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Best budget board for a i5 2400 + sli build

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March 26, 2012 8:17:35 PM

I decided that my old phenom 9850 with 4 gigs of mem and galaxy gt 440 is no longer adecaute for playing new games. I decided to build a new system around the i5 2400 chip and my two evga 550 ti's 2gbs cards ( yes two 550 ti's!! i knowthere are better but, those cards where free!! lol and upgrade for my 440 gt galaxy card). I cant find a decent low budget p67 or z68 board that can do sli for under 130 dlls. Any suggestions? Anyone is acually doing sli with a good board under 140dlls ? I dont plan to oc but i do want to upgrade the chip later on ..so i want to stay inside the 1115 chips.

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March 26, 2012 8:30:00 PM

rglaredo said:
I decided that my old phenom 9850 with 4 gigs of mem and galaxy gt 440 is no longer adecaute for playing new games. I decided to build a new system around the i5 2400 chip and my two evga 550 ti's 2gbs cards ( yes two 550 ti's!! i knowthere are better but, those cards where free!! lol and upgrade for my 440 gt galaxy card). I cant find a decent low budget p67 or z68 board that can do sli for under 130 dlls. Any suggestions? Anyone is acually doing sli with a good board under 140dlls ? I dont plan to oc but i do want to upgrade the chip later on ..so i want to stay inside the 1115 chips.


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 121$

But it dual at 8.0 pcie instead of 16pcie
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March 26, 2012 8:31:53 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... should be a solid option.

also, for $30 more on that cpu you could get the unlocked 2500k which is an excellent gaming cpu. I know you said you don't plan on overclocking, but leaving yourself that option open and reading up on it is a very good investement you can make, so i thought i would provide that suggestion anyway.
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March 26, 2012 8:40:10 PM

kelthic said:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... should be a solid option.

also, for $30 more on that cpu you could get the unlocked 2500k which is an excellent gaming cpu. I know you said you don't plan on overclocking, but leaving yourself that option open and reading up on it is a very good investement you can make, so i thought i would provide that suggestion anyway.


didnt realised that i5-2500k was only 30$ more then a 2400. Definatly go for the i5-2500k its a beast and you'll find yourself upgrading your two 550ti before you will upgrade an i5-2500k. With adequate cooling this CPU is just a monster.

edit: My bro own that mobo with an i5-2500k and its awsome for the price.
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March 26, 2012 8:47:56 PM

Thank you for your sugestions. Thank you for the newegg links. I'm planning on using newegg to order stuff because they offer the billme later option. I wish i could get the 2500k but since I only have around 450ish credit with bill me later I want to use it for getting the mobo, cpu, mem, and computer case . The OS, SSD, and other stuff I can pick it up at the local Bestbuy stores since I have some reward points and a 100+ dlls on gift cards from last xmas lol ..
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March 26, 2012 9:16:56 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... i5 2500k
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 8GB Ram Kit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ASRock z68 Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Cooler Master Elite 311 case (the reason i picked this is there is a lot of room to add fans later on).
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Hyper 212 CPU Cooler

Total: 436.95.

You still need a psu and GPU, as well as the OS, HDD/SSD and optional fans for the case from Best Buy like you talked about above.
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March 26, 2012 9:27:41 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... change that one i suggested with a 600w. sorry about that, i forgot to change the psu calculator for the SLI config when i remember that's what you had. this one is 69.99.

that puts your out of pocket at $56.94.

Again sorry about that!
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March 26, 2012 9:32:54 PM

Second the i5 2500k, it's a beast for gaming. Microcenter has it for $179 plus an additional $50 off when u buy a motherboard with it also. In store pick-up only.
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March 27, 2012 6:28:55 PM

That is an excellent case option as well :) 
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April 4, 2012 1:30:10 PM

Best answer selected by rglaredo.
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