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Cheap mobo for i5-2500k?

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August 17, 2011 2:26:07 PM

I'm looking foward to build a new computer (first one btw). I still don't know wich motherboard to get. I need some advice. I got a low budget.

Here's my requirement :
- I will probalby oc in the future.
- I plan on going for sli anytime soon.
- Usb 3.0 is not essential to me.
- I only have one internal drive.
- I will get 8gb of ram (2x4gb) and maybe upgrade in the future

If anyone could help me with this, that would be great.

Thanks in advance.

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a c 75 V Motherboard
August 17, 2011 5:36:18 PM

Starting off with the Intel® Core™ i5-2500K and the possibility of overclocking in the future means that you are going to be focusing on a board using the P67 or Z68 chipset anything less will stop you from being able to overclock. Because we are looking for a low cost choice the more expensive Z68 chipset most likely will be out. That brings us to the P67 and a board like the BIOSTAR TP67B+ would be about as low cost as you could get and still fit your needs. There maybe some others out there that you would have to check but in most cases at the low end you are going to get what you pay for. I would advise that you look for a board with the p67 chipset and in around the $150 price range.

Christian Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team
August 17, 2011 7:18:40 PM

Am I going to be able to make sli setup with this kind of card?
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a c 75 V Motherboard
August 17, 2011 7:53:19 PM

That board will support 1 PCI-e x16 card and when you add the second in to the other slot it that one will run at x4. So you will see a performance increase over a single card but not as much as you would get from two full x16 card which you can't get 2nd generation Intel® Core™ processors.

Christian Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team
a c 715 V Motherboard
August 17, 2011 8:01:33 PM

IntelEnthusiast said:
BIOSTAR TP67B+
Christian Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team

:o  Huh!? Who hacked your account and where's Christian?

It depends 100% on your target OC. High OC with low Phase MOBO's has a darn good correlation to higher vCore; in other words cheap MOBO = lower achievable OC and/or hotter CPU and/or reduced lifespan CPU.

So the question 'is' what is your target OC?
a c 75 V Motherboard
August 17, 2011 9:17:44 PM

Yea Yea I know but I dont know anything else in his range but I did advise that he is looking for something in the $150+ range.

Christian Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team
August 24, 2011 12:09:38 AM

Sorry for the late answer. I was looking about 4.0 Ghz
a c 206 V Motherboard
August 24, 2011 1:17:02 AM

If you're going to be adding a second graphics card for an SLI setup in the future make sure that the motherboard package includes an SLI bridge connector. Motherboards that don't include an SLI bridge connector don't support SLI mode.

You should see a specification like the following:

2 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots (single at x16, or dual at x8/x8 mode)

There are some LGA 1155 motherboards that have an NVIDIA NF200 chip that allows x16/x16 mode using multiplexing which introduces lag.

PCI Express x16 slots specified as operating at x4 mode are not recommended for SLI use only CrossFireX.
August 24, 2011 2:11:53 AM

So does a P8P67 pro will do?

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a c 206 V Motherboard
August 24, 2011 2:17:28 AM
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Yes. The P8P67 PRO will work fine for two NVIDIA graphics cards in SLI mode and support overclocking of the K-Series Sandybridge processors.
August 24, 2011 10:50:18 AM

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