returned them and bought Gigabyte. You might say I am a fan boy.

 

I have certainly noticed your affinity for Gigabyte in the podcasts and forums.

 

I've been very happy with my recent Gigabyte Z68MX builds here and here -- you'll see the 2nd build I used an i5-2500K and it is performing flawlessly IMHO and it is fast.

 

I also like the Gigabyte Z68X which I've been considering for my next build.

 

Thanks. I had been perusing those threads for a few days.

 

Asus for me,

 

Have you had driver issues with WHS?

 

The last two Gigabyte MBs I have gotten from NewEgg have both had Processor Socket Damage, the last being the GA-Z68X-UD3-B3, Newegg denigned the RMA, so its having to go back to Gigabyte for the repair, I too used to be a fan, But I am pretty much leaning to ASUS now, unfortunately they cost a little more.

 

MSI boards have been hit or miss, that is what I ended up with instead of the Gigabyte as I ended up getting it at the local CompUSA, it got the 2500k i5 that was going to be in the Gigabyte, and you gotta love DDR3 16Gb or 1600 Speed for 54.oo$ (4, 4's).

 

Did you post a review? I remember reading a review on Newegg that sounded awfully familiar to what you describe.

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