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Choosing a Motherboard

Hey all, I am having trouble choosing a motherboard for my next build.
I am going to run intel LGA 1155, probably i5 2500k
2x GTX 670 SLI
Needs to support USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt!

I will be overclocking. I can spend up to $450

What should I get?
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  2. I have heard that I should stick with sandy bridge for desktop overclocking, only because of the heat issues. Supposedly Ivy gets hotter than Sandy. But they are both equal in speed....?
  3. I would suggest going for the Ivy Bridge mainly because its 10-15% better clock per clock. Regarding the proper motherboard...

    If you choose an Ivy Bridge, definitely get a Z77 for SLI and Overclocking...

    Quixby Permalink
    Processor: Intel Core i5-3570K Quad-Core - BX80637I53570K ($237.89 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: GIGABYTE Intel Z77 - GA-Z77X-UD3H ($159.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $397.88

    However... if you stick with a sandy bridge CPU, like the 2500k, a Z77 will still work great.
    Quixby Permalink
    Processor: Intel Core i5-2500K Quad-Core - BX80623I52500K ($219.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: GIGABYTE Intel Z77 - GA-Z77X-UD3H ($159.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $379.98
  4. I would suggest going for the Ivy Bridge mainly because its 10-15% better clock per clock. Regarding the proper motherboard...

    If you choose an Ivy Bridge, definitely get a Z77 for SLI and Overclocking...

    Quixby Permalink
    Processor: Intel Core i5-3570K Quad-Core - BX80637I53570K ($237.89 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: GIGABYTE Intel Z77 - GA-Z77X-UD3H ($159.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $397.88


    Does that MOBO support Thunderbolt?
  5. Nope.avi

    I think the two I showed you are the only 1155 socket that have thunderbolt.
  6. Best answer selected by mgriffen.
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