Intel CPU and Motherboard combo help requested

I am thinking of switching to Intel from my low end AMD CPU. I would like some help on choosing a good CPU/mobo combo to fit my gaming needs. I have two Radeon 6850's that I would like to have run with the set up as well. So what I need help with the most is deciding what Intel CPU and Motherboard would go well with the Crossfired graphics cards. Keep in mind that I am not shooting for the most high end gear here, I am mostly just trying to get the most out of my graphics cards at a good price. I am also kind of preparing for Battlefield 3 and such. I am sorry if this seems a little rushed, I am writing this minutes before I have to leave for work :P. Your help is much appreciated.
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  1. Do you plan on overclocking?

    What's your budget for mobo/cpu?
  2. Its very hard to recommend any other Intel chip over their i5-2500k at the moment.
  3. ASUS P8P67-M PRO
    i5-2500
    if not OC'ing
  4. I was looking to only spend about $350. I don't plan on doing any extreme overclocking., if any.
    I'm at work so it will be a little while til I can look up that gear.
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  6. It might be cheaper to just buy a new amd cpu, a 955 can handle those 6850s. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103808

    But if you want to go intel, here's another combo.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.660241
  7. So it seems the i5 2500 is the best value. What do you guys think of the i5 2400? Is it a viable option compared to the 2500?

    Are the boards, you guys linked, what you would recommend for my set up?
    To me, the motherboard is the hardest thing to buy :( Sooooooo many mixed reviews. It's hard to feel confident, nah mean?
  8. What do you all think of http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128498 ?
    Paired with a i5 2500k, of course.
  9. I ended up going with the one I linked cause I got it with a i5 2500k at Micro center for $322. They took off $40 on the mobo cause I paired with the the CPU (i think), and the CPU was only $180 but I had to drive there to pick them up. When I found out I could get that $40 off I went with the spendier one and I'm not gonna lie, I kinda liked the that it was black. Haha. Thanks for your suggestions and such. They are much appreciated.
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