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Hi, I've finally given up on AMD and am making the switch i swore i'd never make to intel. With the poor performance of the bulldozer and the rumours that AMD have given up the fight its time for a change.

I've pretty much decided on the i5 2500k for a cpu as I don't need the hyperthreading that an i7 offers, but I need help with a mobo. I'm tech savvy but low on knowledge about the intel platform so any help is appreciated.

I'd picked out this mobo to partner it because I like the MSI military class components that I have on my 6950, but i'm open to ideas.

msi-z68a-gd55-(g3) (sorry link wouldn't work from scan international)

presume this is the best chipset but I don't really know what it offers over others and I don't know what I'm looking for with features. I also don't need onboard graphics but most of the Z68 chipset mobo's seam to have them. I'm also aware Ivybridge is around the corner and don't know whether I should aim for a board that's a bit future proof.

Cheers all
Edited by ManOnFire - 12/13/11 at 8:51am
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post #2 of 11
If your certain you don't need onboard video then perhaps look at a P67 board. Same chipset just no onboard. Look at Asrock P67 extreme4 gen3 or Gigabyte P67a-ud4-b3. Msi mobos tend to be weaker on the power phases.

Both chipsets are IB compatible
    
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Thank you, exactlly the kind of advise I needed. So no i'm looking for a P67 chipset.

http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/components/motherboards/intel1155p67chipsetmotherboards/p67a-gd53-b3.html

I've owned a gigabyte board in the past and wasn't blown away, it failed twice.

I like the general look of the MSI boards at present, they'll fit in with my rig nicely plus as I said I like the military grade components in my Twin Frozer III. It overclocks with ease and is bullet proof so it gives me some confidence in MSI parts.

Please correct me if I'm talking out my ass
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post #4 of 11
The msi are in no way a bad board. If your happy with the msi choice, go for it. I can only give my insight, not tell you what to do smile.gif
Id say try the msi then. You may enjoy it... If not, you can return and try something else right?


Oh, little tip: most mobo manufacturers use generally the same components at this quality level, they all just have different marketing jargon. wink.gif
    
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power phase for msi motherboards aren't great. gigabyte or asus ftw
    
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Oh, little tip: most mobo manufacturers use generally the same components at this quality level, they all just have different marketing jargon. wink.gif

LOL yeah, i wouldn't be that naive, Just speaking from my experience of other manufactors. I've had gigabyte which failed me and I've got an ASUS now which is fine but the software is a bit clunky.

What kind of difference is the power phase gonna make? I will be OC'n a little but not pushing the limits.
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it's just riskier than other boards. go ahead if you're not risk averse
    
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More phases means less stress on the power components (vrms, mosfets) which translates into less heat, longer life, potentially stronger/more stable power.
    
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Well if it goes pop wizz bang on me I'll just RMA it and get something else lol

Cheers for the advise fella's, you've helped me make my decision.
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Quote:
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Well if it goes pop wizz bang on me I'll just RMA it and get something else lol

Cheers for the advise fella's, you've helped me make my decision.
No problem. Hope it works great for you
    
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