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Budget Build using Microcenter's i5-2500k deal

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November 11, 2011 8:15:47 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Now --> Black Friday

Budget Range: ~500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (Starcraft II, Diablo 3, CS:GO), VMWare Workstation (for local use)

Parts Not Required: keyboard, monitor, mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Microcenter, Newegg, any

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel i5 CPU, NVIDIA GPU

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe (though 90% NO for the next few years)

Monitor Resolution: Dual screen 1680x1050 and 1920x1080 (main)

Additional Comments: None


So as some might know, microcenter is having a great deal for the beginning of Nov. The deal ends this Sunday, the 11th. (Can view here: http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/16efa968#/16efa968/...).

I'm pretty set on the i5-2500k, but there are way too many mobos that I could choose from. Given the choices in that ad, what would be some good suggestions and also reasons for them? Also brands or models I should avoid like the plague? I plan on using the IGP in the i5, so will need a Z68, and I also plan on OCing both the CPU and IGP.


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Edit: I've gone through the ad and compiled a list of all the Z68 mobos in addition to their prices after he $60 deduction. Options welcomed!



Manufacturer Name MC
ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 140
ASRock Z68 Extreme4 130
ASRock Z68 Pro3-M 50
ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z 300
ASUS P8Z68 DELUXE 205
ASUS P8Z68-V PRO 150
ASUS P8Z68-V 120
ASUS P8Z68-M PRO 75
ASUS P8Z68-V LX 60
Biostar TZ68A+ RCH 40
Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD4-B3 110
Gigabyte GA-Z68X-ID3H 90
Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3 80
Gigabyte GA-Z68MX-UD2H-B3 65
Gigabyte GA-Z68AP-D4-B3 40
Gigabyte GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 40
MSI Z68A-GD65-G3 130
MSI Z68A-G45 G3 70
MSI Z68A-G43 G3 65
November 11, 2011 8:28:51 PM

MSI z68-GD65 G3
AsRock Extreme4 Gen3
AsRock Extreme 3 Gen 3
Asus z68-V Pro

In that order.
November 11, 2011 8:40:43 PM

avoid the intel

but of the rest choose the one that has the features you want , and is in your budget . Performance will be near enough identical
November 12, 2011 12:21:04 AM

I like the AsRock Extreme3 Gen 3, but I don't think Microcenter has it, they only have the Extreme4. As far as I can tell, it only adds a few more USB/SATA links for about $50 extra :( 

For the lower end boards like:
ASRock Z68 Pro3-M
ASUS P8Z68-V LX

I noticed that the VRM is only "4 phase". How much (if any) does this affect the OC capabilities of the IGP and CPU?
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