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I recently just purchased an i5 2500k and I need a motherboard. Now my computer knowledge isn't that great especailly when it comes to motherboards.

Now I'm not a huge overclocker but i do plan on messing with it a lil. Uhm my budget is around $200 BUT I would prefer to save some money. I was checking out the BIOSTAR TP67XE but what concerns me is the lack of sata ports (even though i prob won't be using them all right away) and the fact that it only has 3 fan connectors, i think. Is there a solution for that?

and I know this is super lamesauce but i want a cool looking board ROFL. I like how the ASROCK FATAL1TY looks a lot but its kind of pricey.
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Gigabyte p67a ud3 is a great option in that price range .
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If you need more fan headers, use something called a fan controller they draw power from the PSU instead of through the motherboard and typically have at least 4 or 5 places for fans to plug in. I was going to use an aerocool 1000 before I decided to get the RV02 case, was originally going to use a tempest evo XD
    
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gigabyte p67a-ud3-b3 user here

board is ok .. but i wished it were in black (some idiot beat me to an asus p8p67 pro)
doesnt have sli/crossfire support
only has 2 usb3's
buuut.. it gets the job done


how about this or this ?
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I would suggest you the Biostar TP67XE, great mobo @ really low price ($139 at newegg) ! If you want to connect more fans, you can connect them to your PSU so it is not really a big deal. you can alwso purchase a fan controller as someone mentioned above.
Another good mobo for around that price is the ASUS P8P67-M ($129 at newegg).
You will save a lot of money buying any of these mobos and you will be satisfied! :>
    
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Check out some of the microATX mobos, they'll save you money.
    
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