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Kind of confused since this will be my first gaming rig (have built plenty of work type computers)

CPU i5 2500k so LGA1155 (I want to overclock to at least 4.0 but was looking at 4.5 with that silly grin on my face)
Want to start with a single Radeon 6870 or 6950 (not sure yet) but will upgrade to crossfire soon so I need a crossfire ready board
I want 4 RAM slots

And i'm trying to get this for the most economical price since I can't afford to drop all my money on this build (maybe after I get back from this upcoming deployment)
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post #2 of 11
Welcome to ocn!

What is your maximum budget about $150?
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Welcome to OCN

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 - $124.99, x8/x8 Crossfire, PCIe 3.0 compatible.

And get a 6950. You'll love one, and go nuts for two of them.

Get a CM Hyper 212+ if 4.5 is the max OC you are aiming for.
Edited by importflip - 10/18/11 at 12:40pm
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Welcome to ocn!

What is your maximum budget about $150?
I would definitely not wanna go over $150 though if I can get all that for less then i'd be very appreciative.

Thanks for the welcome
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post #5 of 11
Just a tiny bit over budget, but the P8P67 and P8P67 pro are the most common motherboards that I've seen used with sandy bridge processors.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131770
$159, you can probably find somewhere to price match it to under $150.
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Welcome to OCN

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 - $124.99, x8/x8 Crossfire, PCIe 3.0 compatible.

And get a 6950. You'll love one, and go nuts for two of them.

Get a CM Hyper 212+ if 4.5 is the max OC you are aiming for.
That looks like a pretty sweet board. exactly what i'm wanting, just looks like i'll need to use low profile RAM for when i decide to populate all 4 slots Since i was looking at using the CM Hyper 212+
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I am using the CM hyper 212+ with the high profile ram and I have no problem clearing. The mobo I am using is a AsRock P67 Pro 3. No SLI on it as that was what I was looking for.... With this I am using Auto settings and have been running for the better part of a month now at 4.4 GHz... not even looked back once... was a huge improvement over what I was using before. The 2500k with either Asus, AsRock or Gigabyte boards seems like a cannot lose scenario. All seem to be putting out some quality boards which have very similar features right now around the same price range. I guess it boils down to what you like best and what colors you want in a Mobo.... good luck with whatever you choose.
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Welcome to OCN

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 - $124.99, x8/x8 Crossfire, PCIe 3.0 compatible.

And get a 6950. You'll love one, and go nuts for two of them.

Get a CM Hyper 212+ if 4.5 is the max OC you are aiming for.
+1 for board and cpu cooler...can't beat those two bang for the bux.

as for the 6950 grab this one if you plan to OC:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127588

if you plan to keep it close to stock settings get this one:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150530
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post #10 of 11
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Originally Posted by importflip View Post
Welcome to OCN
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 - $124.99, x8/x8 Crossfire, PCIe 3.0 compatible.
Definetly the best board for the money. Same quality as an ASUS at a lower price. Also, it posts 8 times faster than an ASUS and is a great overclocker.

The 212 is the best bang for the buck cooler, you should be able to reach 4.5ghz with it, but I wouldn't go any higher.

If you want a higher overclock check out the ASRock Z68/P67 Extreme4 Gen 3 boards. They're a little more pricey than the Extreme 3, but they overclock and handle higher voltages better. You might also want to look at the Noctua D-14 cooler as well. All those components are a little pricey, but will give you a higher overclock around 5.0ghz.

6850>6870
Edited by y2jrock60 - 10/18/11 at 2:42pm
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