MSI P67A-GD65 vs ASUS P8P67


I'm gonna be building a Win 7 machine with a i52500k. Should I go MSI or ASUS? The ASUS P8P67's are not available at the moment on Newegg, so I'm wondering about the MSI P67A-GD65. Is it a good board? I'm not a gamer or overclocker, I'm more of a multi-tasker.

Thanks :)
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  1. It is a good board. I personally select between Asus, Gigabyte and MSI based on installed features and price, quality is similar. Then there is Asrock great features for the price!
  2. Hmm...if you're multi-tasking then you want a good multi-tasking CPU like the i7-2600 series, and if you don't OC then why get a 'K' series.

    The MSI P67A-GD65 is a 6+2 phase and poor match for any 'K' CPU, and the vanilla ASUS P8P67 is 12+2 phase.

    So if your Apps can utilize Hyper-Threading then clearly the i7-2600, and if you go the 'K' then you want 8+2 phase or greater. Phases are in integral part of 'longevity' whether you OC or not, and unlike the i7-9XX{except 980X} where 16+2 is considered the minimum the SB 32nm are more efficient. Think of it like placing 50% on a bulb or 25% -- which lasts longer. Next, if you do decide to OC then 12+2 or more phases is a 'good idea.'

    Q - What needs do you have and what other components are you looking at for this system?
  3. Hi Jaquith. I'm the guy you were helping most of the day the a couple days ago. I'm just gonna build a fast pc and I'm not a gamer. I'm just trying to narrow down a board to get for a Win 7 build. When I say "multitasker", I just mean I multitask lightly, not for work or anything like that. You recommended that I go with the i5 2500k a couple days ago, so I'm trying to find a board for it.

    You also told me I should go with the ASUS P8P67 Pro, but I'm not sure I really need the "Pro" version and I can't get it on Newegg anyways. Newegg does have the MSI G65, but I heard a few negatives about it.

    My system is gonna have 1 vid card.
    Maybe and ssd way off in the future for a main drive

    I don't get the whole "phase" thing yet.

    ANy boards that are on Newegg now that you would recommend for ME (a non-gamer, light multitasker, downloader)

    I'd like to stay under $200, but could go slightly higher.

    thanks Jaquith.
  4. Then it's good to get more opinions - yeah I remember now. My answers are still the same and consistent.

    ASUS P8P67 PRO - because you keep MOBOs for a very longtime, and the conclusion was after many Q&A. We oscillated between the P8P67 PRO & P8P67. Good 'stuff' lasts.

    Phases is the MOBO's regulated power for it's components. The best analogy is the Bulb burning, burning at 80% will work for a while then poof and 20% very longtime and eventually same poof. Components life is dependent on use and strain - globally to all components.
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