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The right MoBo for my new gaming PC?

Last response: in Systems
November 22, 2011 3:00:56 PM

Trying to decide on the right build for a gaming machine I'm putting together for a friend. The build so far:

MoBo: Gigabyte GA-768XP-UD3 $179.00 - I've chosen this as it looks like a decent board with support for crossfire (and had a few nice reviews), but motherboards aren't my forte. Is there a cheaper board here that would do the job?
CPU: Intel i5-2500 $215.00 - Unsure if paying an extra $10 for the 'K' version is worth it if I don't plan to fork out an extra $60 for a cooler as well. I don't plan to overclock it if there's going to be no noticeable change in gaming performance.
GPU: Gigabyte 6950 1G $250 ea. - Already purchased 2 of them while they had them in stock.
RAM: Geil 8GB DDR3 c9 1600MHz $49.00 - On special, My understanding is going past 1600MHz on an i5 is throwing money to the wind and that lower latency's will only increase performance by 1 or 2 percent while playing games like BF3.
PSU: Antec Truepower 750W $135.00 To go much higher would be to nearly double the price.
HDD: Sillicon Power 120GB SSD $185.00 - Will reformat his old WD Green for storage of media and rarely used programs.
CASE: Antec Three Hundred $64.00 - I've used this for 2 builds now and love it for it's value.
DVD: Samsung 22x SATA BLACK OEM $26.00 - *shurg* will only be used for installations.

Approximate Purchase Date: this week
Budget Range: $1000-1500 AUD
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (Starcraft 2, Battlefield 3, Diablo 3), Surfing, Watching movies
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, Hardrive (500GB WD Green from previous build)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: - I get a small discount from here and they deliver to me for free. *NOTE* Prices are Australian
Country: Australia, Perth
Parts Preferences: NA
Overclocking: Maybe - Planning to use stock cooler and believe an i5 will be more than enough for the games to be played.
SLI or Crossfire: Yes
Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050 or 1920x1080

If there's any tweaks you can see besides the MoBo I'd love to here what you have in mind.

Thanks in advance ^_^

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a b 4 Gaming
November 22, 2011 3:48:20 PM

Good good good good.

This motherboard can do the trick and cheaper too.
November 22, 2011 3:56:33 PM

For $10 more dollars you can get the asus sabertooth. This mobo got tom's recommended buy award
November 29, 2011 7:10:17 AM

Best answer selected by Guar.