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What's the best i5-2500k motherboard?

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August 4, 2012 5:19:21 PM

I'm looking for a motherboard that has an LGA 1155 socket for my cpu that could run 2-3 ati 7970 cards. I'd also like a built in wireless card, bluetooth, 6gb/s ports and usb 3.0 ports. I'd be comfortable at $200 or less, but would spend up to $250 if necessary for the features. I'd also like to know if a board like this is possible with my case or if I need to change cases.

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a c 137 V Motherboard
August 4, 2012 5:33:13 PM

This is the only one I could find in that general price range that fits all of those qualifications. GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H-WB LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $209.99

The 3 x16 PCIe slots are x16, x8, x4, so you can do 3-Way CF with the 7970's (but not 3-Way SLI)

It's a normal size ATX board, so it'll fit in your case just fine, since you're using an ATX board now (a bit smaller than normal ATX, I know, because I have a P8Z68-V LE myself, but that doesn't really matter as far as this is concerned).

Do you REALLY NEED the built in wireless and BT, though? Built in BT is just about useless anyway, and there are MANY options for wireless that are better than ANYTHING built in to a motherboard.
August 4, 2012 5:39:11 PM

DJDeCiBeL said:
This is the only one I could find in that general price range that fits all of those qualifications. GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H-WB LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $209.99

Do you REALLY NEED the built in wireless and BT, though? Built in BT is just about useless anyway, and there are MANY options for wireless that are better than ANYTHING built in to a motherboard.


I realize that you can use dongles, as I have to with my current setup I just figured that having them integrated would yield better performance and not take up any usb slots. If this isn't the case I'd be fine with a different motherboard. Thanks for the reply.
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a c 137 V Motherboard
August 4, 2012 5:47:39 PM

Exile1993 said:
I realize that you can use dongles, as I have to with my current setup I just figured that having them integrated would yield better performance and not take up any usb slots. If this isn't the case I'd be fine with a different motherboard. Thanks for the reply.


I added some edits to my original reply, so be sure to read those as well, but in general, built-in wireless and BT on mobo's is pretty terrible. I have no idea about how what that Gigabyte board has performs, though, so it may be ok, I just don't personally think it's worth the extra cost.

This is my recommendation that includes everything but the wireless and BT. ASRock Z77 Extreme6 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $179.99

If you can deal with just 2-Way CF (since 3 7970's is getting a bit overkill for most things), THIS is my ultimate recommendation, though. ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $134.99
August 4, 2012 6:01:46 PM

DJDeCiBeL said:
I added some edits to my original reply, so be sure to read those as well, but in general, built-in wireless and BT on mobo's is pretty terrible. I have no idea about how what that Gigabyte board has performs, though, so it may be ok, I just don't personally think it's worth the extra cost.

This is my recommendation that includes everything but the wireless and BT. ASRock Z77 Extreme6 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $179.99

If you can deal with just 2-Way CF (since 3 7970's is getting a bit overkill for most things), THIS is my ultimate recommendation, though. ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $134.99


Ok thanks for the input and saving me money, I appreciate it.
a c 137 V Motherboard
August 4, 2012 6:12:41 PM

You're welcome. :) 
a c 86 V Motherboard
August 4, 2012 6:23:12 PM

Be sure to check these out the one is a bit out your price range but well worth it mobo:ASUS P8Z77-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

mobo:GIGABYTE G1.Sniper 3 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

mobo:ASUS P8Z77-V PRO/THUNDERBOLT LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

mobo:ASRock Z77 Extreme6 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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