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July 10, 2012 11:02:05 AM

Hi, I'm doing a new build and need some advice on the best motherboard...

Here is the system I'm thinking of getting

i5 2500k
G.Skill 8GB DDR3 2133MHz
GTX 570
OCZ 120GB Agility 3 SSD

I already have a very good PSU, case and conventional HDD so don't need to get them. If you think my system is unbalanced let me know, however I'm a bit limited. I'll be using my PC mostly for graphics rendering/encoding and games. I know a lot of people would recommend a i7 2600k for that, but it's out of my price range and isn't an option. :(  I can't cut back on my graphics to get a better CPU as I'll be doing a lot of graphics rendering, so I need a good one, it also has to be Nvidia as I NEED CUDA. Because of my budget I can only get 8GB RAM, but I might update later. :)  The SSD is just the cheapest for that size, simple.

So can anyone recommend me the best mobo to go with the above system?

I was thinking of something like this...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'd prefer a Z68 chipset as I want to do a bit of overclocking. ;) 

Thanks...

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a b V Motherboard
July 10, 2012 11:32:56 AM

can you please fill out the how to ask for build advice template. everything is kinda messy
July 10, 2012 11:51:32 AM

TheBigTroll said:
can you please fill out the how to ask for build advice template. everything is kinda messy


I fail to see how this is messy, I simply explained my reasons for picking the system then asked for advice on a motherboard to go with the following components.

i5 2500k
G.Skill 8GB DDR3 2133MHz
GTX 570
OCZ 120GB Agility 3 SSD


However, if that's too complicated then I will happily fill out a "build advice template" but could you tell me how to do that as I have no idea. :/ 
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a b V Motherboard
July 10, 2012 12:43:56 PM

we dont know what is your budget, we dont know where you are buying from/which country,what parts you dont need, and what you would prefer for the parts
July 10, 2012 1:17:52 PM

TheBigTroll said:
we dont know what is your budget, we dont know where you are buying from/which country,what parts you dont need, and what you would prefer for the parts


Ok, sorry I didn't make that clear...


I only want advice on the motherboard.
I want a motherboard that will run the below system well.
i5 2500k
G.Skill 8GB DDR3 2133MHz
GTX 570
OCZ 120GB Agility 3 SSD

I would prefer a Z68 chipset, but it doesn't have to be.
I want SLI support, dual x8 is fine, I don't need them both to run at x16.
I want USB 3, SATA 3 and PCIE 3.
I will be buying from England, any trusted online retailer is ok.
My budget for the motherboard is at maximum £130.


Thanks for your time and help :) 
a b V Motherboard
July 10, 2012 2:23:23 PM

id change the whole build

1: i5 3570k is better than the 2500k. you might have heard about the heat issues but it doesnt exsist until you hit 4.6ghz which you should hit anyways

2:there is near zero benefit from getting 2133mhz ram compared to 1600mhz after you factor in the cas latency. just get a plain set of gskill ripjaws x 1600mhz

3:if you get a 570, id get a 7850 instead. performs almost the same, super overclockable, and uses half the power of a 570

4: at scan.co.uk, you can pick up a samsung 830 128gb SSD for about 75 quid. agility is known for the lower reliability and slower speeds

5:for the motherboard given you use ivy bridge, a p8z77-v LK would be the optimal board. the reason to go ivy bridge is that you can get PCI-e 3.0 which is benefitial when you do crossfire in the future. you cant use pci-e3 with a sandy bridge chip

6:for the power supply id get a xfx 650w unit. it is reliable and is very quiet
July 10, 2012 3:16:04 PM

TheBigTroll said:
id change the whole build

1: i5 3570k is better than the 2500k. you might have heard about the heat issues but it doesnt exsist until you hit 4.6ghz which you should hit anyways

2:there is near zero benefit from getting 2133mhz ram compared to 1600mhz after you factor in the cas latency. just get a plain set of gskill ripjaws x 1600mhz

3:if you get a 570, id get a 7850 instead. performs almost the same, super overclockable, and uses half the power of a 570

4: at scan.co.uk, you can pick up a samsung 830 128gb SSD for about 75 quid. agility is known for the lower reliability and slower speeds

5:for the motherboard given you use ivy bridge, a p8z77-v LK would be the optimal board. the reason to go ivy bridge is that you can get PCI-e 3.0 which is benefitial when you do crossfire in the future. you cant use pci-e3 with a sandy bridge chip

6:for the power supply id get a xfx 650w unit. it is reliable and is very quiet


Cheers for all your help... in reply to your suggestions

1: I wasn't aware the i5 3570k was very similar in price to the 2500k. I'll probably get the 3570k now, thanks :) 

2: I know there is very minimal benefit to 2133mhz ram but here it only costs £5 more than 1600mhz so I thought I might as well get it. Is it worth just £5 ($7) more?

3: I NEED a Nvidia CUDA enabled card, I cannot use my software on a ATI card so I'm forced to go with Nvidia. The GTX 570 is just the best in my price range.

4: I wasn't aware you could get a Samsung 830 series for that price, thanks for the tip. I'll definitely get that instead. :D 

5: Thanks for the mobo advice! I didn't know that sandy doesn't support PCIE 3, I'll now re-budget and see if I can cough up the little extra for a ivy bridge. :) 

6: I already have a very good trusty antec PSU with easily enough watts/amps. :) 


So I now have 2 questions:

1: Is 2133mhz ram worth £5 ($7) more than 1600mhz?

2: Does this revised build look good to you?
p8z77-v LK mobo
i5 3570k
G.Skill 8GB DDR3 1600/2133MHz
GTX 570 - (Bearing in mind I need an Nvidia CUDA card)
Samsung 830 128gb SSD
July 10, 2012 3:34:33 PM

sure. u can et the 2133 ram for your geek pride :-) :-D
a b V Motherboard
July 10, 2012 3:49:41 PM

if the memory is 1.65v dont use it. it will eventually damage your memory controller.

if you still have another 100 dollars, you can pick yourself up a gtx670. if you cant afford it, id wait for the 660 that will come out later on in the summer. if you cant wait here is a ice 570 to get

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1280mb-evga-gtx-570-hd-s...
July 10, 2012 4:13:37 PM

The memory is 1.5v so it should be ok, but I might just go for the 1600mhz because it's what everyone recommends. :) 

And there's no way I can afford a GTX 670, I'll just go with the 570 :) 

I think that answers all my questions then, thanks for your help people!
a b V Motherboard
July 10, 2012 9:58:17 PM

good luck and have fun then
!