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Wich mobo for a 6950 and a i5-2500K?

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May 26, 2011 9:15:31 PM

Hey guys, I was planning to get a 2GB 6950 but I don't know wich mobo should I get. I would like to keep it under 150 $ (or less!). I won't use crossfire and I also won't overclock. Also, is a 520W PSU enough for this card and 1 HDD?

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a c 76 V Motherboard
May 26, 2011 9:32:35 PM

At $150 I would go with the Asus P8P67 LE or the Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD3-B3 both of these are good boards and will fit your needs and budget.

As far as power supply you can use this tool to check how much you will need at a minimum based on the information on the system here the 520 w should be able to work for you.

Christian Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team
May 26, 2011 9:34:38 PM

Post the rest of your specs. What processor and such so a motherboard and PSU load can be determined. We also need the make of the specific model on your power supply.
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a b V Motherboard
May 26, 2011 10:46:45 PM

Go Z68. $130 Gigabyte GA-Z68A-D3H-B3

That's a solid PSU, but a bit expensive considering you'll need to replace it if you want to Crossfire. I'd say you may as well look for a good 750W PSU since those can be found on sale every week or so for $90. The Corsair TX750 V2 was $75 last week.
May 27, 2011 1:25:00 AM

Being a Gigybite board user for may years and many builds, it pains me to say the ASRock is a great board. I have used two of them in builds for friends and have not had the first problem. A good brand 750 watt PSU would do as well as be good for any up-grades you may do in the future.
a b V Motherboard
May 27, 2011 1:42:28 AM

There's nothing wrong with ASRock, but it doesn't beat the $130 for the Gigabyte Z68 anyways. There's no reason to go with P67 over Z68, but there are plenty of reasons to go with Z68 over P67.
May 27, 2011 9:29:00 AM

Thanks a lot for the answers! Unfortunately, I'm even more confused now haha.

I don't plan doing crossfire in the future so if the 520W PSU is enough for my build I will get that one.

As for the mobo choice, what is the advantage of going Z68? I will use this computer only for gaming so I don't know. About the P67 boards I have also heard great things of the ASRock board but the Gygabyte one doesn't look bad either. Wich one do you think is better? ASRock P67 PRO3 or Gygabyte GA-P67A?
a b V Motherboard
May 27, 2011 3:34:54 PM

ASRock has good UFEI for overclocking. It is simple and alomost foolproof.

The Z68 platform is the mainline and future of Sandybridge. It offers Virtu and HDD to small SSD caching. But if you are not doing heavy video encoding and don't plan on HDD caching then the P67 is just as good at a lower price.

If you want to build while delaying the purchase of a discrete GPU then go with the Z68. If you want a lower price mobo and already have the GPU then consider P67.
May 27, 2011 8:47:57 PM

That was most helpful Chesteracorgi, thanks for the answer!
May 27, 2011 9:00:28 PM

My MSI P67A GD65 is awesome!
a b V Motherboard
May 30, 2011 4:00:59 AM

I'd just go with the $130 Gigabyte Gigabyte GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 on Newegg.