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Choosing a MOBO for a new build, have no clue what to look for

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I decided I wanted to look into building a new computer, and I have not much of a clue what I need to look for in the mobo. From another thread, I have been referred to a P67 board, and a Z68 board.

My build will most likely have an i5-2500k. As far as GPUs go, I have yet to decide. I am building this mostly for gaming, but I am not a big fan of multi monitor setups, especially for the pricing right now. SLI is something I might consider in the future, but I doubt it will happen. I know the Z68 supports SSD caching, but SSDs are also quite expensive, and I cannot bring myself to buy one, so that is also not a big deal. If the prices lower significantly, I would consider it though.

I plan on putting in 8gb of DDR3 1600mhz. Everything on my list is pretty much subject to change so nothing is finalized. I know a little about building a computer, but when it comes to the real technical stuff I have no idea. Now considering what I just said, I am sure overclocking is probably something I shouldn't do, but I would like to try and work my i5 up to a higher clock at some point. I am just looking for a fairly priced board, that wont be a pain in my ass. I have listed 2 below, they have been suggested to me by another person, but I would like more input for people who know more about mobos.

The Z68 looks more appealing to me since it has 2 more USB slots, something I need. Everything else I really don't know what to look into. These boards have room for SLI expansion, but again the most I would probably do is add a second monitor to show like Teamspeak on or something.

Any suggestions on boards, or things I should consider?

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i5-2500k @ 4.5ghz Asus P8P67 ASUS ENGTX570  G.Skill Sniper 
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Western Digital Caviar Blue 320 Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB Western Digital Caviar Blue 750 Maxtor 80 
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Western Digital Caviar Blue 320 Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB Western Digital Caviar Blue 750 Maxtor 80 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
Hyper 212+ Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit Dell 22" 1680X1050 ASUS 23.6 1920X1080 Primary 
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Razer Lycossa Corsair 750w T2 COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Blac... Logitech G500 
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You've pretty much nailed it down. I'd say you're over-thinking it. There are a slew of P67 vs Z68 board reviews/threads out there.

Just go by features - Do you really want those USB ports? Are they worth the premium?

The i5 2500k is a good start and 1.5v RAM will get you going. Anything will do.
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840Pro 128 | 3xWD Vraptor | 1.5TB Green LG 6X Blu-ray /HD-DVD combo Win7 Ultimate 64bit 2 x U2311H 1920x1080 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
840Pro 128 | 3xWD Vraptor | 1.5TB Green LG 6X Blu-ray /HD-DVD combo Win7 Ultimate 64bit 2 x U2311H 1920x1080 
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Originally Posted by justarealguy View Post
You've pretty much nailed it down. I'd say you're over-thinking it. There are a slew of P67 vs Z68 board reviews/threads out there.

Just go by features - Do you really want those USB ports? Are they worth the premium?

The i5 2500k is a good start and 1.5v RAM will get you going. Anything will do.
Thank you. I guess I am overthinking it, I just wasn't sure about some of the stuff.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-2500k @ 4.5ghz Asus P8P67 ASUS ENGTX570  G.Skill Sniper 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Western Digital Caviar Blue 320 Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB Western Digital Caviar Blue 750 Maxtor 80 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
Hyper 212+ Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit Dell 22" 1680X1050 ASUS 23.6 1920X1080 Primary 
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Razer Lycossa Corsair 750w T2 COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Blac... Logitech G500 
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Western Digital Caviar Blue 320 Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB Western Digital Caviar Blue 750 Maxtor 80 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
Hyper 212+ Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit Dell 22" 1680X1050 ASUS 23.6 1920X1080 Primary 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Razer Lycossa Corsair 750w T2 COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Blac... Logitech G500 
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Originally Posted by justarealguy View Post
You've pretty much nailed it down. I'd say you're over-thinking it. There are a slew of P67 vs Z68 board reviews/threads out there.

Just go by features - Do you really want those USB ports? Are they worth the premium?

The i5 2500k is a good start and 1.5v RAM will get you going. Anything will do.
That is the problem so many P67 boards out there!

There's also a few Z68 boards as well. I think if you are on a budget, it's even harder to decide.

There's different layouts of the boards and subtle differences in the model name.... so, this makes it very confusing. I suspect my budget is lower than the OP but I am looking for a mobo, too.... so I am in the same boat.
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