Help me choose a MB for i5

Hi Guys,

I want to upgrade my pc. My current pc's spects are :

- Intel Core 2 Duo 3GHZ
- Gigabyte MB
- 4 GB RAM
- 1 TB HDD
- NVidia Geforce GTX 275
- Win 7

Now what I would like to change is my processor, motheboard and hard drive. On the HDD front I am going for a 2TB one. But I need help on the processor & motherboard front.

Primary usage: Gaming and bit of application development

My choice of processor: Intel core i5. Should be enough for me. How about sandy bridge i5 2500. ?

On the motherboard front I am blank. If I am getting a good processor I might as well get a poweful motherboard which compliments it. (around $120). What do you guys recommend? Because I have a graphics & sound card which I will install on motherboard, its not important that motherboard ships with onboard features on graphics/sound front. It it does its fine.

Will be glad if anyone can advice me.

I heard motherboards of companies like gigabyte are better than intel's stock board. Is this true?

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  1. Here is the cheapest P67 I can find
    Quality wise I put MSI on level with Gigabyte and Asus. Intel boards are stable but not good for overclocks and tweaking which a true enthusiast board should be.
  2. I recommend you the MSI P67A-GD65, it's not expensive and its quality is good. Those DrMOSs will be very useful when you try to overclock your i5 2500K to 5GHz.
  3. Thanks guys for your replies. Whats the difference between P67 or H67 or H61 chipsets. I need a powerful motherboard and am a bit inclined towards gigabyte. Can you suggest any ?
  4. P67 paired with K CPU is for system tweakers/enthusiasts , the H chipsets are more for people wanting to use the built in HD graphics in the CPU's.
    Comparable Gigabyte board to the MSI I linked to earlier if you want to go with a dual GPU setup you would have to take it a step higher
  5. I will be using a Single GPU (Nvidia GTX 275). The card you suggested me looks good. Someone suggested me GA-P67A-UD4 ? Howz this ?
  6. It is the next step up and a good board if a SLI or CF setup is in the picture.
  7. Gigabyte motherboard GA-P67A-UD4 B3 is not available here. Can you recommend boards slightly cheaper or lower to the one I mentioned above. I am getting Segate Sata 2 TB HDD for around $90 here, so I dont think it will be supporting Sata 6GB/sec speed.
    (I live outside the US).
  8. The GA-P67A-UD3 I linked to before is the cheapest Gigabyte P67 board on the market. Cheaper than that are H67 and H61 boards with limited overclocking capabilities.
    For cheaper P67 boards brands like Asrock and Biostar come to mind.
    If you can post a link to a possible webshop then it would be easier for us to pick out of their selection.
  9. The ASRock P67 Extreme4 is definitely the best "bang for your buck." If you lookup some reviews and benchmarks it performs greater than or on par with ASUS and GIGABYTE boards that are much more expensive.
  10. @rolli59 - the board you mentioned is not recommended because of sata port bug. Thats why I think the B3 came into the picture.

    @chmcke01- I am reluctant to try another brand. Intel, Gigabyte & Asus is what I would like to stick to.

    Any additional names can you guys give ?
  11. The board I recommended is revision B3 which fixes the SATA bug! All the boards on the market (at respectable retailers) got recalled and they have just been rereleased!
  12. I agree, B3 is a safer bet but what board in B3. I think GA-P67A-UD4-B3 would be overbudget for me. Any board slightly lower.
  13. Best answer
    If you want to stick with "reputable" brands, I would suggest the P8P67 ($160) or P8P67 Pro ($200).
  14. You mean Asus P8P67 B3 ?
  15. jackgreat said:
    I agree, B3 is a safer bet but what board in B3. I think GA-P67A-UD4-B3 would be overbudget for me. Any board slightly lower.

    GA-P67A-UD3-B3 that I linked to earlier
  16. All current boards are B3.
  17. The P67 motherboards are not available here so far. I think they will be available within a week. The Asus P67 boards price may start at around $240 or higher. I am not sure about the price of Gigabyte P67 boards. I think that would be above my budget.

    If P67 boards price is high should I got for a H67 board. I think their price maybe around $120-$150 (estimate only).
  18. From my experience Asus motherboards have all been problem free.
  19. hyeedo said:
    From my experience Asus motherboards have all been problem free.

    Ya possibly but the issue here is price.
  20. I am getting Asus P8H67-M EVO at around $165. How is it ?
  21. Thanks guys for your help, I got Asus P8P67 Pro for $240.
  22. Best answer selected by jackgreat.
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