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March 10, 2011 8:04:43 PM

Okay, so the title says it all. I have already all the parts for my new build, but havn't gotten a motherboard because the recall with intel. Anyways, here is a list of my parts I have already purchased, and just need some advice on the motherboard, aswell if there is any issues with this build.

Case,
Antec 900
Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU,
Intel Core i7 2600K
Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler,
Corsair H70
Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU,
XFX HD 6870
Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM,
Corsair Vengeance 8GB
Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU,
Corsair 750W HX
Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive,
WD 1TB Caviar Black
Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor,
Samsung BX2350 23"
Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard
???

So that is what I have sofar, and just need some guidance on a mobo. I am thinking about the ASUS P8P67 B3 Intel P67. Also, since the parts have been recently ordered, I still can refund them, but is there anything that could be improved/upgraded with this? Pricing isn't much of a problem, but I dont want to overdue it.
March 11, 2011 12:17:20 PM

Hello pieragon;

This is a gaming machine?

You might have spent too much on a CPU cooler and PSU for just a single video card.
Since you already have the parts there is no reason to pay extra to send anything back and pay a restocking fee, if any applies.
But assuming you plan to get a 2nd HD 6850 or two future video cards you're OK.

You will probably want two HD 6850 video cards in Crossfire with your 23" 1920x1080 LCD monitor if you want the ultra high graphics settings in the most demanding games.

With that in mind your top motherboard choices would include:
ASUS P8P67 PRO / ASRock P67 Extreme4 / Gigabyte P67-UD4
March 11, 2011 12:45:24 PM

Hi WR2,

Thanks for the reply.

I actually do plan on running Crossfire when money permits, and plan on doing a fair bit of overclocking with the CPU. This is indeed a gaming machine, and currently am not playing any super demanding games, but I know of a few titles that arn't released yet which I would love to play at higher settings.

Secondly, I am not a guru with differentiating between different parts. While I get the jist of things, I still rely very heavily on reviews. With that in mind, I am not sure of the differences between the 3 motherboards you listed. Any insight on the boards and which would be the better option? I am currently leaning towards the ASUS P8P67 PRO at the moment.

Thanks
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March 11, 2011 12:54:15 PM
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They're all roughly equivalent in features and performance. The Asrock board might show up around $20-$30 less.
THG: P67 Motherboard Roundup: Nine $150-200 Boards
March 11, 2011 2:10:18 PM

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