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What is your opinion on GA-PH67A-UD3 ?

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January 18, 2011 8:26:33 PM

Hello,

I would like to build a new system based on i5 2500 (k optional cause I am not too much into overclocking) and motherboard http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=....

It looks strongly built. The only things that worries me is the memory frequency which is max 1333.

What is your opinion? Should I buy this ?

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January 18, 2011 9:39:51 PM

It is a fine board if you are planning on running a single GPU (second PCIe x16 slot runs at X4)
ps. Why did you post this under the Asus section?
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January 19, 2011 2:01:09 AM

If you're not interested in overclocking, then why the worry about the memory? This is a good board, use the secondary PCIe slot to run a X4 RAID controller... RAID1 has saved my bacon for the last 14 years!
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January 19, 2011 3:14:39 PM

I post this under Asus section cause there was no Gigabyte section available.

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January 19, 2011 3:23:11 PM

What I understand from your posts is:

- if I will not do any overclocking then this board is ok
- if I am planning to do some overclocking, I need another board due to supported memory frequencies

I also checked the more expensive version GA-P67A-UD3. It seems the second GPU slot still runs on X4, so no much difference here.
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January 19, 2011 4:03:48 PM

You need the K processor for overclocking in a combination with a P67 board, which in this case would be the GA-P67A-UD3 but still only be good for a single GPU system because of the second PCIe slot running at x4 speed.
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January 19, 2011 4:14:28 PM

Leaving aside the overclocking, I suppose there should be no difference in terms of performance between H67 and P67 chipsets.

Can you recommend a good motherboard for 1155 Sandy Bridge processors ?

Thank you.
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January 19, 2011 4:43:28 PM

I would select either ASUS or Gigabyte, P67 for a discrete graphics card or H67 if I was going to use the Intel HD IGP. To choose between the boards is more or less based on what the planned use is, for example if crossfire or SLI is in the picture then a board like Asus P8P67 PRO would be a good choice since it can run dual card setups at x8 x8 speeds.
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January 19, 2011 4:52:20 PM

Well, SLI or Crossfire are not actually planned. I am a medium gamer and if my video card (Sapphire Radeon HD 5770) will not be good enough anymore in 2-3 years then probably I would just buy another one.

I want my computer to be a general purpose computer with some gaming from time to time. I will also probably need to run some virtual machines.
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January 19, 2011 5:15:07 PM

I was looking for Gigabyte cause it looked pretty good for the money.
The boards you mentioned are very good but much more expensive.
I also checked some MSI motherboards.
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January 19, 2011 8:03:19 PM

carstoshd said:
I was looking for Gigabyte cause it looked pretty good for the money.
The boards you mentioned are very good but much more expensive.
I also checked some MSI motherboards.

Are you going to be purchasing a GPU? If never then look at the H67.

DRAFT Building recommendations:
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January 21, 2011 1:12:57 AM

why is nvidia the best gpu for the 2600K?
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January 21, 2011 1:17:07 AM

flong said:
why is nvidia the best gpu for the 2600K?

It is not but the GTX580 is the best single GPU card on the market!
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January 21, 2011 2:58:10 PM

flong said:
why is nvidia the best gpu for the 2600K?

ATI(AMD) currently does not scale nearly as good/efficiently as the nVidia. Yes, the nVidia for quite sometime have produced the fastest GPUs. It's a recommendation and not requirement. In addition, I find the ATI(AMD) GPU's: Drivers & Cards themselves to be less reliable than nVidia.
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January 22, 2011 6:33:34 AM

I had the ATI 5850 and it was an amazing card. However I now currently own the ATI 5450 and it is terrible. Its HD processing is very poor, it blue screens everyday and the drivers are incredibly unstable. However, I like the idea of eyefinity very much though currently I have only one monitor. However, when I build my 2600K rig I may try nvidia, possibly the 570. I am not sure that it is work $150 more than the ATI 6870, but it is quieter and more powerful.
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