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post #1 of 15
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looking for a VERY cheap motherboard for a i5 2500K.

Budget price $60.

I'm also wondering maybe I should go amd 955 route instead because i'm on a tight budget.

Intel i5 2500k STOCK VS AMD 955 BE STOCK. is the intel still alot faster?
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You may as well go with a cheaper model (i5 2400 or 2500) then use the extra money to buy a better motherboard since you won't be able to overclock anyways.

I'd personally go with this board if I had to, which is $60 after rebate: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813138308
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You may as well go with a cheaper model (i5 2400 or 2500) then use the extra money to buy a better motherboard since you won't be able to overclock anyways.

I'd personally go with this board if I had to, which is $60 after rebate: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813138308
I would want to overclock but its unlikely with the budget motherboard I'll be getting. it be cool if I could find a overclocking cheap motherboard.

That biostar, i was looking at earlier. hmm.

never heard of a i5 2400k does it come close to the i5 2500k?
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Im not sure about a 2400k but i know from personal experiance that my 2500k was beating my overclocked 955 c2 in the benchmarks I was running. 955 was oc to 3.8 and 2500k was factory speeds. I'll post benchmarks when i get back to my pc.

Edit: The i5 i got for 170. board and chip at microcenter was under 350 with combo price.

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Im not sure about a 2400k but i know from personal experiance that my 2500k was beating my overclocked 955 c2 in the benchmarks I was running. 955 was oc to 3.8 and 2500k was factory speeds. I'll post benchmarks when i get back to my pc.

Edit: The i5 i got for 170. board and chip at microcenter was under 350 with combo price.

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Yeah, i'm going to stick to i5 2500k after reading some benchmarks online.

I might be able afford this
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128522

or this

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128483


This looks very tempting

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130609

probably going with the MSI board.
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post #6 of 15
$60 is really a tight budget, going to be tough finding anything that is feature rich. Meaning you will mostly be stuck with an H61 board.

Of those you linked I would go with the Gigabyte. MSI is not known for their quality in their products that don't have the "D" designation in their name.

Have you seen this Gigabyte board? It is a little cheaper.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128527

I don't have any experience with ASRock but this one has the most NewEgg reviews in your price range... yeah I know take them with a grain of salt. Might also work for you.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157241
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post #7 of 15
while $60 is tough budget, please take a look at Biosar Z68:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813138319

With some work you can get $10 off this board to get it down to $100. I have this board and is running 2500K at 4.5 no issues.
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post #8 of 15
$60 budget for motherboard and you want to OC? Really bad idea. Your best bet is to get i5 2500 (non-K) and get H61/H67 (cannot OC) in that case.

If you insist to OC, then get the following boards (but it'll be over budget unless you can find it cheap as used),
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128487
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157251
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post #9 of 15
I would definitely go with a better mobo over a better CPU. It is alot more convenient to upgrade the CPU since you do not need to reinstall Windows and etc. Just plop it in and go. Plus getting a cheaper mobo = chance of mobo failing and taking everything along with it, expansion, lower OC.

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post #10 of 15
Not sure where you were buying 2500k from, but NCIX US has them for $190

That may get you a little more money for mobo.
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