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I don't know much about intel... I am grabbing a 2500k, but I don't know what motherboard to grab... It needs to be off microcenter as well...

I want to try and take this processor to 4.5+ Ghz, so I need a board that can do some nice overclocking... I would like to spend around 150$... If it's closer to the 200 range I think Ill just end up the Asus ROG board... But I really don't know if I should get a P67 or a Z68... Microcenters P67 boards look like crap other than the Asus ROG one...

Need some helping picking one. Thanks!


Here are some I had my eyes on:

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0364085

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0358024
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I don't know much about intel... I am grabbing a 2500k, but I don't know what motherboard to grab... It needs to be off microcenter as well...
I want to try and take this processor to 4.5+ Ghz, so I need a board that can do some nice overclocking... I would like to spend around 150$... If it's closer to the 200 range I think Ill just end up the Asus ROG board... But I really don't know if I should get a P67 or a Z68... Microcenters P67 boards look like crap other than the Asus ROG one...
Need some helping picking one. Thanks!
Here are some I had my eyes on:
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0364085
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0358024

If you can spend the dough go for the maximus but if you want to get some savings out of it grab the UD4 since it has 16phases so you get more stability in your overclocks.

P67 is an older chipset none the less still new but the boards are generally same aesthetically for the z68 series so nothing big there. All in all just go for the Z as they're not too expensive and they seem to be replacing P series all together.
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Yeah I want to save as much money as possible, so unless the Maximus has any other benefits other than looking badass I will probably just buy the UD4, which also looks sweet.
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If you need / want an tri sli motherboard, go for the M4E or else the Asus P8Z68 / V PRO, Asus P8P67 PRO, Asrock P67 Extreme4, Asrock Extreme3 Z68 / Extreme4 Z68 are popular amongst 1155 user's.

Z68 is P67 with SSD caching and onbaord GPU (Lucid Vitu), if that doesn't appeal to you then get the P67 chipset motherboard. I myself couldn't care less about the 'features' of Z68, hence my P67 choice of motherboard smile.gif

Either one of those mentioned will do the job well.

Hope that helps thumb.gif

EDIT:

I believe the cheapest motherboard from the list is gave you was the Asrock Extreme3 GEN3, it's a fantastic motherboard and I highly recommend it and I'm certain that a lot of people would agree.

Here it is for only $125: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271

Here's the P67 Extreme4 for only $150 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157265

From those two, I would chose the Extreme4, only because I need the extra sata ports lol tongue.gif
Edited by munaim1 - 12/2/11 at 8:21pm
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If you need / want an tri sli motherboard, go for the M4E or else the Asus P8Z68 / V PRO, Asus P8P67 PRO, Asrock P67 Extreme4, Asrock Extreme3 Z68 / Extreme4 Z68 are popular amongst 1155 user's.
Z68 is P67 with SSD caching and onbaord GPU (Lucid Vitu), if that doesn't appeal to you then get the P67 chipset motherboard. I myself couldn't care less about the 'features' of Z68, hence my P67 choice of motherboard smile.gif
Either one of those mentioned will do the job well.
Hope that helps thumb.gif
EDIT:
I believe the cheapest motherboard from the list is gave you was the Asrock Extreme3 GEN3, it's a fantastic motherboard and I highly recommend it and I'm certain that a lot of people would agree.
Here it is for only $125: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271
Here's the P67 Extreme4 for only $150 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157265

From those two, I would chose the Extreme4, only because I need the extra sata ports lol tongue.gif

Thanks for the info, I might go SLI/Crossfire but don't even plan too.. I just need a new mobo and I can't see it being a smart investment to stay on the AMD platform right now..

Needs to be from microcenter though.
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If you need / want an tri sli motherboard, go for the M4E or else the Asus P8Z68 / V PRO, Asus P8P67 PRO, Asrock P67 Extreme4, Asrock Extreme3 Z68 / Extreme4 Z68 are popular amongst 1155 user's.
Z68 is P67 with SSD caching and onbaord GPU (Lucid Vitu), if that doesn't appeal to you then get the P67 chipset motherboard. I myself couldn't care less about the 'features' of Z68, hence my P67 choice of motherboard smile.gif
Either one of those mentioned will do the job well.
Hope that helps thumb.gif
EDIT:
I believe the cheapest motherboard from the list is gave you was the Asrock Extreme3 GEN3, it's a fantastic motherboard and I highly recommend it and I'm certain that a lot of people would agree.
Here it is for only $125: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271
Here's the P67 Extreme4 for only $150 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157265

From those two, I would chose the Extreme4, only because I need the extra sata ports lol tongue.gif

Thanks for the info, I might go SLI/Crossfire but don't even plan too.. I just need a new mobo and I can't see it being a smart investment to stay on the AMD platform right now..

Needs to be from microcenter though.

I think I heard that NCIX price-match microcenter. You might have to confirm that though. If it is possible then either on of those motherboards I mentioned would certainly be upto the task of overclocking. I would personally say go for the Asrock, best bang for buck 1155 motherboards around. Asus is probably top, however they are a little more expensive and seeing as your on a budget the best option would be to go with Asrock. By no means think that the Asrock is second tier to the Asus, in actual fact the are probably the same or if not better in some cases (feature wise) but what more important is the feature / price ratio, Asrock have certainly done great there LOL tongue.gif
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I second the P67 Extreme4 Gen 3. It's a high quality board with a nice easy to use bios. I'm currently running my 2500K @ 4.8ghz and a Noctua D14, I could go higher but I like to keep my temps low. It's the fastest posting and booting board I've seen. It has a nice graphical bios making overclocking easy. I think it's definitely the best bang for the buck.

If you decide to get an ASrock board PM me, I can send you photos of my bios and help you out with overclocking your 2500K.
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Not going to be buying until Teusday/Wednesday when I get my christmas bonus from work... I'll probably get the maximus at microcenter...


They don't have the asrock at microcenter.
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The Asus UEFI boards take a little while to post but they're smooth as butter after that. The more phases definitely helps with stability, I had an Ex4 Gen3 before this board (I switched due to issues with USB) this board is more stable at 5.0 GHz for sure.
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