I'm getting the i5 2500k and there is a 50 dollar off Mobo deal in microcenter. I'm going to get this tomorrow. I already have a Seasonic x750 gold+ psu and a HAF 922 case. I plan on using radeon hd 6950 crossfire or gtx 560 ti SLI. Idk which graphics card to get. Does a 1gb gtx 560 ti and a 1gb 6950 have a huge difference in performance? I'm leaning towards the gtx 560 ti for better driver support.
First: what is your budget? Second: many mobos that are not certified as SLI/Xfire mobos are capable of doing SLI/Xfire. The certification takes some time and resources for the OEM to obtain. My mobo is not SLI certified and it performs like a champ.
I can't make a recommendation until you tell us your budget and whether you will use 1/2/3/4 Gfx cards. I assume that you intend no more than dual GPUs but ....
This one is $99.99 with rebate and supports crossfire and SLI. It also has two 5/5 ratings from previous buyers whom both recommend it so it seems to please buyers.
There is only one other board at a similar price and it is not recommended by the previous buyer and it has fewer features. It is also $99.99.
BTW, I do this with Frys, my only local store. They match almost everything, from Amazon to Newegg.
I have a Frys near me too actually. But, If you didn't know, the reason I am buying from microcenter is because they have a 50 dollar off deal, so that 150 dollar mobo is 100 bucks, but I will give them a call and see if they will go even lower. Thanks, I thought only Wal-mart did that lol.
I am in the exact situation and am losing sleep trying to decide on a mobo . I plan to go to Micro Center (Northern VA / Fairfax) next week while visiting my parents and want to take advantage of the $50 promo. I was originally set on getting this motherboard:
I also don't plan to overclock at least initially and am looking more for stability / reliability. Does anyone have experience with these boards good or bad? I was originally considering the Gigabyte boards but noticed some reboot cycle issues in a lot of the Newegg reviews. If anyone has suggestions for another board in this same price range (sub $160), I'm all ears. Thanks!