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post #1 of 10
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Hello!

Recently I've been trying to make an AMD Phenom II 1035T worth something, and it seems the chip is about as rigorous as a soggy spaghetti noodle. So, I thought I'd dive off, for the first time, into the world of Intel. Now, I've got my chip picked out. The I5-2500k! I just need a board for it. To keep it within my budget, around $100 would be fantastic. RAM would also be needed, and less than 60 would be awesome there.

Can any of you Intel folks give me some sound advice?

Thank you!
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post #2 of 10
The asus p67 boards are popular for a reason. I have one and its been great so far. There are also the newer z68 boards, but they are nearly pointless unless you want to use the integrated graphics.

You cant go wrong with the asus p67's. There are also gigabyte and msi boards, but they seem to be more expensive.
     
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post #3 of 10
I think the Z68-UD4 and P67A-UD3R are the cheapest boards from Gigabyte.
    
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post #4 of 10
Asus P8P67 Pro.
Sandy love
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post #5 of 10
Here you go. This is what you want. A little higher than budget but it'll be nice.
ASUS P8P67

Ram this is what I'm using, good stuff guaranteed to be compatible:
Corsair 8Gb
 
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Western Digital Caviar Blue 1 TB LG Blu Ray/HD DVD Enzotech SCW-REV.A Swiftech MCR320-QP-K x2 
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Windows7 Proffesional 64bit Acer 23" LCD Logitech G15 Corsair GS600 
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NZXT Phantom White Custom Mods Logitech G5 
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2500K ASUS P8P67 EVO Calibre GTX 480 Corsair Vengence 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Vertex 2 LG DVD What ever is being tested Windows 7 professional 64bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Acer 23" Generic High Power Astro PT 700w Antec 900/TBD 
MouseMouse Pad
ooold Microsoft POS Wood 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
3770K Gigabyte G1.Sniper 3 SLI GTX Titans Samsung Green 30nm 16GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Vertex 3 240GB raid0 WD Caviar Black 1TB Dual Loop Water Cooling Windows7 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
Achieva Shimian 27" 1440p Acer 23" 1080p Razer Blackwidow Ultimate Mech Enermax Max Revo 1350 
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post #6 of 10
Best bang for buck - Biostar TP67XE $125 and the Asrock P67 Extreme4

Or the most popular one, Asus P8P67 Pro.


Either one would suffice.
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Intel X25-M G2 80GB 3x Samsung F3 500GB RAID 0 EK Supreme HF Full Copper Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit 
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post #7 of 10
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the replies guys! And cool, I've got that exact RAM now...so that could save me some there
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post #8 of 10
Any of the Asus P8P67 range would be your best bet.
Zero
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post #9 of 10
Asus P67 Pro or Evo will take you where you need to go.

I do NOT recommend Corsair Vengeance even though I have them and the above OCN member recommends it. They are too tall for air cooling options. My Vengeance-X will not allow me to use Slot 1 on my ram slots. (Thankfully, you only need Slot 2 and 4 for Dual Chan)

If you're watercooling or using a tiny heatsink then ignore this.

If I had to go with RAM now, with this kind of hindsight I'd go with a short profile G.Skill.
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post #10 of 10
Read my thread on choosing RAM for sandybridge and what things to look out for:

http://www.overclock.net/intel-memor...e-h67-p67.html

Hopefully that should help you decide
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Intel X25-M G2 80GB 3x Samsung F3 500GB RAID 0 EK Supreme HF Full Copper Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit 
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Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Intel X25-M G2 80GB 3x Samsung F3 500GB RAID 0 EK Supreme HF Full Copper Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit 
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LG42SL9500 42" 1080p [Surround Soon] XFX XXX Edition 650w Xigmatec Elysium JVC HA-RX700 [foam mod] 
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