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Which Sandy Bridge Motherboard Should I Get?

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January 5, 2011 7:42:03 PM

With the build listed below, which motherboard should I purchase? I will be using this computer for some gaming, video and photo editing, among many other general uses.
Thanks!

CPU - Intel i5 - 2500K

MOBO - Asus Sandy Bridge mobo (TBD)

Video Card - Sapphire Radeon HD 5770 1 GB DDR5 2DVI/HDMI/DisplayPort PCI-Express Video Card 100283-3L

CD/DVD - ASUS Black

HDD - HITACHI Deskstar 7K1000.C HDS721010CLA332 (0F10383) 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

RAM - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL

Power Supply - Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified

Case - COOLER MASTER Elite RC-310-BWN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Case Fans - Rosewill RFA-120-BL 120mm 4 Blue LEDs LED Case Fan

OS - Windows 7 64-bit
a b V Motherboard
January 6, 2011 12:14:06 AM

Wait till the smoke clears! Why be the first guy on the block to get new stuff, and then be a part of the debug group?
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January 9, 2011 7:15:08 PM

Wouldn't the
GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD7 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
be a really nice motherboard for the SB i7-2600K??
January 10, 2011 12:53:51 AM

Milkman, OP did not say he wants to do enthusiast level overclocking, but yes it would be nice, especially since the Asus Maximus Extreme IV is no where to be found.

To answer the original question, however, any of these Asus P8P67 motherboards on sale at my Microcenter today would look good with blue lights:

P8P67 LGA for $280

P8P67 PRO LGA for $300

P8P67 Deluxe for $340

Prices includes the CPU!

a b V Motherboard
January 12, 2011 1:13:52 AM

I would go with the ASUS mobo's. For no other eason than the new BIOS control rocks.
a b V Motherboard
February 3, 2011 2:31:22 PM

celtics999, I hope you were not the first guy on the block with the P67 chipset motherboard.

I do not have a crystal ball, but something better; years of hands-on US manufacturing experience at all levels including senior management. The recent chipset issues prove out my statement.

Even though we folks in the US all work very smart and very hard in designing and manufacturing the best products in the world, sometimes, some defects do slip through.

Recognizing this, taking corrective actions, and moving forward is what makes us stronger!
February 3, 2011 11:03:14 PM

hahaha Ubrales, you were right - almost - Two of my friends bought the bum boards, and neither is dissatisfied. Why? The 6Gbs SATA connections work fine, and that is all they basically need.

Both of them are hoping that they will get new boards without having to return the old ones so they can build second machines out of them. If so, that would be just amazing.

a b V Motherboard
February 3, 2011 11:23:51 PM

Really? New replacements without RMAing the old boards? That is a great deal!
a b V Motherboard
February 3, 2011 11:43:34 PM

Ubrales said:
Really? New replacements without RMAing the old boards? That is a great deal!


Doubt that would happen since the old boards defective chipset will most likely need to be returned to get credit for the fixed one so chances of them letting users keep the defective boards is not likely.
February 4, 2011 9:23:14 PM

yeah, you are probably correct - hey a guy can dream, can't he?
a b V Motherboard
February 5, 2011 12:29:54 AM

Yes, of course! Someone told me once to dream and that half my dreams would come true. Possibly from a psychological positive thinking standpoint. Yes, I agree with you eloric.
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