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What intel motherboard goes best with Core i7-2600k?

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January 22, 2012 4:41:34 PM

I'm looking for the best intel motherboard for the core i7-2600k. I'm thinking P67 extreme series goes best with it. but when i search for the actual price online many kinds of model comes up. is DP67BG board the same with BOXDP67BGB3 or BLKDP67 something? and where can i buy the cheapest and most reliable source online? thanks in advance.
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January 22, 2012 5:24:52 PM

Welcome to Tom's Forum! :) 

Currently, either a P67 or Z68 Intel Chipset MOBO is the minimum requirement. From there it gets more complicated, it depends on your 'target' aka desired OC 'GHz'. For 4.0GHz~4.5GHz I recommend a minimum of an 8 Phase MOBO, and >4.5GHz a 12 Phase minimum.

In general, Intel produces poor LGA 1155 overclocking MOBOs, and some of their P67 have lacked the basic settings e.g. CPU Ratio/Multiplier to even allow any overclocking.

Buying depends on your location, in North America (USA and Canada) most folks use http://www.newegg.com/ - its a highly rated and very consumer friendly site.

Here's some of my frequent recommendations in a side-by-side -> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...
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January 22, 2012 5:53:21 PM

^ This.

Intel motherboards are generally very poor at overclocking. Since you are getting a K model processor I assume you will overclock it.

To add to the Asus boards listed by Jaquith I would include Gigabyte P67/Z68 boards and ASrock and MSI P67/Z68 boards.

Here is a great budget Z68 board comparison.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/z68xp-ud3-dz68db,29...
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January 22, 2012 7:03:55 PM

Is this going be a big gaming build? If you want a board that'll handle multiple high-end graphics cards, the situation'll be a little different.
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