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Best budget board for a i5 2400 + sli build

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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  1. 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=N82E16813157271 121$

    But it dual at 8.0 pcie instead of 16pcie
  2. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271 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.
  3. This board looks OK.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128488

    I'd spend a tad extra to get this though:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271

    EDIT: Haha we all linked the same board at the same time
  4. kelthic said:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271 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.
  5. 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 ..
  6. Best answer
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072 i5 2500k
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231394 8GB Ram Kit
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271 ASRock z68 Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119247 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=N82E16835103065 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.
  7. Nevermind, i forgot you had the 2 550 ti's. So unless you already have a solid PSU, i'd recommend: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139027 for an additional 59.99.

    That puts your out of pocket at around $46.94
  8. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139028 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!
  9. 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.
  10. Thanks for the replies. with the extra cash to spare maybe I get a http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119233 for a computer case. the reviews said that it fitted the 212 cooler with room to spare.
  11. That is an excellent case option as well :)
  12. Best answer selected by rglaredo.
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