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Low cost Core i5 2500K (LGA 1155 Socket) Motherboards?

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January 28, 2011 7:06:07 AM

I'm putting together a new rig this summer ..I originally planned on picking up an Athlon II X4 645 or Phenom II X4 945 ..but then I heard about the sandy bridge i5s ..and ppl say I'm an idiot even thinking about getting an AMD CPU for gaming now ..so I'm thinking about buying an i5 ..unfortunately I have a kinda tight budget ..around 1000 or 1100 $$ ..not more ..so I wanna spend as low as is possible on my mobo ..
I want it to be CrossFire ready (i don't care about SLI) ..16gb DDR3 1600 MHz capable ..4-6+ USB 2 slots ..USB3 ..2+ SATA slots ..with reasonable overclocking headroom ..
my budget is 100-150$ ..
thanks in advance .. :) 

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a b V Motherboard
January 28, 2011 7:50:49 AM

Seeing as how you want XFire support, the good news is that XFire motherboards are generally cheaper then the ones supporting SLI.

Here's my best bet: Gigabyte P67A-UD3.

Good motherboard, good overclocking headroom, good support, P67 chipset. Good choice, and under $150. :D 
a b V Motherboard
January 28, 2011 4:00:03 PM

Your not going to find a good brand with true crossfire for under $150 unless you buy some crap like ECS or Foxconn. Even so, the absolute cheapest newegg has right now is $180.

The board Toxxyc is suggesting will not work for crossfire.

The cheapest I can find on Newegg right now is this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

a b V Motherboard
January 28, 2011 4:41:36 PM

Crossfire p67's are generally cheaper than Xfire P67's?? ROFL

That's the dumbest most uneducated statement I've seen this week. There is absolutely no difference in the board or the price. If it supports Xfire, it supports SLI.
January 29, 2011 5:58:51 PM

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If it supports Xfire, it supports SLI.


Not according the specs for the ASUS motherboard. Some support Crossfire only while others support both Crossfire and SLI.

ASUS Motherboard Specs
a b V Motherboard
January 29, 2011 8:39:59 PM

GideonWright said:
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If it supports Xfire, it supports SLI.


Not according the specs for the ASUS motherboard. Some support Crossfire only while others support both Crossfire and SLI.

ASUS Motherboard Specs


Well the boards your referring to don't do true SLI -OR- Xfire, they are both 16x/4x, so doesn't matter. The ones that matter 8x/8x, do SLI AND XFIRE.
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