Im getting very overwhelmed trying to find a reliable mobo for my i5-2500k. I have looked at the gigabyte ga-p67a, asus p8p67 deluxe/pro, EVGA p67, asrock p67 extreme4/pro3, asus sabertooth p67 . . . . . Cant get an idea of a good mobo
Im building a gaming pc and i need a mobo with good Oclock options. I really need a mobo that will hopefully have as little hickups as possible, im new to this. Anything under $250 is acceptible.
the gigabyte boards are great! However, if your just getting into gaming and want an affordable and great performing board..perhaps consider the P67 Asrock4 extreme, or P8P67 Pro board...excellent price performance boards with efi bios and great oc ability..
It's all a matter of what ya want ... you tend to get what ya pay for though.
Anything under $250 is acceptible.
I'll put $260 as "close enough"
Asus P8P67 WS Revolution ($260) - This is the top end .... can give ya SLI or CF at x16 x16 via the NF200 ship which, as shown in this article, can pay dividends more than proportionate to the cash investment. Ya can read about it in the link below where it's compared to the Gigabyte UD7 .... the Asus comes out substantially on top but it was the substantially lower temps and wattage, especially at idle, that surprised me. Been at $259.99 on newegg since release date .... never seen in a newegg discount "combo".
Asus Sabertooth ($205 - $220) - You could call the Sabertooth a "militarized" version of the P8P67 Pro .... I mean that literally. Mil-spec parts used in Asus' TUF (tough) line of boards garners them a 5 year warranty. The MoBo shield (aka "thermal armor") is an interesting concept. Does SLI / CF at x8 x8. Price has ranged from $204.99 to $215.99 since release date .... rarely seen in a newegg discount "combo".
Asus P8P67 Pro - Easily the most popular 1155 board sold today. Does SLI / CF at x8 x8. THG lists it as the ebst overclocker in the $150 - $200 range. Price had not varied from $184.99 from release date to last week when in dropped $10 .... has always been available in a newegg discount "combo" w/ i7-2600k and iu5-2500k, which essentially saves ya another $20 making the effective purchase price only $154.99.
Given the price points above, I really can't see the Asrock as a "budget choice" (especially when Asus version is $5 cheaper, in combo, and has 3 year warranty to Asrock's 2) . The Asus Deluxe has nice features but for another $20, could have the WS Revolution.
As for the RAM......I'd recommend 8 GB (2 x 4GB) of low profile memory w/o the useless tall finned heat sinks that don't really do anything beneficial except look cool and often cause interference issues with 3rd party heat sinks. First decide whether ya wanna use CAS 9 and save money or drop down 2 CAS numbers to CAS 7 for performance reasons. No one argues the advantage of low CAS in demanding applications but, like the NF200, it's has oft been dismissed in the gaming world ..... The THG article above addressed the NF200 issue and anand has this to say about CAS here:
22.3 % (SLI) increase in minimum frame rated w/ C6 instead of C8 in Far Cry 2
18% (single card) / 5% (SLI) increase in minimum frame rated w/ C6 instead of C8 in Dawn of war
15% (single card) / 5% (SLI) increase in minimum frame rated w/ C6 instead of C8 in World in Conflict
Note that only the minimum frame rate actually benefited from the lower memory timings in that Anand article. The average frame rates stayed the same. That makes a difference only in some situations.
Well it's the minimum frame rates that are annoying .... average frame rates also went up but much smaller numbers. WiC went up 2% in SLI at average frame rates, others went up < 1%. And this is all at 1650 x 1050; expect things get more interesting at 1920 x 1200.