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What motherboard should I choose? (for i5 2500k)

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April 27, 2012 6:44:48 PM

Hello there :) 
I'm not really an expert when it comes to mobos,so I decided I should ask the community for help in choosing a suitable motherboard.
I'm currently using the following:

Motherboard: ASRock N68-GS
Processor: AMD Athlon II X2 250
Memory: 3 GB DDR2
GPU: ATI Radeon HD 6870 1GB
HDD: Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000.C (1000GB)
Power Suppy: 500W

I want to build a good gaming PC and I stopped at the following changes for the moment:

Motherboard: TBD
Processor: Intel Core i5 2500k
Memory: 8GB (2x4GB) DD3 Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz
GPU: ATI Radeon HD 6870 1GB
HDD: Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000.C (1000GB)
Power Suppy: 500W

I'm not interested in Crossfire/SLI and I'm thinking of overclocking the cpu to 4,2 GHz. The price mustn't exceed 300$.
If you have any recommendations for a motherboard that suits that cpu, please share them and tell me what are their pros and cons.

Thank you for taking your time to read (and maybe answer? :D ) my question :) 

P.S.: Is that psu going to be enough to handle the new setup?





a b V Motherboard
April 28, 2012 12:28:58 AM

ASrock Extreme 3 Gen3 ---Newegg's customers choice for Z68/PCIE 3.0 support/only $125. That PSU will be on the edge =\
a b V Motherboard
April 28, 2012 12:46:55 AM

If it's a good 500watt psu, it'll probaly be fine. If it's a cheapo, then no.
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April 30, 2012 8:37:01 AM

Thank you for the replies! Both of you gave me useful answers.
I looked at the motherboard that constepatdyak recommended, it's 160$ in my country but what I'm concerned about is if it's compatible with all the components that I listed above.

P.S.: So if this PSU (probably) won't handle it, do you have any suggestions for a new one that will be suitable?
Also since I said that I'll be overclocking (not at the very beginning,but later on) could you recommend a good heatsink for the cpu?

Thanks for the replies once more! :) 
a b V Motherboard
April 30, 2012 2:52:55 PM

Any PSU by Antec, Corsair or Seasonic that's rated between 500 and 650 watts should be enough to handle any single GPU setup. The most important thing is to look at the amps on the 12volt rail(s) If it's 38 amps or greater, it will be fine.

As far as heatsinks, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Seems to get a universal thumbs up.
Myself, I purchased a http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... same design and I have no compaints.
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