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
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
Edit: Added gigabyte Motherboard that poped up on CC's weekend sale