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I'm mainly going for this board so I can utilize the 1600mhz Patriot G2 memory(see my User CP info everything is current)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130576
I may or may not purchase it at Fry's though, haven't decided.
Was just wondering on General thoughts on OC'n ability I tried looking in the Manual online but it scarcley says anything about how far one can Overclock on this board....it is after all a P67 board. It does also mention that I can increase voltages on the cpu.

I've decided to pair it with i5 2500k.
Overclock it to slightly above 4gz.
I know someone on here has this same board, but I forgot his username.

My budget is $110 so this board would be perfect.
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Well, while I do not have any direct experience with MSI boards, many have pointed out the issue with former MSI models that had horrible power isses, so if you are wanting to OC on an MSI board, that may be something to think about.

This one is a Gigabyte, and only a bit more expensive, and by reputation would probably be a better, more reliable board to OC.
    
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That MSI board doesn't even have heatsinks on the MOSFETS!!!?? They have mounting holes for them, so obviously they even feel they're necessary.

I'd say scrape up another 20 or so and buy the ASRock Pro 3. I'd say scrape another 40 up as you can get even better at the $150 mark like the ASRock extreme 4 or ASUS P67 M-Pro

Edit: or even the ASRock Z68 Pro3-M for $125
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157252
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The msi board I'm using now seems fine to me.
I find the price really attractive. It looks like a cool board, it will look good in my little setup.

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Originally Posted by veritas-truth View Post
That MSI board doesn't even have heatsinks on the MOSFETS!!!?? They have mounting holes for them, so obviously they even feel they're necessary.

I'd say scrape up another 20 or so and buy the ASRock Pro 3. I'd say scrape another 40 up as you can get even better at the $150 mark like the ASRock extreme 4 or ASUS P67 M-Pro

Edit: or even the ASRock Z68 Pro3-M for $125
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157252
Maybe they sell heatsinks for that.
I got good airflow in my case.
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Maybe they sell heatsinks for that.
I got good airflow in my case.
Don't know where you could buy them though.... If you're cool with MSI there's a way better MSI board that's open box

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...2E16813130572R
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That board is fine.

Don't expect crazy overclocks, but something like 4.5 should be reasonable. The mosfets used on MSI intel boards are much more adequate to handle the load than on AMD boards. Same level of quality as any other brand.

As with all P67 boards, RAM speed is controlled by the CPU, so it is completely independant from the board.

Most IMC's can handle 2000+MHz
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That board is fine.

Don't expect crazy overclocks, but something like 4.5 should be reasonable. The mosfets used on MSI intel boards are much more adequate to handle the load than on AMD boards. Same level of quality as any other brand.

As with all P67 boards, RAM speed is controlled by the CPU, so it is completely independant from the board.

Most IMC's can handle 2000+MHz
Thats exactly what I'm looking for as far clock speeds are concerned. I was really hoping this board could optimize the RAM and CPU really good, thanks for the tips. I'm a few days out from getting it, I can't wait.

Thanx Veritas-Truth, I kow there is a deal on NewEgg for a slightly better board, but I have to sell a board and some RAM first so I can pay cash to get it. Who knows maybe Frys might have it on sale too.
thanx guys

Anything is better than a H61 board
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