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October 8, 2011 3:41:03 PM

I'm looking to build a new computer with a few existing components off this current machine but I'm a little confused on which motherboard would be best to get. I'm looking to buy an i5-2400 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...) and an Asus gtx 570 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...). Also I'm somewhat novice when it comes to hardware and putting it together, defiantly not a pro, so any suggestions would be helpful, even if not pertaining to the motherboard.

I'm a little over-whelmed by all the choices that there seem to be for motherboards. I also plan on getting another gtx 570 for SLI, down the road. Also, I don't plan on over clocking anything. I read the the Asus gtx 570 is a very fat card that covers up the other pci-e slot on motherboards, is this true? Would it even be possible to sli them if this is the case?

Also, what do you all think would be a good power supply and RAM setup? I have a current power supply, but I'm not sure it would do the trick, and I know my ram wouldn't.

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October 9, 2011 10:59:45 PM

Well you obviously want an Intel chipset motherboard if you plan on getting an i5 processor. Intel CPUs won't fit in an AMD motherboard and vice versa. Do you have a price range you are trying to stay in? A good motherboard can run between 90-120 dollars. Of course there are more expensive motherboards that are higher quality. But in this price range you will get reliability.
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October 10, 2011 12:24:40 AM

You don't mention what you plan to use the rig for, but from your plans to install a second 570 you probably want it to game well at a resolution higher than 1920x1080.

What you want in a motherboard is:
- socket 1155 (Intel) motherboard (to support an i5 2400)
- support for SLI (for 2x570)
- 2 x16 (Physical) PCIe slots operating x16-x16 or x8-x8 (electrical) (for 2x570)
- extensive OCing support is *not* necessary (because you don't plan to OC)
- Other expansion card slots needed? (Don't know.)
- Case size already chosen? (ATX or mATX, etc)

So give us a little more info. Meanwhile you can look at these three boards that are at least in the ballpark:

Gigabyte P67 UD3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Gigabyte Z68 UD3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Asus P67 Sabertooth http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Note that boards that don't support SLI (or Crossfire) very well are often much less expensive, and you may not need more.
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