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Best P67 Motherboard to Fit My Specs

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November 29, 2011 2:05:50 AM

Hiya all, building a new computer for a ton of gaming, some video editing, and overclocking. Looking for help/suggestions for a motherboard that will fit my specs well.


Specs:
GPU: MSI GTX N580 Lighting Extreme Edition 3 GB - I plan to SLI in the near future (I understand this card is huge so wondering if it will fit SLI in my Cosmos 1000)

CPU: i5 2500k - planning to get a Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO for aftermarket cooling

PSU: Corsair Professional Series HX850

Memory: GSkill Ripjaws X Series 8 GB 8-8-8-24 or whatever works with the motherboard i decide on.

OS: Windows 7 64 Home Premium

Motherboard: ?? - I have pretty much decided on getting a P67 over Z68 board because i really don't feel i need what the Z68 features but if anyone thinks my specs would fit it better then please explain why.

Boards i have looked at: Been looking at Asus mostly just because i hear great things about their bios.

Asus P67 WS Revolution

Asus P8P67 Deluxe

Asus Maximus

Asus P67 Sabertooth

All of these boards look reliable and pretty decent but i just cant decide on which would best fit my needs.

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB

SSD: Crucial M4 128 GB

Case Form Factor: ATX - Case is the Coolermaster Cosmos 1000

I am interested in doing some video editing, a lot of gaming, SLI eventually when the price of GTX 580 goes way down, and i would like to OC. My budget on the motherboard is 250 so if anyone has any suggestions for motherboards it would be much appreciated especially if you have first hand experience with the board. I would like to future proof for Ivy bridge and decent on board sound is desirable although i will be picking up a sound card eventually. I really just want a Mobo that wont bottleneck my other components and can OC really well/easily.
By the way if you have other suggestions for my build they would be much appreciated thanks (:
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November 29, 2011 2:44:26 AM

Memory - Corsair low Profile Vengeance

MoBo - Ya left out the P9P67 Pro which is a great bargain at $170
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The WS revolution is an astounding board..... it pretty much trounces the competition here:
http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/3795/asus_p8p67_ws_rev...

NF200 gives you x16 x16 PCI Bandwidth and nice separation between the two SLI GFX cards

The Deluxe is usually $10 - $20 cheaper than the WS and is basically the same board without the NF200. AT that price difference, I see little reason for the Deluxe's existence.

The Sabetooth is another astounding board. 5 year warranty, great performance, nothing ya can say bad.

If ya have the budget, I'd take the WS Revolution.

As for the SSD, the M4 is down at Tier 5 .... The Chronos Deluxe is Tier 3
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-price-ssd,3070...

I'd consider twin 560-448's. That's the new 560/570 hybrid for about $250
http://news.softpedia.com/news/Nvidia-s-GTX-560-Ti-448-...


November 29, 2011 3:02:58 AM

Alright you've convinced me to go with the WS Revolution although i have heard that the NF200 adds latency but i am not sure about that. I'm not to familiar with SSD's and heard the M4 was a great drive but can you tell me more about the tier system? For GPU you would suggest SLI 560-448s over SLI GTX 580 Extreme Lighting? I wouldnt start with two 580s but i would add another on later. What are the benefits of 2 560s besides price wise (which is obvious actually but price isnt a problem). I mainly want good cooling and OCing on a GPU. Also you said Corsair low profile Vengeance. Would you say this is better memory over Gskill Ripjaws?

Thanks a ton for the help man :) 
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