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Help me pick a mobo for my i5??

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December 13, 2009 3:42:57 PM

I need a motherboard for my new i5 system.... My mobo budget is $100-$170.
I am only going to have 1 GPU probably a HD5770 or HD5850.

I don't know a lot about motherboards so any tips would be great..
Would like if the mobo had an auto OCing feature.. Since i don't know how to OC.

Here are a few that looked good to me..

MSI P55M-GD45 LGA 1156 Intel P55 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - $120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MSI P55-GD65 LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - $160
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ASUS P7P55 LX LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - $120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ASUS P7P55D LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - $150
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ASUS P7P55D LE LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - $135
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD2 LGA 1156 Intel P55 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - $105
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GIGABYTE GA-P55-UD4P LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - $170
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GIGABYTE GA-P55-UD3R LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - $140
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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December 13, 2009 3:45:48 PM

WHY i5? Are you trying to save $50 or do you like it better than the i7's? Intel basically made the i5's as the "Celeron" model to the i7...
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December 13, 2009 4:11:24 PM

cause the I7 is only about 8% - 10% faster... I wont be using my PC that intensely to be able to notice that small of a gain, so i am going to put the extra money into a better GPU!! Also the i5 is better on power usage...
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December 14, 2009 2:53:30 AM

Intel boards are OK but I like EVGA boards if you want to be able to have a lot of flexibility if you like to overclock or BIOS options.
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December 14, 2009 4:12:19 PM

I've been very happy with the Gigabyte GA-P55M-UD2. For the price I don't think I could have done better. One downside for some is no SLI/CF, but since you're not going to do that then you can save money on your board and put it towards the GPU. Make sure you update your BIOS, Gigabyte has provided a number of updates, fixes and improvements, since these boards were first released. Gigabyte has some auto-OC software. But if you're intent on OCing, I'd strongly recommend reading a little bit and trying it yourself. The software and even hardware based "auto-OC" functionality is usually less efficient (pumps in too much power) or too conservative (doesn't take advantage of the fastest possible speed), or both.
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