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So here's the story I plan on sometime within then next 3-4 months upgrading my motherboard and CPU combo what I want however is extremely good overclocking performance of course. The issue with my current build is while this mobo is decent it's a 2.0 board and for a odd reason overclocking causes a internet DC. Although at the moment I think the PSU has been wanting a upgrade.

So the question is in the title a good set up.
I've been thinking of a sabertooth but I would prefer to have a i7 over 3.1 GHZ
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500 bucks will get you a 2600k and an ASrock extreme 4.

you don't need the 2600k unless you're doing anything that needs 8 threads. Grab 2500k and a sick mobo like the p67 sabertooth, asrock extreme 6, p67-gd65, gigabyte's p67 UD5..
    
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500 bucks will get you a 2600k and an ASrock extreme 4.

you don't need the 2600k unless you're doing anything that needs 8 threads. Grab 2500k and a sick mobo like the p67 sabertooth, asrock extreme 6, p67-gd65, gigabyte's p67 UD5..
Right thanks for the help i'm a tad useless when it comes to motherboards and pricing but now performance wise do you prefer the asrock or P67 since my local upgrade store carries the P67 but is a tad overpriced and the asrock is more expensive on amazon.
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post #4 of 12
Get an i5 2400 and over clock it to 4Ghz and a $99 Asrock MB + 4GB DDR3 @ $49.

That's only $330 and you have a rig that won't bottleneck your GTX 560.
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I would get the 2600k if you plan on not upgrading for the next 2-3 years, or if you do video encoding, or insane multi tasking that uses 8 threads.
Otherwise just stick with the 2500k if you are more of a gamer.

If you have no interest in using SSD caching than stick with the P67 mobos. Performance wise, the P8P67 Pro, UD4, and the Extreme 4 are great, you can't go wrong, the only difference in features is that the UD4 doesn't have the UEFI, but imo the UD4 looks the best.

Personally I wouldn't pay 30$ more for the sabertooth just for that armor (the board itself is a P8P67 pro)

A cheaper alternative is the ASROCK extreme 4, its a great board.
Edited by Omega329 - 5/22/11 at 8:57am
    
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Right thanks for the help i'm a tad useless when it comes to motherboards and pricing but now performance wise do you prefer the asrock or P67 since my local upgrade store carries the P67 but is a tad overpriced and the asrock is more expensive on amazon.
if you mean the p67 sabertooth then I would go for the extreme 4.

It's $150 USD IIRC on newegg and amazon shouldn't have it too much higher.
    
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if you mean the p67 sabertooth then I would go for the extreme 4.

It's $150 USD IIRC on newegg and amazon shouldn't have it too much higher.
You should consider the Sabertooth if you do not plan on upgrading in a long time (like me) I have researched for hours on end, but in the end they are all great boards. IT just boils down to what YOU need. I don't need or will have any use for Z68. So I'm getting a Sabertooth P67 because it has to last me 4+ years. Yes, it has less features, but it has btter quality components.

If I could upgrade in 2-3 years, then I would have gone for the P8Z68 or the Extreme4 Z68.

It's just that you have to see which mobo suits your needs. Reasearch a LOT!
    
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Let me easily save you 5 hours of searching:
ASUS: They set the standards.
Sabertooth: Great components, less features, need a case with good airflow. Good for Med/semi-high OC ,5 year warranty.
(Look at the military test sheet, it's just amazing)
P8 series: Great for OC'ing, The more you spend, the better the board is, more features. Some problems and bugs, not too many though
Maxiums: Top of the line.

ASRock: ASUS's little brother.
Extreme series: High quality parts, well built, lots of features, competitive price. Attains good OC.
Rest: meh....

Gigabyte: High end models kick ass if you have the $$$
All the models are good, though some lack features.

MSI: Can't say too much, my store doesn't sell + I haven't researched.

Conclusion: You really can't go TOO wrong. Just choose according to needs.
    
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So here's the story I plan on sometime within then next 3-4 months upgrading my motherboard and CPU combo what I want however is extremely good overclocking performance of course. The issue with my current build is while this mobo is decent it's a 2.0 board and for a odd reason overclocking causes a internet DC. Although at the moment I think the PSU has been wanting a upgrade.

So the question is in the title a good set up.
I've been thinking of a sabertooth but I would prefer to have a i7 over 3.1 GHZ
I would come back when you have the $$, Prices will DEFINITELY change, and at that point, you may want to consider buying used or waiting for Ivy Bridge.
Heck, that should be around Cyber Monday/Black Friday if you are in the US, and I would pick up what ever is on sale.
Edited by Omega329 - 5/22/11 at 9:11am
    
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post #10 of 12
Lucky that you live in the US
Prices here are through the roof.
Also note that P67 will be compatible with Ivy
    
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