Hi guys, recently decided to replace my motherboard and CPU for gaming; definitely getting a i5 2500k but currently debating which motherboard to get. My current hardware are as follows;
RAM:2GBx4=8GB Gskill Ram [Latency 7] GPU:MSI 6850 1GB PSU:750W Corsair Enthusiast Series Case:Antec P280 HDD: Western Digital Black 750GB
Budget:$100-150ish [Unsure what I need] *Please keep in mind I'm more focused on what I need than want; I don't mind getting a cheaper motherboard with less features if it's a solid buy; i.e good hardware quality. I will be overclocking the CPU to 3.7Ghz max; I know ppl have gotten it to 4.0Ghz stable on air but I would prefer to keep it within safe limitations with my OCing skills considered. *Will be upgrading my GPU during xmas time, still a long way to go.
There is a open box Asus Maximus with a missing I/O shield at my local store that's giving a 10% discount or a free 1 year in-store exchange for $169.99+tax before the $30 rebate. I have called Asus inadvance to confirm that if I do buy the mobo, they can mail me a I/O shield for free. Currently unsure if I should invest the extra money into the Asus motherboard or save my money and go with the MUCH cheaper yet solid MSI motherboard. Any suggestions/comments would be greatly appreciated! Thanks for reading! I live in Canada so I do prefer to buy my hardware from; www.Canadacomputers.com or www.NCIX.ca
Edit: Added gigabyte Motherboard that poped up on CC's weekend sale
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I go for the MSI. Never had any trouble with those MSI motherboards. And the Gigabyte is an FM1 motherboard (or perhaps you pasted the wrong link) so drop it from your list.
Id go with msi as well . cheaper at the same time too