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January 15, 2012 5:05:58 PM

Hey guys

here i am having desided to get a 2500k aprox 230$ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and now for this build im using a small case so ill need a micro atx motherboard, looked at some and didnt like any thing much besides the ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

but its rather expensive :( 

any suggestions my budget is around 350-400 dollar and ill need the following

--i5 2500k 230$

--motherboard ???$

--cooler(seeing as ill overclock it to 4.5 or so ill need a cooler will a Hyper 212 do it? or watercooling corsair h60?

anyone made a micro 2500k build before and how far did you overlock it? :D 



a c 716 V Motherboard
January 15, 2012 6:13:03 PM

The ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z 'is my one and only' m/u/ATX for LGA 1155, the distant next runner up is the EVGA Z68 SLI Micro. The problem is the vast majority of small form factor MOBO simply lack good power (Phases) to the CPU.

No magic bunny to pull out, bite the bullet and get the ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z IF you really MUST have that size.
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a c 195 V Motherboard
January 15, 2012 6:22:13 PM

You do realize that a big air cooler is not going to fit an a Micro ATX case right? And in general Micro ATX cases are not designed to put overclocked builds in. You will have a harder time cooling a smaller case overall since you can not run as many fans as a larger case.
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a c 716 V Motherboard
January 15, 2012 6:36:28 PM

HSF -it depends on the case which the OP didn't post. About the only IMO real use for m/u/ATX is HTCP, or LAN Party PC. So there's no way to 'guess' the best HSF.

The OP needs to post their case...

Regarding ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z OC'ing 5GHz but no guarantees (good/bad i5-2500K); see -> http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/motherboards/2011/07/1...
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January 15, 2012 7:00:50 PM

anort3 said:
You do realize that a big air cooler is not going to fit an a Micro ATX case right? And in general Micro ATX cases are not designed to put overclocked builds in. You will have a harder time cooling a smaller case overall since you can not run as many fans as a larger case.


Unless, if you build your own case...
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a c 195 V Motherboard
January 15, 2012 8:11:13 PM

A Bad Day said:
Unless, if you build your own case...


facepalm

Cause so many people out there do that. :sarcastic: 
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