Best MoBo for under $300 for i7 2500k cpu?

As title says, I'm looking for the Best MoBo for under $300 for i7 2500k cpu (looking for P67 board for gaming)?

thi is my current build (minus Mobo)


CASE NZXT| PHAN-001BK RT - Retail (Qty=1, Price=$139.99

VGA XFX|HD-695A-CNFC HD6950 2GB R - Retail (Qty=2, Price=$599.98)

PSU XFX| P1850BCAG9 850W R - Retail (Qty=1, Price=$149.99)

CPU INTEL|CORE I7 2600K 3.4G 8M R - Retail (Qty=1, Price=$329.99)

FLDRV 2G|KST DTIG3/2GBZ R - Retail (Qty=2, Price=$13.98)

MEM 4Gx2|GSKILL F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL - Retail (Qty=2, Price=$169.98)

SSD 64G|CORSAIR CSSD-P364GB2-BRKT R - Retail (Qty=1, Price=$164.99)

HD 1T|SAMSUNG HD103SJ 32M 7K % - OEM (Qty=1, Price=$64.99)

MNTR ASUS|LCD 23.6" 5MS VH242H RT - Retail (Qty=2, Price=$359.98)

BLU-RAY BURNER LG | WH10LS30 OEM - OEM (Qty=1, Price=$79.99)

WIN PRO 7 64-BT ENG 1PK DSP OEI DVD - OEM (Qty=1, Price=$139.99)

CPU COOLER CM| RR-B10-212P-G1 RT - Retail (Qty=1, Price=$29.99)

CASE FAN NZXT| FN-200RB RT - Retail (Qty=1, Price=$14.99)

CASE FAN XIGMATEK| CLF-F1451 RT - Retail (Qty=1, Price=$12.99)

ACC MNTR|ROSEW BRACKET KIT - Retail (Qty=2, Price=$69.98)
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  1. Don't buy a Sandy-Bridge motherboard until mid-April. They're all faulty.
  2. omnisome said:
    Don't buy a Sandy-Bridge motherboard until mid-April. They're all faulty.



    damn wish i new that before because I ordered all my parts accept the Mobo. So is Mid april a definite or is there alternative mobo thats just as good if not better?
  3. Yes, there is a defect in the 1155-socketed motherboards that disallow the SATA ports from living longer than a few months. Try to RMA the motherboard and tell them about the Intel recall and how you didn't know. They should replace it for you when they have fixed ones in stock.
  4. omnisome said:
    Try to RMA the motherboard and tell them about the Intel recall and how you didn't know. They should replace it for you when they have fixed ones in stock.

    lol I'm sorry but i'm extremely noob with all this stuff, What is "RMA" the motherboard mean?
  5. RMA = Return Merchandise Authorization (basicly return your motherboard to the store you purchased it from).
  6. omnisome said:
    RMA = Return Merchandise Authorization (basicly return your motherboard to the store you purchased it from).



    O, but i didnt buy it yet. I bought everything except the MoBo, thats why im asking if theres another MoBo that will work with my setup. Something thats just as good if not better then the sandy Bridge?
  7. The above information is correct.

    The defect only affect the Intel X4 SATA2 ports, the Intel X2 SATA3 and other SATA ports are not affected e.g. Marvell.

    Info -> http://www.intel.com/consumer/products/processors/chipset.htm
  8. Lunat1c said:
    Something thats just as good if not better then the sandy Bridge?

    There are no other MOBO's the support the Sandy Bridge, the alternatives are X58/1366 or P55/1156.

    The X58/1366 would require different RAM, and the P55 is a step backwards.

    Building Chart:
  9. To run the i7-2600K you need a motherboard with the 1155 socket (Sandy Bridge).

    Edit: I suggest you wait until mid-April and buy a Sandy-Bridge board if you can wait until then because I think I speak for the entire community when I say that the i7-2600K is the best X4 processor on the market.
  10. jaquith said:
    The above information is correct.

    The defect only affect the Intel X4 SATA2 ports, the Intel X2 SATA3 and other SATA ports are not affected e.g. Marvell.

    Info -> http://www.intel.com/consumer/products/processors/chipset.htm



    Anyone have any suggestions as to a different mobo I can buy?
  11. Lol I guess I'll wait, thank you for the info.
  12. Here's something you may also be interested in:
    How to BIOS-flash your HD6950 to an HD6970!
  13. omnisome said:
    Here's something you may also be interested in:
    How to BIOS-flash your HD6950 to an HD6970!



    Great link, thank you very much.
  14. Alternative:
    CPU:
    i7 950 (3.06 GHz) ; Micro Center walk-in price $199 http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0346210
    i7 960 (3.20 GHz)

    MOBO:
    EVGA X58 FTW3 132-GT-E768-TR http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188066
    ASUS P6X58D Premium http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131614
    ASUS P6X58D-E http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131641

    RAM:
    CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 TR3X6G1600C8D http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145224
    CORSAIR DOMINATOR 12GB (3 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 CMP12GX3M3A1600C9 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145321
  15. Is the i7 930 better then the 2500k for gaming?
  16. Is the i7 930 better then the 2500k for gaming?
  17. Neither CPU is a bottleneck in gaming, the 2500K is the better CPU but the PCIe x16/x16 in the LGA 1366/i7 930 is better especially in higher resolutions. Therefore, it goes back to the Chart I inserted above and availability i.e. your desire to 'wait'.

    If I had a single HD monitor then I'd wait for the SB in the next 2~6 weeks.
  18. If the boards are shipping now...

    http://www.asrock.com/news/events/201102ex/warranty.html

    Why would he have to wait until April? Are you concerned that other issues may arise?

    You really do not need to spend $300 to get a great motherboard.

    These are the best 2 IMO...

    http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=P67%20Extreme4

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131682
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