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MB help - with onboard video for i5-2500K Intel

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July 20, 2011 1:21:01 PM

Well, my friend who I'm building his PC for wants (for now) a mobo with onboard video.
I suggested he get an EVGA 460 but nope, he'd rather spend it on more frivolous expensive hobbies. (never understood that).

So what do you guys suggest, preferably from Gigabyte, but doesn't necessarily HAVE to be from them.

I was considering this one maybe.
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...


or this Gigabyte
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...



But again, gigabyte or even asus and in that order if possible.

Thanks
a c 435 V Motherboard
July 20, 2011 5:50:10 PM

Both boards have similar features. You may also want to spend a little more for a z68 board. It has a few new features lacking in the h67, but I'm not an expert on either one. Haven't tried them yet. I recommend you download the board manuals and compare the voltage settings if you want to overclock. One poster was upset that his gigabyte board wouldn't run below 1.6v for the ram. Tried to explain to him that this is normal for some boards, and it wouldn't hurt the ram. If you're picky, take a few minutes to download the pdf files for the manuals.
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July 20, 2011 7:38:48 PM

Okay, no idea what a Z68 will do, but will look it up on some sites. Thanks.

-edit- seems like the entire gigabyte line-up of Z68s don't have any onboard video chipsets.
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a c 716 V Motherboard
July 20, 2011 7:55:31 PM

Neither of those boards are suitable for the Intel i5-2500K Only the P67 {GPU required} or Z68 {iGPU on 'most'} can OC - period. Correct, most of GA's Z68 lack an HDMI or other iGPU port.

Full list Z68 + HDMI
USA -> http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...
Canada -> http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=EN...

(2 mATX & 2 ATX)
USA -> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...|13-157-252^13-157-252-TS%2C13-157-251^13-157-251-TS%2C13-128-495^13-128-495-TS%2C13-128-520^13-128-520-TS
Canada -> http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submit...|13-128-520^13-128-520-TS%2C13-128-495^13-128-495-TS%2C13-157-252^13-157-252-TS%2C13-157-251^13-157-251-TS
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July 21, 2011 5:15:09 PM

Awesome, thanks Jaquith, appreciate it.
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July 22, 2011 9:40:28 PM

Okay, I'm lost a bit here, so which of these boards for around $100 will be suitable for a 2500K? My friend doesn't plan to overclock at all, but the CPU price was actually better than the 2400 (hence the reason he got it).

Need to get something soon.
Help?
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a c 435 V Motherboard
July 22, 2011 11:41:21 PM

The graphics are on the cpu die, so all you need to do is look for a board with a vga or dvi port or both and it will work with your 2500k. If you need the hdmi port, then look for it in the photos at newegg. It will also be in the description under "detail". The gigabyte GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 should work fine for your needs. It's $124.99 at newegg. The reason it says "no onboard video" is that the video is on the cpu die itself, not on the motherboard as with older boards. This gigabyte board has no pci slots for older cards. If you have any old pci devices, then choose another board.
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a c 716 V Motherboard
July 23, 2011 1:08:12 PM

Any of the (2 mATX & 2 ATX) above will OC the the SB 'K' CPUs. In your price range, IMO, the ASRock is probably the better choice but the 'better' is splitting hairs. However, the GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 offers 2-WAY CF/SLI so if that's ever a possibility then choose it.

Next, you need to decide mATX or ATX; IMO ATX is the best option IF your case will fit an ATX MOBO - most will fit them fine. mATX is better for a small HTPC.
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July 24, 2011 12:25:18 PM

o1die said:
The graphics are on the cpu die, so all you need to do is look for a board with a vga or dvi port or both and it will work with your 2500k. If you need the hdmi port, then look for it in the photos at newegg. It will also be in the description under "detail". The gigabyte GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 should work fine for your needs. It's $124.99 at newegg. The reason it says "no onboard video" is that the video is on the cpu die itself, not on the motherboard as with older boards. This gigabyte board has no pci slots for older cards. If you have any old pci devices, then choose another board.



Well the thing is, he would like the option of being able to put a video card on the board itself, basically future proofing it.
I don't understand why he doesn't want to get a card now outright, but his brother says he's cheap - yet he'll spend money on his big boy toys. (dummy)

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July 24, 2011 12:35:28 PM

jaquith said:
Any of the (2 mATX & 2 ATX) above will OC the the SB 'K' CPUs. In your price range, IMO, the ASRock is probably the better choice but the 'better' is splitting hairs. However, the GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 offers 2-WAY CF/SLI so if that's ever a possibility then choose it.

Next, you need to decide mATX or ATX; IMO ATX is the best option IF your case will fit an ATX MOBO - most will fit them fine. mATX is better for a small HTPC.



He doesn't plan to overclock, but the i5-2500k was cheaper at the time than the i5-2400 lol
This is a day to day usage build, not for a HTPC.
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