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May 30, 2012 1:43:25 PM

I have shortlisted the intel i5 2500k processor for my gaming PC. Along with this, I plan to purchase a 4 GB RAM(4GB×1 and not 2×2 GB) and a 1TB HDD. I DO NOT WANT an SSD as I think of it quite unnecessary and costly and I do not need games to be loaded in the blink of an eye. Since it is a gaming PC I would like at least 4 USB ports through which I can use my external game controller. I also want the XFX AMD/ATI Radeon HD 6670 1 GB DDR3 Graphics Card for my PC.
Please suggest some motherboards in the price range of $50 to $65. The motherboard should meet my requirements and provide expected performance.
a b V Motherboard
May 30, 2012 2:07:04 PM

Wait you want to pair a 2500k with a 6670?That's kind of a waste especially considering your budget for a motherboard. At that price you would get something like this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... which does not support overclocking (making the ''K'' CPU a bad choice) nor SLI/Crossfire. It does however have 4 USB ports.
You would also benefit from 2x2GB instead of 1x4GB due to the dual channel technology.
I know you did not ask but I believe it would be better to spend less on either the CPU or the HDD and get a better GPU
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May 30, 2012 4:58:44 PM

akxpckwb said:
Wait you want to pair a 2500k with a 6670?That's kind of a waste especially considering your budget for a motherboard. At that price you would get something like this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... which does not support overclocking (making the ''K'' CPU a bad choice) nor SLI/Crossfire. It does however have 4 USB ports.
You would also benefit from 2x2GB instead of 1x4GB due to the dual channel technology.
I know you did not ask but I believe it would be better to spend less on either the CPU or the HDD and get a better GPU

Then should I go with i5 2500 or 2320??
Also is the Gigabyte GA-H61MA-D3V motherboard a better option in terms of price and performance??
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a b V Motherboard
May 30, 2012 9:05:26 PM

The i5 2500 will be enough for any of today's games. Regarding motherboard brands just take whatever you like. The differences are almost none and everyone has had good and bad experiences with all of them. Personally I avoid Biostar and ASRock but many people like them and they tend to be well recommended.
Anyway you should really get a better GPU.The 6670 is a bit outdated now and you probably will not like the performance it provides
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May 31, 2012 12:24:06 PM

No I do not think so. Motherboards do make a difference, for example,if I take any motherboard I won't be taking advantage of one of the main features of the Intel® Core™ i5-2500K; that is the ability to overclock the processor.
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a b V Motherboard
May 31, 2012 1:36:31 PM

akhr maybe I wasn't very clear. What I meant is that different brands to not matter that much however the chipset does. Given the same chipset the differences between brands aren't that much
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June 1, 2012 2:38:07 AM

So could you please suggest some motherboards which can support over clocking with the 2500K???
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a b V Motherboard
June 1, 2012 12:33:48 PM

Considering your budget it will be hard. The cheapest would be something like this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Maybe if you can find one within your price range if it's second handed. You will need either a P67 or a Z68 chipset the former being cheaper than the latter.
Any of those will have more features than a H61 chipset motherboard like I suggested earlier, the main points being able to overclock and use multiple GPU in SLI/Crossfire
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June 2, 2012 10:45:29 AM

akxpckwb said:
Considering your budget it will be hard. The cheapest would be something like this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Maybe if you can find one within your price range if it's second handed. You will need either a P67 or a Z68 chipset the former being cheaper than the latter.
Any of those will have more features than a H61 chipset motherboard like I suggested earlier, the main points being able to overclock and use multiple GPU in SLI/Crossfire



Can Biostar TZ77XE3 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 support my needs??
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a b V Motherboard
June 2, 2012 4:20:23 PM

That's a pretty good motherboard.It has everything you need and more.If you can afford it it would be a very good choice
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June 3, 2012 10:22:50 AM

akxpckwb said:
That's a pretty good motherboard.It has everything you need and more.If you can afford it it would be a very good choice


Which one will be the best among these??

Biostar TZ77XE3 LGA 1155 Intel Z77
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6GB/S USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
ASRock Z77 Extreme4
MSI Z77-GD55
Gigabyte GA-Z77A-D3H


Will it be better to stick to the biostar one????
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a b V Motherboard
June 3, 2012 10:43:12 AM

Z68
This chipset represents the pinnacle of Intel’s second-generation, mainstream Core processor platform (also known as Sandy Bridge). It combined the key features of the earlier P67 and H67 chipsets, as we have previously discussed. It supports splitting the main PCI-Express x16 connection into two x8 slots, allowing SLI or Crossfire functionality for improved gaming. It also allows for overclocking of select processors, and was the first Intel chipset to add Smart Response Technology – Intel’s fancy name for SSD caching of a traditional hard drive. Use of the onboard graphics on Intel’s Sandy Bridge processors is also supported, with up to two simultaneous monitor outputs.

Newer motherboards using this chipset have even been designed to be compatible with the upcoming third-gen Core processors; the Asus P8Z68-V Pro Gen3 is one such example. Those modified in this way claim to support PCI-Express 3.0, once equipped with a new 3rd-generation processor that supports the new standard.

Z77
This is the spiritual successor to Z68, with almost the exact same feature set. It has everything Z68 does and then some. For example, USB 3.0 has been integrated into the chipset; four USB 3.0 ports can be powered in this way, along with several of the older USB 2.0 ports. That means an add-on controller chip is no longer required, though many motherboards will still have one so that they can sport more than four USB 3.0 ports. SSD caching, overclocking, dual PCI-Express x8 slots, etc are all still available as well.

Another aspect of the chipset that has been improved is the support for onboard graphics. Once the matching 3rd-generation processors are out, motherboards will be able to offer three simultaneous monitor outputs instead of just two. Onboard graphics will also be faster, but both of those are functions of the newer processors; when paired with older Sandy Bridge CPUs, the speed will be the same as Z68 and the number of monitors supported at a time will still be two.

This is basically the difference between the Z77 and Z68 chipsets. Any of the two will be more than enough for you with the Z68 being the cheapest. Now it's up to you to decide if you want the pay the extra for the Z77
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