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post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
Hey guys. I'm looking to upgrade my motherboard this christmas.

Current build:

i5 2500k
Intel DP67BA Desktop Board
8 GB DDR3 1333mhz RAM
AMD HD 6850

My motherboard is locked for overclocking, and only has one PCI x16 slot.

My upgrades consist of: A second 6850 for crossfire and an overclocking friendly motherboard. Also, I'd like to bring my i5 to around 4-4.5ghz, so if you could recommend a good heat sink that would be awesome.

The 6850 is all taken care of, but I am not a good shopper when it comes to motherboards.

So far I have found the ASUS P8Z68-M Pro.

I would very much like your wisdom on this matter. I already have a 6850 picked out, so my budget for a mobo and a heatsink is roughly $200.

Thanks guys!
post #2 of 9
That's an epic board,

Now, lets keep your overclocking reasonable, I'd have to go with the CM 212 EVO/Hyper, it's a lovely cooler at a great price.

Another thing you need to consider if you're going xfire is the PSU that's in the PC. They are normally generic peices of crap that are pretty useless. If you're going xfire you'll need a good quality 650w PSU. That's good quality, not some generic PoC.

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post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 
I was worried about that, It's a 550 watt =/ but it's very good quality. And that heat sink is at a great price! I think the heatsink is going to have to wait though. Mind finding me a good psu?
post #4 of 9
What's your budget for the PSU?

I'd have a look at the TX650V2, that's a non-modular PSU. You also have the Modular HX series.

I'd personally have a look here http://www.overclock.net/t/183810/faq-recommended-power-supplies and see what is in your price range. 550w isn't going to cover a xfire setup of those cards I don't think.

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EDIT

600-699w

Seasonic X-650/X-660 (Review) (Review) (Website)
Thermaltake Toughpower Grand 650w (Review) (Website)
NZXT Hale90 650w (Review) (Website)
Thortech Thunderbolt 650w (Review) (Website)
Enermax Pro87+/Modu87+ 600w (Review) (Website) (Website)
Antec TruePower New 650 (Review) (Website)
Corsair HX650 (Review) (Website)
XFX XPS 650w (Review) (Website) [Grey & Green are the same unit]
XFX Pro Series/Core Series 650w (Review) (Website)
Corsair TX650 v2 (Review) (Website)
Antec High Current Gamer 620w (Review) (Website)
Antec NeoECO 620w (Review) (Website)
Seasonic S12II / M12II 620w (Review) (Website) (Website)
Rosewill Green Series 630w (Review) (Website)
Nexus RX-6300 (Review) (Website)
Nexus NX-6000 R3 (Review) (Website)
Enermax NAXN 80+ 600w (Review) (Website)
OCZ ModXStream Pro 600w (Review) (Website)
Thermaltake TR2 600P (Review) (Website)
OCZ StealthXStream 2 600w (Review) (Website)
PowerColor Gamer Series 600w (Review) (Website)
Corsair Gamer Series GS600 (Review) (Website)


Those are the available PSU's for you, I'd probably go with either the TX650V2 or the Antec truepower New 650.
post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 
Budget would still be $200. I think the motherboard might be a little unnecessary. I really like that PSU you recommended. If I could find a lower priced motherboard, that would do it.

What do you think of this? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157249
post #6 of 9
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Originally Posted by mmurphyj11 View Post

Budget would still be $200. I think the motherboard might be a little unnecessary. I really like that PSU you recommended. If I could find a lower priced motherboard, that would do it.
What do you think of this? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157249

This http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130621 would be a better option, that would also allow for your HSF and the PSU.

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post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 
Alright I think we have a winner!

Motherboard: MSI Z68A-G43

PSU: TX650
post #8 of 9
That'll suit you down to the ground. Oh don't forget the CM212 Hyper CPU cooler biggrin.gif

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post #9 of 9
Thread Starter 
I'm gonna skip the cooler for now. 4.5ghz can wait lol. Thanks for all your help smile.gif
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