Buying a computer with no motherboard knowledge!

Hello,

As you can tell by the title I know nothing of motherboards and very little of computers but I'm wondering whether the motherboard I have chosen is decent? It's the Gigabyte H61MA-D3V Socket 1155 Motherboard (http://www.cclonline.com/product/75859/GA-H61MA-D3V/Motherboards/Gigabyte-H61MA-D3V-Socket-1155-Motherboard/MBD0341/)

Is there any other motherboards that are better for a similar price? My PC will be mostly for gaming specs:

CPU: i5 2500k @3.3
GPU: EVGA GTX 660ti
Motherboard: ?
PSU: Corsair 650w
RAM: 8GB
Case: CiT Vantage - White


THANK YOU in advance!
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  1. It's a decent motherboard if you're on a tight budget. However, it's a bad fit for the Core i5-2500k because it does not allow overclocking. You need to get a P67 or Z68 motherboard to overclock the CPU, and that will cost more. Or you can get a non-overclockable CPU and save some money; then the motherboard is okay.
  2. Sakkura said:
    It's a decent motherboard if you're on a tight budget. However, it's a bad fit for the Core i5-2500k because it does not allow overclocking. You need to get a P67 or Z68 motherboard to overclock the CPU, and that will cost more. Or you can get a non-overclockable CPU and save some money; then the motherboard is okay.


    Thanks for the quick reply!

    Could you suggest a CPU that is cheaper but will still be decent or should I should keep the i5 2500k for future overclocking (not planning to do it at the minute).

    Also I found this and it seems you can overclock? http://www.cclonline.com/product/87372/90-MIBH20-G0EAY0DZ/Motherboards/Asus-F1A55-Motherboard/MBD0409/
  3. dziire said:
    Thanks for the quick reply!

    Could you suggest a CPU that is cheaper but will still be decent or should I should keep the i5 2500k for future overclocking (not planning to do it at the minute).

    Also I found this and it seems you can overclock? http://www.cclonline.com/product/87372/90-MIBH20-G0EAY0DZ/Motherboards/Asus-F1A55-Motherboard/MBD0409/

    Well, there are various options. You could stick with the Gigabyte H61MA-D3V motherboard and get a Core i5-2380P which is only slightly slower:
    http://www.ebuyer.com/342616-core-i5-2380p-64bit-mpu-3-1g-6mb-box-bx80623i52380p

    Or you could get a different, but still cheap, motherboard and combine it with a processor from the newer Ivy Bridge generation, like the Core i5-3470 (which is actually a bit faster than the Core i5-2500k at stock clocks):
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0083U94CO/?tag=pcp0f-21

    +

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/gigabyte-ga-b75m-d3v-intel-b75-s-1155-ddr3-sata-iii-6gb-s-sata-pcie-30-d-sub-dvi-d-micro-atx

    The other motherboard you found has a different CPU socket and is only compatible with certain AMD CPUs.
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