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post #1 of 8
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Hey all.

I am about to buy a new gaming rig and here is what I've decided on:
i5 2500k processor
Radeon ATI HD 5770 graphics card
Thermalright HR-02 Macho cpu cooler
Some generic DDR3 1333ghz RAM

And the problem comes that I am torn between 2 motherboards:
Asus P8P67-M Pro
MSI P67A-GD55

The prices are the same.

I am going to be overclocking it and it will be used mainly for gaming.

So which one would you suggest and why?
(personally I like the ASUS because it has really cool wave-ey heatsinks on it)
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The p8p67-m is a great motherboard, however, if you're using this for gaming the card you have isn't going to keep up.

I would seriously consider something like an i3 and get a better GPU. I would actually ditch the CPU cooler completely and put that extra money on the GPU as well.

Comps
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The p8p67-m is a great motherboard, however, if you're using this for gaming the card you have isn't going to keep up.

I would seriously consider something like an i3 and get a better GPU.

Comps
Yeah. I sort of all ready have the GPU. It's part of my old system. (So don't pick on it ok... I like it.)

So Thank you for the advice, i reckon I am going to go with the ASUS.
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I'd go for Asus as I have only had good experiences with their boards.

I should say, one was DOA. That only meant that I experienced their AMAZING customer service.

The ASUS (if you're looking to OC) doesn't appear to have fantastic cooling.
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post #5 of 8
Don't go MSI.

Go with the ASUS. It won't catch on fire.

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Edited by Ihasfip - 10/13/11 at 5:04am
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I'd go for Asus as I have only had good experiences with their boards.

I should say, one was DOA. That only meant that I experienced their AMAZING customer service.

The ASUS (if you're looking to OC) doesn't appear to have fantastic cooling.
I am getting a pretty good cpu cooler and my pc has a pretty good airflow going on.
Will the MSI board really be any better in that department?
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post #7 of 8
i wouldnt be so quick to dismiss the msi board, here is a pretty good review: http://www.overclock.net/intel-mothe...-oc-guide.html

imo, it looks so much better than the asus lga 1155 boards too.
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i wouldnt be so quick to dismiss the msi board, here is a pretty good review: http://www.overclock.net/intel-mothe...-oc-guide.html

imo, it looks so much better than the asus lga 1155 boards too.
I've seen that review, but seeing as Overclock.net hasn't reviewed the ASUS board so beautifully, I don't really have something to compare it to directly.
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