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Great Extreme OC Board for SB

I have about a 300 USD budget and I was wondering what board would be the best for overclocking a 2500k and some Corsair Dominator GT RAM.
This is purely for gaming performance, I thought about getting the 2600k but it's not even logical for gaming alone and it will feel much better to save the extra cash for OC'ability.
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  1. A good cooler should be on top of your list if you're looking into overclocking.

    Either way, you should look at the higher range motherboards from MSI, Asus or Gigabyte in the P67 or Z68 chipsets. Good ones you should be looking at are:

    Asus P8Z68-V Pro
    Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD4-B3
    Asus P8P67 Evo
    MSI P67A-GD80B3
    Asus Sabertooth P67

    Take your pick. Personally I'd go for that first one.
  2. the 2500k is great for Game, some benchmark in game 2500K win with 2600K, what do you looking for motherboard Asus P8P67 (Deluxe , Evo , pro)
    see table :
  3. Toxxyc said:
    A good cooler should be on top of your list if you're looking into overclocking.

    Either way, you should look at the higher range motherboards from MSI, Asus or Gigabyte in the P67 or Z68 chipsets. Good ones you should be looking at are:

    Asus P8Z68-V Pro
    Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD4-B3
    Asus P8P67 Evo
    MSI P67A-GD80B3
    Asus Sabertooth P67

    Take your pick. Personally I'd go for that first one.

    I already have plans for an H100 but I need a larger case first.
    This would come first then I can bump up the cooling.

    So far I have my eye on this board --> ASRock Z68
  4. It's a good board, but remember that cheaper brands like ASRock usually skimp on build quality and component quality, meaning you probably won't OC as well with an ASRock as you would with an Asus or MSI with user-friendly and even mouse-enabled BIOS pages for easy overclocking.

    Oh, and you shouldn't OC if you don't have a good cooler. Even a temporary cooler like the Hyper 212+ is better than nothing.
  5. Well the price is steep as is there, how would you rate the EVGA FTW Z68?
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    There is nothing wrong with ASRock M/Bs their quality is excellent, the only real reason to go with the Z68 is SSD performance, if you'll not be running SSD hdds, it's not necessary.

    If you have an independent graphics solution you could go with this ASRock P67 Extreme 4 It's a great overclocker.

    Seeing as how I actually own one myself and a 2500K I guess I should know!

    I recommend G-Skill memory over Corsair, as with the higher clocks around 2133mhz the Corsair has proven to be a little flaky, shoot for the 1.50v specific memory modules.
  7. I already have the Corsair Memory and I do have a Vertex 3 SSD.
    I'm not worried about hitting 2133 just 2000, and lower timings.
    This is the Corsair kit I have now. ---> Here


    I think I will get a Hyper 212+ as a temp cooler assuming it fits 1155
  8. ^ It Fits.
  9. EDIT: Scratch that, thanks for the advice I think I will go with ASRocks
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