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Best Motherboard for an i5 2500k sub $200

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February 14, 2012 12:43:30 AM

Can anyone suggest a good(or the best) motherboard in the sub $200 category that will support an i5 2500k? So far I have been looking at the ASUS P8P67 Deluxe and the P8P67 pro, but figured I would ask here first as I'm not entirely sure what to look for as far as manufacturers or chipsets. I currently utilize a PNY GTX 580 1.5gb, 6gb DDR 3 1333( but would like to upgrade to 1600, if anyone would chime in on that also), and a Corsair tx650w. Eventually I will SLI my GTX 580, so two PCIe x16 and adequate space are a must so no microATXs I would imagine. And yes, I will therefore need to upgrade my PSU. Most of the usage will be for gaming, but I will also be doing plenty of graphics work on it also(i.e, Illustrator, Photoshop, etc). Also, as of right now, I don't plan on overclocking my CPU much unless there are any strong arguments otherwise. Any suggestion are much appreciated!

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February 15, 2012 10:51:48 AM

alverdeja said:
Can anyone suggest a good(or the best) motherboard in the sub $200 category that will support an i5 2500k? So far I have been looking at the ASUS P8P67 Deluxe and the P8P67 pro, but figured I would ask here first as I'm not entirely sure what to look for as far as manufacturers or chipsets. I currently utilize a PNY GTX 580 1.5gb, 6gb DDR 3 1333( but would like to upgrade to 1600, if anyone would chime in on that also), and a Corsair tx650w. Eventually I will SLI my GTX 580, so two PCIe x16 and adequate space are a must so no microATXs I would imagine. And yes, I will therefore need to upgrade my PSU. Most of the usage will be for gaming, but I will also be doing plenty of graphics work on it also(i.e, Illustrator, Photoshop, etc). Also, as of right now, I don't plan on overclocking my CPU much unless there are any strong arguments otherwise. Any suggestion are much appreciated!



I suggest go to different online retailers like Newegg, Tigerdirect and Micro Center. Do you want Z68 chipset or P67 chipset motherboard? These motherboards are all LGA 1155 socket and compatible with i5 2500K. ASUS, Asrock, Gigabyte, MSI, EVGA, Biostar, ECS etc.. a lot of brands a lot versions and revisions. Read the reviews posted on each board and finally you will choose by yourself which one is good for your needs and in the end it is you who will decide, all we can do is to suggest but you are the deciding factor.
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February 19, 2012 9:49:11 AM

Thanks guys, I ended up going with a p8z68 pro gen 3. I actually didn't realize that anyone replied to my thread until just now as I thought I requested email notifications. Thank for the help though!
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February 19, 2012 9:55:14 AM

Now I kind of feel bad. Sorry everyone.
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February 19, 2012 10:08:30 AM

aqe040466 said:
I suggest go to different online retailers like Newegg, Tigerdirect and Micro Center. Do you want Z68 chipset or P67 chipset motherboard? These motherboards are all LGA 1155 socket and compatible with i5 2500K. ASUS, Asrock, Gigabyte, MSI, EVGA, Biostar, ECS etc.. a lot of brands a lot versions and revisions. Read the reviews posted on each board and finally you will choose by yourself which one is good for your needs and in the end it is you who will decide, all we can do is to suggest but you are the deciding factor.


Yes, I actually purchased from newegg. I got the board on sale for $199. After purchasing, though, I noticed they had the Sabertooths on sale for the same price. Should I have opted for the Sabertooth instead? The thermal covers seem appealing, but is that their sole benefit?
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February 19, 2012 1:24:03 PM

alverdeja said:
Yes, I actually purchased from newegg. I got the board on sale for $199. After purchasing, though, I noticed they had the Sabertooths on sale for the same price. Should I have opted for the Sabertooth instead? The thermal covers seem appealing, but is that their sole benefit?



The Asus Sabertooth? There is no much advantage of having those covers on the board, it only restricts the flow of heat coming out of the board, so for me its a disadvantage
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