AS OF RIGHT NOW.....

what is the best mobo in the 100-130 buck range? What's up fellow pale people!? I'm building a cheap gaming PC for BF3 and Diablo of course. Trying to make all the right moves and I think I have so far. Here's my frankenstein....

Just bought:
i5 - 2500k
Ripjaw series 8G DDR3 1600
Radeon Sapphire 6850 1Gig
H60 Water cooling


About to buy:
Corsair 600w (suggestions for a better 600w I'm open to)


Don't know if I should buy:
ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 Intel Z68 ATX DDR3 1066 Intel


I need still:
A good mid-size case that isn't really heavy or huge.
A 128GB SSD


Sooooo the thing that's rubbing my muffin is the fact that the ASRock isn't Crossfire capable. Or else I would get that. I want to keep the mobo as close to 100 as possible. Ideas?
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  1. Go with this one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271 It's the ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3.
  2. Is it me or is this the same Mobo I was talking about? Maybe not cause this one does xfire, the one I saw via amazon said 1 pci-e. Hmmmm....I think will grab this one. Thank you kind sir.
  3. ASRock Z77 Extreme4

    www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293
  4. ASRock Z77 Extreme4

    www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293
  5. otisflick said:
    Is it me or is this the same Mobo I was talking about? Maybe not cause this one does xfire, the one I saw via amazon said 1 pci-e. Hmmmm....I think will grab this one. Thank you kind sir.


    It's a different one, but the one that THE UNKNOWN posted is fine, too (although not necessarily needed for a 2500K).
  6. Quote:
    EXTREME

    You should've bought a 3570k and Z77 mobo by the way.



    Well I literally just made the purchase, I guess I could cancel. But please explain why?
  7. otisflick said:
    Well I literally just made the purchase, I guess I could cancel. But please explain why?


    Newest of the new tech. Beyond that, not much reason. PCIe 3.0 is basically pointless for now, and the Extreme3 Gen3 can do that with a 3570K anyway.
  8. "As a gamer there's little reason to pay more for Intel's Core i5-3570K instead of the i5-2500K. However, it is worth noting that the third-gen Core processor features a lower TDP and includes 16 lanes of PCI Express 3.0 connectivity. If you're buying a 7-series motherboard and Radeon HD 7000- or GeForce GTX 600-series graphics card anyway, enabling a faster connection between the CPU and GPU might be an important check-list feature (even if it isn't an important performance consideration).

    As far as overclocking is concerned, you should be able to hit similar clock rates on the Core i5-3570K as Sandy Bridge-based CPUs, though you may need to live with higher temperatures, as Ivy Bridge runs notoriously warmer.
    Read our review of the Ivy Bridge-based CPUs here." - Tom's


    This doesn't convince me BTW. Why would I pay more for something that isn't an "important performance consideration."??
  9. Like I said above, there's really no good reason other than it's newer. When PCIe 3.0 becomes useful, having a 3570K would be preferable, but that's quite a bit away from happening.
  10. Hah sorry, I hit submit about the same time you posted that on mine. You make a valid point. butttttt when 3.0 becomes useful I'm sure I won't even care about it at that time. I think I'll stick with what I got. :)
  11. Ex4 supports upto 2800 [ oc ] + 4 x SATA3 6.0 Gb/s
  12. Yup. Changed the order, ex4 it is.
  13. IB:SB HD4000:HD3000

    Case:

    www.tomshardware.com/reviews/mana-136-midgard-ii-phantom-410,3203.html
  14. COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO

    www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099

    Noctua NH-D14

    www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608018

    CORSAIR H100 (CWCH100) Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler

    www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181017
  15. CORSAIR Professional Series HX750

    www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139010

    CORSAIR Gaming Series GS700

    www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139024

    Crucial RealSSD C300

    www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148348
  16. All good stuff but all a little pricy for my ghetto game box. I'm thinking 60ish for power, 100ish for SSD. Do you think I can get away with a 600watt power plant with my setup?

    Also, the box of choice out of that list for me would be the phantom 410, even though it's a 20lb b1tch.
  17. Go with COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO instead H60

    Yeah 600w +1
  18. CORSAIR Builder Series CX600

    www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139028

    Antec EarthWatts EA-650 GREEN 650W

    www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371044
  19. Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2

    www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148442
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