Upgrading to an i5 2500k, need some advice.

Im currently still on a stock q6600, looking to upgrade to an i5 2500k but i am not sure which mobo to get.


My max budget is $500 for the cpu, mobo, and 8gb of ram, but im looking to spend 100-150 on the mobo.

Im not looking to overclock right away, but it is an option for me in the future. I may also evently consider crossfire for my 5850. On board audio isnt an issue, i have a hardware audio interface for music production already.

Thanks for any suggestions on motherboards and ram. i dont have ny brand preferances.
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  1. csquared587 said:
    Im currently still on a stock q6600, looking to upgrade to an i5 2500k but i am not sure which mobo to get.


    My max budget is $500 for the cpu, mobo, and 8gb of ram, but im looking to spend 100-150 on the mobo.

    Im not looking to overclock right away, but it is an option for me in the future. I may also evently consider crossfire for my 5850. On board audio isnt an issue, i have a hardware audio interface for music production already.

    Thanks for any suggestions on motherboards and ram. i dont have ny brand preferances.


    GA-Z68XP-UD3 $149
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128512

    i5-2500k $219
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072
    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) $69
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231445

    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus $25.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065&Tpk=Hyper%20212%20Plus
    $149
    $219
    $69
    $26
    -------
    $463
    This will give you an awesome foundation - I would overclock from the "get-go"
    -Bruce
  2. How about this, slightly cheaper.

    G.SKILL Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231461

    ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271

    Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

    394.97

    About the same performance wise as what you listed? I already have that cooler, so its ready to be overclocked when I am.
  3. ASUS P868 V LX
    AT MICRO CENTER
    At micro center there a combo deal
    intel 15 2500k for 179$ an the mobo asus p868 vlx is 84$
    HYPER 212 PLUS
  4. i just bought it on the 6th micro center .com
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