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January 9, 2011 12:04:42 PM

Hi guys, I am a new member here and don't know much about what part I need to get for sandy bridge.

First of all, I want to buy 2500K.
My goal is to overclock it to at least 4.0Ghz upto 4.5 if I must.
I am aware that 2500 can also be overclocked upto 4.1 but I would still want to go with 2500K.

This is my first time building a computer by the way.

I see many different companies making motherboard for sandybridge.
All I know so far is that I must get P67 instead of H67 in order to run 2500K.
What I don't know is why there are so many companies making 1155 P67 and why each company
has more than 1 motherboard. It only confuses me.

Which brand and which model should I buy?
I am not interested in using SLI or CrossBridge.
And I want to use between 4GB to 8GB ram.
I don't know what other info I need to provide to get the best answer. Maybe cheaper with better quality :) 


My next question is about ram.
I also see many different brands such as OCZ and Corsair.
and some of the 8GB are cheaper than 4GB so I don't understand why.


I don't know what determines good and bad motherboard and ram, and what determines their prices.

Along with the motherboard recommendation, could you also recommend me good 4GB ram brand and model for 2500K?

Thank you in advance.

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a c 716 V Motherboard
January 9, 2011 1:58:06 PM

Welcome to Tom's Forum! :) 

There are more 'caveats' - currently, there are no x16/x16 PCIe 1155 {SB} MOBOs, and to do so requires the MOBO Mfg to 'jerry-rig' a secondary chipset. Meaning if you're running only a single monitor that 'today' it won't impact your Frame Rates. You're, unfortunately, are indeed correct that the P67 or {Z68} can utilize the 'K' Series CPUs. Each MOBO Mfg has multiple lines based upon 'add-on' items like number of PCIe, SATA2/3, USB, OC'ing gizmo's, Phases for power, etc.

'Today' your choices are limited, soon there will be 3/4-WAY SLI/CF 1155 MOBO with the PCIe 'secondary chipset' to also offer PCIe x16/x16.

Choosing, for now, we base our recommendations on prior P55/X58 MOBOs and their quality and reliability, but need to remain 'open minded.' Currently, I prefer the ASUS P8P67 PRO or Deluxe, but I'm interested to see MSI and EVGA new lines. The EVGA will be offering a 3/4-WAY SLI/CF MOBO 'EVGA Classified.'

RAM is difficult to see the differences, but tight CAS 8-8-8 vs 7-8-7 distinguishes a better quality IC; oddly 8-8-8 is typically better/faster. Next is the RAM Frequency and ideally fast {MHz} with low tight {CAS} is a strong indicator or RAM speed and quality. On the SB if you're OC'ing as indicated then purchase RAM >=1866 MHz.

Likewise with an open mind, typically I prefer Corsair, and G.SKILL is also very good and has a new 'SB' lines as follows:
CORSAIR DOMINATOR GT 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 2133 CMT4GX3M2A2133C9 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
G.SKILL Ripjaws X {selling out fast} http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

In general, I would strongly recommend that you purchase 1600 MHz or faster DDR3 RAM.

MOBOs:
Side-by-Side - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...|13-128-464^13-128-464-TS,13-131-679^13-131-679-TS,13-131-682^13-131-682-TS

If I had to choose one then the ASUS P8P67 PRO - http://usa.asus.com/product.aspx?P_ID=HMMvTCuBcZLfu2YL&...

If I was gaming on high resolution with higher-end GPUs then I would choose the X58.

Hope that helps!
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January 14, 2011 4:27:35 AM

joonkimdmd said:
Hi guys, I am a new member here and don't know much about what part I need to get for sandy bridge.

First of all, I want to buy 2500K.
My goal is to overclock it to at least 4.0Ghz upto 4.5 if I must.
I am aware that 2500 can also be overclocked upto 4.1 but I would still want to go with 2500K.

This is my first time building a computer by the way.

I see many different companies making motherboard for sandybridge.
All I know so far is that I must get P67 instead of H67 in order to run 2500K.
What I don't know is why there are so many companies making 1155 P67 and why each company
has more than 1 motherboard. It only confuses me.

Which brand and which model should I buy?
I am not interested in using SLI or CrossBridge.
And I want to use between 4GB to 8GB ram.
I don't know what other info I need to provide to get the best answer. Maybe cheaper with better quality :) 


My next question is about ram.
I also see many different brands such as OCZ and Corsair.
and some of the 8GB are cheaper than 4GB so I don't understand why.


I don't know what determines good and bad motherboard and ram, and what determines their prices.

Along with the motherboard recommendation, could you also recommend me good 4GB ram brand and model for 2500K?

Thank you in advance.


An ASUS employee overclocked the 2500k on air to 5.2ghz...its during a newegg interview on youtube...i imagine it would become unstable...but really i have no idea if it can be maintained or not
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a c 716 V Motherboard
January 14, 2011 1:54:59 PM

Most of the 5+GHz OC are not stable in Windows or long enough to screen capture that I've heard about. Also the voltages required have an unknown effect to the CPUs life.
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