Good replacement for a Q9300 2.50Ghz?

I think my CPU is holding back my Radeon 6970 2GB. My budget is $150 ~ $200 and it has to be able to keep up with a Radeon 6970 without bottlenecking.
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  1. okay can you find me a upgrade for my IPIEL-LA3 motherboard? its a micro atx board and I already have 6 gb of ddr3 ram.
  2. Here are 3 m-ATX socket 1155 mobos available from Newegg who's chipsets (H67 and Z68) allows for overclocking:

    Intel BOXDP67DEB3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 - $110
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813121512

    Based on user reviews it is very stable, but it has limited overclocking potential.

    ASRock Z68M/USB3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 - $85
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157270

    It has only 4 reviews and they are mixed reviews.

    ASRock Z68 PRO3-M LGA 1155 Intel Z68 - $110
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157252

    It has the most reviews of the 3 mobos, and is generally well accepted.
  3. I like the Asus P8Z68-M Pro as a nice micro board but at around $125 it is a really nice board and if you matched it up with a processor like the Intel® Core™ i5-2500K (at $220) you would have one of the top gaming processors on the market and the ability to overclock it in the future.

    Christian Wood
    Intel Enthusiast Team
  4. have you tried overclocking your current cpu.. a decent cooler will knock you back 50 or so bux and in the short term will be a good investment. as your current cpu isnt a bad model just a little short on the ghz side.. if you can add another say 500mhz then you should be golden.the average im seeing for it is 3.3 which should be plenty to release the bottleneck if you have 1. which will give a few more months for which you can save up some extra and get a decent board and i5 2500k.
    you could plumb for a cheaper 2400 and it would still be a great upgrade but the 2500k is the model of the moment and rightly so...
  5. I might go with the Intel BOXDP67DEB3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 but can I overclock my CPU with this mobo? (the IPIEL-LA3 mobo didn't allow overclocking). Now for a good CPU cooler, I found this one on Amazon but will it fit my mobo?

    http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-Sleeve-RR-B10-212P-G1/dp/B002G1YPH0/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1326745603&sr=1-1
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