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June 22, 2012 3:39:53 PM

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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June 22, 2012 4:11:11 PM
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June 22, 2012 4:37:29 PM

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....?
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June 22, 2012 4:45:00 PM

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...

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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.
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Processor: Intel Core i5-2500K Quad-Core - BX80623I52500K ($219.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: GIGABYTE Intel Z77 - GA-Z77X-UD3H ($159.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $379.98



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June 22, 2012 5:49:21 PM

Nope.avi

I think the two I showed you are the only 1155 socket that have thunderbolt.
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June 23, 2012 3:55:29 AM

Best answer selected by mgriffen.
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