Building First Computer Sandy Bridge

Hi, within the month I will be making my first computer for gaming, a bit of photoshop (for fun), and just casual use.

I would like to put a 2500k i5 so I need help picking out a p67 motherboard.

This game will be used to play Guild Wars 2 (not out yet) and hopefully Battlefield 3, I need a computer soon so waiting isn't really an option.

I've been told to push for a 6870 hd and have about $160 for a motherboard.

If you guys think the 6870 will run games like those at pretty high setting then I don't need to crossfire but I'm assuming I will need to crossfire (especially for Battlefield 3) at some point.

Thanks!
-Travis
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  1. Hey either go for a Gigabyte P67A-UD3-B3 or MSI P67A-GD55 or ASUS P8P67 LE and for a GFX card i would go for a NVIDIA they much cooler and more bang for your money
    go for a GFX 560 ti or GTX 570 otherwise if the GTX 570 is to price go for a ovelocked GTX 560 ti like the ASUS GeForce GTX 560 Ti DirectCU II or EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti Superclocked or Gigabyte GeForce GTX 560 Ti SOC best bet out of those is the EVGA OR GIGABYTE CARD
  2. ^ Yeah...I would suggest the GTX 560Ti for the graphics card..I have a direct cu II asus gtx 560ti oc to closely match a GTX 570 stock speeds..runs like a champ..as for the motherboard..there are some good prices in that range...

    Check out some of these boards that have very good features for the price
    As Rock P67 Pro
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?
    Item=N82E16813157230&cm_re=p67_as_rock-_-13-157-230-_-Product

    Asus P8p67
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&Description=p8p67&x=0&y=0

    Biostar Tp67
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138298&Tpk=biostar%20p67

    There are plenty in this price range...check out some sites and fine tune the search and categorize them from lowest to most expensive..

    Good luck
  3. guys some of the MB's you suggested will only support CF and the cards mention are Nvidias
  4. yeah...i was looking more for price...but OP can get a p8p67 pro and sli to his hearts content
  5. U can buy an amd for same price as i5 u can get 6 cores.
  6. you get 6 useless cores! I have no beef against AMD whatsoever..but those 6 cores will not benefit you as far as gaming is concerned..it will, however, help with photoshop and some heavily threaded applications..but even the i52500k makes a 6 core thuban look bad.. get the 2500k intel processor..drop it into one of the above mentioned boards..and oc that bad boy by increasing the multiplier and watch sparks fly (not literally)...You'll fall in love, I promise..DO THE RIGHT THING!
  7. agreed the 2500k is a monster for gaming. my GF pc which is a 2500k with the asus p8p67 pro 4 gigs ram and with only a GTX 460 runs all games on full :) so you will be happy
  8. ^There you go! I own a 2500k and it's absolutely terrifying...I kid you not..I'm glad with my new processor...as I said..DO THE RIGHT THING!
  9. I'd rather stick with the 6870 its more in my price range (I know its only like $50 more for the 560 but my budget has started to get kinda tight).
    I'm assuming the asus p8p67 pro will still crossfire?
  10. yes it will! and it will be great when the time is right
  11. traviss123 said:
    I'd rather stick with the 6870 its more in my price range (I know its only like $50 more for the 560 but my budget has started to get kinda tight).
    I'm assuming the asus p8p67 pro will still crossfire?


    I think you have to keep in mind that the 68xx series is riding into the sunset w/ the arrival of the 69xx series.....getting the P8P67 Pro gives you SLI / CF capability which down the road gives you a simple upgrade path which will extend the life of your system some 12-18 months. I'd be concerned about the availability of the 68xx series down the road.

    At 2560 x 1600, I'd look at the 6950/6970 .... at 1920 x 1200, the 560 Ti / 570 has a significant edge.

    At 1920 x 1200, the 560 Ti factory overclocked models approach the performance of the 570's and even surpass the 6970 in many game benches making it very attractive at it's price.
  12. ATI's are nice and all but bang for buck nvidia is there
  13. I just built my first computer and it is an i5 2500k but I do not game or overclock, so I went with the Intel DH67CL mobo since I wanted to use the onboard graphics. I am not going to say that I had fun building the PC but I did enjoy it. My build is very fast with my 3D and HD holding back the score at a 5.8/5.9, the processor and memory are at the high 7's.
  14. Raistlin1 said:
    I just built my first computer and it is an i5 2500k but I do not game or overclock, so I went with the Intel DH67CL mobo since I wanted to use the onboard graphics. I am not going to say that I had fun building the PC but I did enjoy it. My build is very fast with my 3D and HD holding back the score at a 5.8/5.9, the processor and memory are at the high 7's.



    LOL u dont game or overclock but u bought a overcloking CPU ... why not get the i5 2500 ?
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