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Hey everyone. I'm planning on finally going quad-core next month when I get my 2500k. I'm looking for motherboards, and while I think I have my match there may still be other options out there. I plan on running two cards in SLI (not sure which ones yet, but probably two 560ti 2GB's) and overclocking the i5. I'll probably start with a mild OC to like 4.0ghz, eventually bumping up to 4.5ghz if temps/stability are okay.

I've been looking at the ASRock Extreme4 P67, $160 or so at Newegg.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157229
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What price range are you looking to stay in??

I personally like the P8P67 PRO. seems like a solid platform and supports SLI and I like the spacing of the x16 slots. Since it leaves 1 vacant slot in between the cards it makes for better cooling

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...67+pro&x=0&y=0
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The ASRock Extreme 4 is probably the most generally accepted best bang for your buck p67 board out there.
    
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Anyone here using one of these (ASRock Extreme4 P67) with a massive CPU cooler? I'd like to know how many RAM slots get blocked, since I plan on using a 2x4GB dual channel kit.
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hey tmallory, are you going to use onboard sound? whats your max price? are you going to use this setup for anything more than gaming?

this is the memory kit i was gonna get for my 2500k: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM

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hey tmallory, are you going to use onboard sound? whats your max price? are you going to use this setup for anything more than gaming?

this is the memory kit i was gonna get for my 2500k: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM

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This is mostly going to be a gaming/entertainment rig. I don't do any video editing or anything like that. I'll be using the onboard sound with a 2.1 setup or my Sony stereo headphones.

That's actually the set of RAM I have in my newegg shopping cart! Went with that set due to the lower timings

As for the motherboard, I'd consider spending a little more ($10-25 more at most) if necessary.
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This is mostly going to be a gaming/entertainment rig. I don't do any video editing or anything like that. I'll be using the onboard sound with a 2.1 setup or my Sony stereo headphones.

That's actually the set of RAM I have in my newegg shopping cart! Went with that set due to the lower timings

As for the motherboard, I'd consider spending a little more ($10-25 more at most) if necessary.
ok this is good info. it'll help us make better suggestions.

I posted up on your cooler thread, too. And i picked that RAM because of the low timing also! haha

so $170-180 max on the mainboard...

I think your board selection is pretty good. honestly, asrock makes one hell of a board for the price.

save the extra money for a soundcard so you can hear your enemies on the other side of the map...
 
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Anyone using that ASRock mobo with a Corsair H60? Apparently people have had problems mounting the backplate with the H50's, was wondering if it was the same with the H60.
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The Extreme4 has three PCIe slots...are they different speed or can I put two cards in slots 1/3 for added airflow/spacing?
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Hey tmallory, you need to check out this article. It will more than answer that question.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...b3,2939-2.html

for me, it's really between the AsRock and ASUS boards...
 
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