Choosing a MB with socket 1155

Hey guys, I'm upgrading my PC, and getting an i7 2600 or a i5 2500.


But I don't know a good motherboard. My PC is 90% for hardcore gaming, with ultrahigh settings. My GPU is an ATI HD 5870.

And I want an Asus MB.

Preferably with USB 3.0, and the new Sata.

So, what you people recommend?
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  1. First decide if you have any real need to go Z68 .... this should help you decide.

    http://www.ukgamingcomputers.co.uk/difference-between-h67-p67-z68-and-h61-chipsets-a-22.html

    If ya stay w/ P67, the P8P67 pro or WS Revolution are my most oft used choices:

    Save another $15 buying with the CPU ina combo

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.797212
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.797221

    If ya want Z68, this is my most used board

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131790
  2. For gaming the best cpu 2500k : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072
    If you don do SLI or Crossfire this board is good :
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131781
    If you wanna have the option for sli or crossfire then this will be fine :
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131729
    if you want PCIE 3.0 : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131792
  3. Does the PCIE 3.0 really makes any difference? I guess for me doesn't, cause my GPU is an HD 5870, and when I bought it was 2.0, the 3.0 not even existed.
  4. I guess I don't need a H67, since I already got my videocard. And after reading about the Z68, It looks a little redundant, so I think the P67 is the best for me, since I will never use Crossfire, and I don't overclock. What you guys think?

    What's the best ones with P67?
    I think it's that Sabertooth one, right?
  5. PCIe 3.0 makes no difference unless you upgrade (file-13/sell) your SB CPU AND HD 5870; you'd need a PCIe 3.0 CPU IB (Ivy Bridge AND NEW GPU that's PCIe 3.0). The reality is it will be years before ANY GPU fully saturates PCIe 2.0 x8 and considerably further in the future to saturate PCIe 2.0 x16.

    Next the 1st PCIe has a direct link to the CPU, meaning the PCIe 3.0 'switch' only helps the 2nd/3rd/etc GPUs, and the 1st GPU can run at PCIe 3.0 so the help is for CF/SLI configurations with 2 or more GPUs.

    The P67 is often faster for SATA/USB/Gaming, but lacks Quick Sync (MPEG-2/4/H.264 output) and SSD Caching which IMO is a waste -- get a 128GB+ dedicated SSD (OS, Apps, Working data).

    That said, look for a 12 or higher Phase MOBO IF you opt for either the i5-2500K or i7-2600K aka 'K' CPU for OC'ing. IF you don't want to OC then Phases really don't help.

    Q - What exact CPU?
    Q - Do you plan on replacing both the CPU and GPU?
    Q - Do you plan on CF/SLI aka use multiple GPUs?
  6. jaquith said:
    PCIe 3.0 makes no difference unless you upgrade (file-13/sell) your SB CPU AND HD 5870; you'd need a PCIe 3.0 CPU IB (Ivy Bridge AND NEW GPU that's PCIe 3.0). The reality is it will be years before ANY GPU fully saturates PCIe 2.0 x8 and considerably further in the future to saturate PCIe 2.0 x16.

    Next the 1st PCIe has a direct link to the CPU, meaning the PCIe 3.0 'switch' only helps the 2nd/3rd/etc GPUs, and the 1st GPU can run at PCIe 3.0 so the help is for CF/SLI configurations with 2 or more GPUs.

    The P67 is often faster for SATA/USB/Gaming, but lacks Quick Sync (MPEG-2/4/H.264 output) and SSD Caching which IMO is a waste -- get a 128GB+ dedicated SSD (OS, Apps, Working data).

    That said, look for a 12 or higher Phase MOBO IF you opt for either the i5-2500K or i7-2600K aka 'K' CPU for OC'ing. IF you don't want to OC then Phases really don't help.

    Q - What exact CPU?
    Q - Do you plan on replacing both the CPU and GPU?
    Q - Do you plan on CF/SLI aka use multiple GPUs?


    1) Choosing between i7 2600 or i2500, non K
    2) No, I'll stay with my HD 5870, replacing only CPU, MOBO and Memory
    3) No, I don't plan to do CF
  7. Then IMO either the
    ASUS P8Z68-V LE http://usa.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/P8Z68V_LE/#specifications
    ASUS P8Z68-V LX http://usa.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/P8Z68V_LX/#specifications

    The primary differences are the audio, DVI-D, and USB. They're both good for non-K CPUs, but not so much for OC which doesn't seem to be a requirement.

    IMO the K for a few bucks more is the better option since it's EASY to OC SB and the +$20 + HSF cost adds performance and some spice of 'life' aka fun.
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