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Which board for my i5-2500k?

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May 26, 2012 2:29:41 PM

I am currently building a new PC for gaming/streaming and need a little bit of help on which mobo to purchase. I am really set on the i5-2500k processor and have been reading a ton of information about the different boards. I do not plan on upgrading anytime soon or need anything for IvyBridge. I was thinking about a p67 since I do not plan on using the integrated graphics. I do not need SLI/Crossfire. I am just curious about which board to actually get. I will list what I will be planning to do here:

2 hard drives (1 SSD with a HDD or 2 HDD)
1 video card
2x4g RAM
Overclock the processor
Stream games @ 720p

Just looking for a really solid board for something like that. My price range is around $150-$175 if that helps. Any kind of response would be greatly appreciated :)  been running in circles trying to find something

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a c 328 V Motherboard
May 26, 2012 3:14:49 PM

For this price $139.99, u will not find a better mobo.

And its bellow the budget of yours -> $150-$175

BTW, I have the board, and it OC'd to 4.9GHz stable.
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May 26, 2012 5:15:27 PM

nikorr said:
For this price $139.99, u will not find a better mobo.

And its bellow the budget of yours -> $150-$175

BTW, I have the board, and it OC'd to 4.9GHz stable.


Ok I'm sold on the board :)  Sorry for the worry about it (came across some bad reviews) and recommended is p67 if I don't want IB or the onboard GPU. Is there anything else you would recommend for it? Sorry for the hassle...nervous first time build. Thanks
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a c 328 V Motherboard
May 26, 2012 5:31:46 PM

It is a fast mobo, stable, works as I like it - no issues. IB compatible. Runs cool.

And the price is right. Bluetooth is built in too. I used this mobo for couple of builds and worked great. No complaints, so far. I like ASUS and Gigabyte mobos.

For the SB CPU's I used only ASUS and ASrock.

UEFI BIOS (EZ Mode) - Flexible & Easy BIOS Interface - I like that too. Step up from the BIOS.

ASUS Digital Power Design : - Industry leading Digital 16 Phase Power Design

(12 -phase for CPU, 4 -phase for iGPU)

http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/P8Z6...
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a c 328 V Motherboard
May 26, 2012 5:37:35 PM

The mobo itself looks good with all that passive cooling.

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a c 328 V Motherboard
May 26, 2012 5:38:39 PM

And Z68 is as good as P67.

With more features.
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a c 328 V Motherboard
May 26, 2012 5:41:46 PM

And it comes with OEM Norton AV if needed : ) Free for year.
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May 26, 2012 6:30:21 PM

I do not want the Pro one correct?
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a c 328 V Motherboard
May 26, 2012 6:36:34 PM

Correct.
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a c 328 V Motherboard
May 27, 2012 1:16:50 AM

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May 27, 2012 4:33:04 PM

Everything you listed is ordered and on the way :)  Thank you Nikorr for all your help! I really appreciate it :)  Now to get it all together and hope for no hang ups lol. I will come back to this post after I complete it :D  thank you so much
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a c 328 V Motherboard
May 27, 2012 4:34:21 PM

Cool : )
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May 27, 2012 4:40:52 PM

saved the page to favorites ;)  thanks again...will probably be using it that's for sure lol
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a c 328 V Motherboard
May 27, 2012 4:42:04 PM

That page is needed :D 
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May 27, 2012 6:49:10 PM

ok I'm sold :p 
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May 27, 2012 6:53:10 PM

thank you by the way :D 
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a c 328 V Motherboard
May 27, 2012 7:11:49 PM

You're welcome!
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May 28, 2012 4:28:59 PM

I have one more question :p  on the Asus board, how many fans can it support? I just ordered the Antec 300 case and it comes with two Antec TriCool fans in the rear and I ordered two 120mm fans for the front of the case (79CFM@max).
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May 31, 2012 3:19:32 PM

Everything arrived except the memory. Figured out that I don't want a 1TB HDD, would rather use it for storage. Thinking of getting a good HDD or SSD. The problem I now encounter is buying a nice HDD for boot/load times is almost ridiculous considering an SSD will cost you the same price...might as well go with the SSD. Thoughts?
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a c 328 V Motherboard
May 31, 2012 3:23:48 PM

I have a slower and older generation of that drive and it is very fast.

If u never had one, it will knock your socks off.
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a c 328 V Motherboard
May 31, 2012 6:12:23 PM

It could be included in the case.

Some cases have screw less bracket.

Radioshack will have them, or any other Hobby store : ) Or Bestbuy.
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May 31, 2012 6:26:10 PM

not a screwless bracket :(  it slides around..yeah the case manual says to use screws from your optical drive product. But, the case did come with a bunch of screws for mobo and PSU mounting, looks like there is extras though. I'm going to go ahead and just mount the mobo and PSU and see whats left over for hardware. If not I'll hit up those places for them :p  thanks for the help!
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a c 328 V Motherboard
May 31, 2012 7:31:40 PM

So use just 2 screws and add the others latter, when u will go get them.
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May 31, 2012 8:47:56 PM

Just got the Mobo, optical drive, PSU, and HDD in it. The case has tons of extra screws lol. Was able to get the optical in just fine :D  Some people were telling me to build the mobo outside of the case as much as I can but I really think that is very tedious..going for in case build.
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a c 328 V Motherboard
May 31, 2012 8:51:56 PM

No, don't do that.

If something will not work, u will have to take it out : ) All of it!

I know its tempting, but u don't even have a RAM at the moment.

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a c 328 V Motherboard
May 31, 2012 8:53:54 PM

U need to do to put mobo on the box it came in, insert the RAM,

plug in the PSU 8pin+24pin cables and check if it boots into the BIOS.

EDIT: Don't forget to install the CPU+CPU cooler : )
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a c 328 V Motherboard
May 31, 2012 8:54:34 PM

If it does, go right ahead, to the case install.
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May 31, 2012 8:58:35 PM

do i have to have a screen hooked up to it?
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a c 328 V Motherboard
May 31, 2012 9:03:22 PM

Yes, u need to see this screen : )

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a c 328 V Motherboard
May 31, 2012 9:05:22 PM

And don't touch the mobo and CPU on the pins.

Don't short the parts, always touch metal on the case, before u touch the parts!!!

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May 31, 2012 9:10:05 PM

yeah ive been actually touching the case everytime lol..super paranoid D: i have touched the mobo on the edges but have never touched the surfaces
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a c 328 V Motherboard
May 31, 2012 9:13:24 PM

That's the way it should be.

And when applying the thermal paste on the CPU,

don't touch the flat area with bare hand.
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May 31, 2012 10:57:11 PM

ok everything is set up and waiting for RAM to come...

Also, thanks for recommending that board. That thing is beautiful!
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a c 328 V Motherboard
May 31, 2012 11:04:55 PM

It sucks, when u have to wait, doesn't it? : )
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May 31, 2012 11:06:45 PM

yeah LOL
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June 1, 2012 3:32:00 PM

Any reason I should get an NIC? instead of using the stock one on the board?
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June 1, 2012 9:00:52 PM

ok i got the mobo hooked up to the PSU with the memory installed. i used a paper clip on the PSU for it to run. The mobo isnt showing any power to it with the 8 pin connector plugged in at the top of the board. do i have to have the case plugged into the mobo? also i have pressed the power button on the mobo with no results.
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a c 328 V Motherboard
June 1, 2012 9:03:54 PM

U need to plug in the 24pin too.
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