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So I recently found out there is a Microcenter 20 minutes from my hometown. I'm looking to at the very least finally upgrade my computer by buying the $180 2500k promo.

My actual question is two fold, what mobo should I pick and should I buy it from Microcenter (Minus $40 bundle w/ 2500k Promo) or the Newegg open boxes?

This is mainly what I'm looking for...
1) My current mobo is an Asus and has served me very well, so I'm leaning toward buying another Asus or sister brand.
2) I don't plan on doing a multi gpu setup anytime soon.
3) Will possibly buy a SSD drive sometime in the future when the prices come a little further down.
4) Good for solid/stable overclocks
5) Best bang for buck while offering versatility

My current plan is to finally upgrade to Sandy Bridge, replace my current psu with something a little more reliable and beefier (maybe a Corsair AX650), and replace my current cpu heatsink with a H60, H80, or H100 (if it fits my case).

Thoughts?

*Edit
Suggestions thus far
Asus P8P67 Pro B3
Asrock P67 Extreme 4
Edited by warshy - 7/22/11 at 7:28pm
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The Asus P8P67 Pro B3 Mobo
Intel i5 2500K
Ripjaw X 1600mhz 1.5v CL9 (8GB if you need it or else 4GB)
Corsair H80

Are you thinking of getting a new GPU? Finally whats your budget?
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Originally Posted by munaim1 View Post
The Asus P8P67 Pro B3 Mobo
Intel i5 2500K
Ripjaw X 1600mhz 1.5v CL9 (8GB if you need it or else 4GB)
Corsair H80

Are you thinking of getting a new GPU? Finally whats your budget?
My budget is however cheap I can get these parts. I am most likely going to wait to buy each piece until I see a deal. To me, the $180 2500k seems like a deal, so I'm going to jump on that sometime soon. Not sure if the Microcenter mobos are a deal with their bundle promo.

Regarding RAM, I already jumped on the $30ish ADATA 8GB 1333mhz set from a couple of days ago.

I don't plan to change GPU's yet (though after watching the Battlefield 3 alpha vids, I am tempted).

I'm especially curious for feedback from other Raven users running Sandy. PSU suggestions (had to make adjustments to reach with current one) and thoughts about Corsair's Hydro Series?
Edited by warshy - 7/22/11 at 6:49pm
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If your on budget then I would totally recommend the Asrock P67 Extreme4 motherboard, I have heard nothing but good things about it.

What resolution will you be gaming at? and if you was keen on getting a GPU what would your budget be?
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My monitor runs 1680x1050 native. With GPU's, I typically go with the best bang for buck around the $125ish price level.
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Originally Posted by warshy View Post
My monitor runs 1680x1050 native. With GPU's, I typically go with the best bang for buck around the $125ish price level.
Cool, sounds like a gtx 460 would do very nicely and I know you said you aint planning on running dual cards or anything, trust me I was the same, but once I added my second card it was epic, overclocked both and they are better than a GTX 580 lol.

Do you mind buying used? If not I HIGHLY recommend checking the for sale section out.

If your content on one single card then you won't be needing a 650w PSU, a quality 450w would do the job well.

EDIT: http://www.overclock.net/video/10718...x-460-1gb.html Something like that would be perfect.
Edited by munaim1 - 7/22/11 at 7:05pm
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hmmm...that is a good deal.

However I want to hold off on any video card updates until I see a pressing need for one. My current card has been good to me and I haven't had any problems playing any current games.

The upgrade to a bigger and more reliable PSU is mainly just for versatility in the future. Other then the my videocard and case, I haven't upgraded any of the other pieces since I put it together like 4-5 years ago. So if I do have a change of heart with SLI'ing, I'll be ready.

No qualms about buying used, as long as the parts work and are under warranty for a couple of years.

*Edit
I'm mainly focusing on buying the parts that will last me another 4-5 years.
Edited by warshy - 7/22/11 at 7:20pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by warshy View Post
hmmm...that is a good deal.

However I want to hold off on any video card updates until I see a pressing need for one. My current card has been good to me and I haven't had any problems playing any current games.

The upgrade to a bigger and more reliable PSU is mainly just for versatility in the future. Other then the my videocard and case, I haven't upgraded any of the other pieces since I put it together like 4-5 years ago. So if I do have a change of heart with SLI'ing, I'll be ready.

No qualms about buying used, as long as the parts work and are under warranty for a couple of years.

*Edit
I'm mainly focusing on buying the parts that will last me another 4-5 years.
Cool sounds like you really thought this through, nice one

On that note, the motherboard, cpu and RAM would be a great upgrade and when you need a GPU, you can get it then. Let us know how you get on, good luck

By th way you can also pick up mobo's on here aswell.
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