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July 13, 2011 5:35:16 PM

I'm looking to upgrade my CPU and processor to a Sandy Bridge system.

I'm set on the i5 2400 because I will not be overclocking and I will be able to grab it at Microcenter.

The motherboard is what I'm having a tough time on. I'm looking for one around $150, to keep this upgrade around $300.

I'm not exactly sure which chipset I want, but I will be using a GTX 560 Ti. I was also planning on buying an SSD as a boot drive down the road when prices are not at around $2 per gig. This computer will be used for a lot of gaming and video editing!

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I've been looking at 3 motherboards (both at Microcenter, but with Newegg links) so far:

GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GA-Z68XP-UD3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'm not sure which brand to go with either, but these Gigabyte look promising as the Asus have had a ton of bad reviews on Newegg.

Any help is appreciated!
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July 13, 2011 10:13:21 PM

The GA-Z68XP-UD3H has a m-sata port for use with a SSD that connects by that slot, heck I woudl guess that you could also put a wireless card from a laptop into it to. So are you going to use an SSD like the Intel® SSD 311? If so go with the Z68XP if not the other one.

Christian Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team
July 13, 2011 11:29:09 PM

IntelEnthusiast said:
The GA-Z68XP-UD3H has a m-sata port for use with a SSD that connects by that slot, heck I woudl guess that you could also put a wireless card from a laptop into it to. So are you going to use an SSD like the Intel® SSD 311? If so go with the Z68XP if not the other one.

Christian Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team

I'm not sure which SSD I would be going with, but preferably one with ~64+ GB. The SSD will be farther down the road.

The GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 does look pretty cool, but I want to see some more reviews for it first.
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