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Cheapest i5-2500k motherboard+memory for max. performance?

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February 25, 2011 12:24:03 AM

Hi Guys!

I'm upgrading to a 2500k.

I might OC it now or in the future.

I'm going to attach 1-2 internal harddrives.

At the moment USB3, Firewire and eSATA is not anything I need.

Basically: What is the cheapest 2500k motherboard+memory, where I can get maximum performance and is still able to fully OC the CPU?
a c 195 V Motherboard
February 25, 2011 1:08:15 AM

AsRock makes a great board at $150 with the P67 Extreme 4. It has all the features of higher priced boards for cheap.

Gigabyte makes the P67 UD3 for a few dollars less.

For RAM Look for GSkill, Corsair or Mushkin DDR3 1333 cas 9 for the cheapest. Anything faster is overclocking as 1333 cas 9 is default for Sandy Bridge.

February 25, 2011 1:51:46 AM

Thanks, man, have already given that board a good look. :) 

Would DDR3 1600 give more performance in games?
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a c 195 V Motherboard
February 25, 2011 1:57:00 AM

Maybe just a few percent difference in faster RAM. I have 8GB of DDR3 1600 Cas 7-8-7-24 and it gives a 7.8 WEI. At 1333 cas 9 ( default timings) it gives a WEI of 7.6.
a c 107 V Motherboard
February 25, 2011 3:24:56 AM

I'd suggest the ASRock P67 Pro3 board. Its performance is quite impressive, and it's a good deal if you don't plan to do SLI/CF.

DDR3-1600 CL9 is Sandy Bridge's sweet spot. I run 12GB (one 8GB kit and one 4GB kit) of G.Skill Ripjaws X DDR3-1600 CL9 in mine. I get RAM WEI of 7.8 with mine -- not that I consider WEI a true measure of performance.