Motherboard for my build

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=N82E16813128506
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131781

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

Thanks...
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  1. can you please fill out the how to ask for build advice template. everything is kinda messy
  2. 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. :/
  3. 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
  4. 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 :)
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. sure. u can et the 2133 ram for your geek pride :-) :-D
  8. 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-superclocked-40nm-3900mhz-gddr5-gpu-797mhz-shader-1594mhz-480-cores-plusfree-
  9. 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!
  10. good luck and have fun then
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