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post #1 of 16
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need helping picking a mobo for my new rig.

would like something thats
-easily overclocked
-works with i5 2500k
-(not sure if I want to use SLI)
-SSD HD
-great for gaming
-under 200$
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post #2 of 16
i reccomend a P67a-UD4p. it is a $179 board with SLI and crossfire with USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s

pretty good for overclocking a 2500k to around 4.5-4.7GHZ

nice looks and is Solid..

my other choice would be a Asus P8p67-E which is 199$...
Edited by SaberServant - 5/26/11 at 11:10am
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post #3 of 16
AsRock P67 Extreme4 or Biostar TP67XE

The AsRock has a little better layout and more feature set, but if you're only going to be using 5 SATA ports or less and don't want too many bells and whistles, Biostar is your best bet.
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post #4 of 16
Biostar is a horrible quality board. stay away from them..

the Asrock Extreme 4 is also worth mentioning as a nice board.

Avoid ALL biostar products. they are inferior quality and just plain suck..
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post #5 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by SaberServant View Post
Biostar is a horrible quality board. stay away from them..

the Asrock Extreme 4 is also worth mentioning as a nice board.

Avoid ALL biostar products. they are inferior quality and just plain suck..
You have 6 posts and you're flaming a brand without even giving a reason why?



Biostar is fine, they made one of the best P45 boards- the TPower i45 and tons of great AMD boards. Hardware quality wise pretty much all manufacturers use the same stuff nowadays, you get all solid caps and decent quality components on any midrange+ board. I even used a cheapo Biostar A880G+ for a friends build, and for the price I was impressed by the bios options it offered. I didn't OC much, but I could've and the board is still going stable for over 6 months for my friend.
Edited by Dopamin3 - 5/26/11 at 11:31am
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post #6 of 16
Biostar has Inferior quality. this is why.
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post #7 of 16
foxconn, esc, and ther large oems make biostar boards and other cheap boards. Theere is not much wrong with them that would be wrong with like MSI, supermicro, and the others.

Tier 1 companies are gigabyte and asus and they are the best quality ATM.
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post #8 of 16
i would not recommend my x58 sabertooth if you are going sli or crossfire, very limited space in that mb.
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post #9 of 16
I would recommend a good 170-200$ board as they have the best cost : performance. All of these boards have similar features and support CF/SLI, the only one that doesn't have the UEFI is the gigabyte, but imo it makes that flaw up in looks.
Asus P8P67/Z68 PRO (Great all around board)
Gigabyte P67/Z68 UD4 (No UEFI but has better looks)
Asrock P67/Z68 Extreme 4 (1 year less warranty)

As far as P67/Z68 if you do not need the SSD caching then just pick the cheaper.
    
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post #10 of 16
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Originally Posted by SaberServant View Post
Biostar is a horrible quality board. stay away from them..

the Asrock Extreme 4 is also worth mentioning as a nice board.

Avoid ALL biostar products. they are inferior quality and just plain suck..
I have heard that asrock has come a long way recently so not slamming them, but it does seem funny to recommend asrock & say something else sucks in the same post.
With 1155 the board is basically just for the look/features you want, the overclock ability is all in the cpu, not like 1366 where particular boards are better for overclocking higher.
The p67 exception seems to be the m4e, which does seem to handle memory overclocks better than most others, but still no difference to cpu overclocking.
    
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