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December 30, 2011 10:57:50 PM

Some help and a few questions
Hello. I am putting together a new build for gaming and multitasking but don't need am i7, I'm going with the i5 2500k with a z68 or a P67/8 Mobo. I plan on overclocking. Problem is, I don't know which board is better for overclocking and the product descriptions seem rather confusing these are the two I was looking at:
Z68:
Gigabyte Z68A-D3H-B3 Intel Z68 Motherboard - ATX, Socket H2 (LGA1155), Intel Z68 Express, 2133MHz DDR3, SATA 6.0 Gb/s, RAID, 7.1-CH Audio, Intel HD Graphics, Gigabit LAN, SuperSpeed USB 3.0 at TigerDirect.com
P model:
MSI P67A-GD65 B3 Intel P67 Motherboard - ATX, Socket H2 (LGA1155), Intel P67 Express, DDR3 2133MHz (O.C.), SATA 6.0 Gb/s, Gigabit LAN, CrossFire/SLI Ready, USB 3.0 at TigerDirect.com

I want a board with 3 PCI E 16X slots for 550 ti's in SLI. And maybe a third card depending on where I want to go.

Is either board better than the other?

Also, Im on a budget so I'm trying to keep the Mobo under $150-160. Want a good board with great features and awesome quality with as many bells and whistles as I can without spending $200+. I know this may seem like a pain and if its too out there let me know.

Thank you very much in advance,
Danny

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December 30, 2011 11:04:28 PM

Ok... a few things to tackle.

First the overclock problem (or non-problem). When talking about 1155 pretty much all motherboards have performed the same in overclocking regards. So, it's really just a matter of finding a board that supports the features you're looking for.

Second. There are no 1155 boards that support 3 x16 lanes. 1155 only has 20 pci-e lanes by default and this can be doubled if you get a motherboard with the NF200 chip. So, the maximum you can have is x16/x16/x8.

Third. The 550 can only support 2 cards in SLI due to it only having one SLI bridge. In order to move up to 3/4 SLI you'd have to jump to the 570/580.

Now for some good news. Unless you plan on running nVidia Surround (multimonitors) x8 lanes are good enough. Really. So if you want to stick with 2x 550 just find any motherboard that supports x8/x8 and you'll be good to go.
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