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$600 Build: What motherboard should I pick?

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June 10, 2012 12:04:16 PM

Hello Tom's Hardware gurus, I am spending £400/$625 on an Intel i5 computer build to buy in the next couple of months, used to render 720p videos and play Minecraft. I already have a 500GB HDD (SATA 3GB/s) and a powerful enough Radeon 6570 2GB plus a DVD Drive which I will be re-using in this build, but sometime in the future will upgrade to a more powerful one. I am going to overclock this build to around 4GHz, and this is what I have come up with so far, and I am not sure on what motherboard to pick. I live in the UK and I have picked these parts:

CPU: Intel i5-2500K 3.3GHz 6MB Quad Core - £148
CPU Cooling: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - £24
Motherboard: Asus P8Z68-V LX? MSI Z68/Z77A-G43? ASRock Z77 Pro4? - These are the motherboards I can afford
RAM: Crucial Ballistix 4GB (1x4GB) DDR3 1333MHz - £13 - Will upgrade to 8GB when I get 64bit Windows 7
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3GB/s 7200RPM - Already have it
Graphics Card: Sapphire Radeon 6570 2GB DDR3 - Already have it
DVD Drive: Samsung 22X SATA Drive - Already have it
PSU: Seasonic S12II-520 520W 80Plus Bronze PSU - £50
Case: CiT Jupiter Blue Gaming Case - £27 - Seemingly is a bad brand but this case I know (my friend has it) it is sturdy, has great tool-less design, cable management, bottom mounted PSU and 2 Blue LED fans.
Here it is on Scan with photos: http://www.scan.co.uk/products/cit-jupiter-v2-black-mid...

Above I have listed the best motherboards I can afford, advice will be taken into consideration! Thanks for your help!
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June 10, 2012 12:20:44 PM

1: either get a 2x4gb kit or a 2x2 kit. a single dimm is kinda a botteneck
2:if you are to run sandy bridge, get a z68 board. if you are to run an ivy bridge chip, get a i5 2570k and the z77 chipset. the gd45 will give you a few more features
June 10, 2012 12:28:05 PM

The IB CPU is £50 more. I can't afford it. I will spend £1 more on a 2x2GB kit, but what would you recommend for the motherboard? Asus P8Z68-V LX or MSI Z68A-G43?
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June 10, 2012 12:35:23 PM

Cold_War said:
The IB CPU is £50 more. I can't afford it. I will spend £1 more on a 2x2GB kit, but what would you recommend for the motherboard? Asus P8Z68-V LX or MSI Z68A-G43?


get the lx. it seems to have more good reviews
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