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hey my friend is building his computer, and was wondering what the best motherboard for good price to get with a i5k
MCP
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i7-2600K 4.5 24/7 Asus P8-Z68 vPRO 2x GTX 570 1028mb Corsair 2x4GB 1600Mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
2X WD 1TB Black Caviar  2x OCZ Vertex 4 128GB  1Tb Lacie Rugged ASUS Black 12X BD-ROM 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Corsair H100 4X Ultra Kaze Windows Ultimate Asus 27" LED 10,000,000:1 Logitech k360 
PowerCaseMouseOther
Corsair AX1200W Cool Master Haf-X logitech MX-518 fan controller (for 4X Ultra kase) 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz T... AS Rock LGA1155 DDR3 Z77 EXTREME4 2X Sapphire Radeon Vapor-X HD 7970 GHZ OC 6GB DDR5 G.SKILL Trident X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin... 
OSCaseOtherOther
Multi boot >Ubuntu, Linux, MacOSX, Win7, Fadora Corsair 900D Phobya G-Changer 560 Radiator Watercool - HEATKILLER® CPU Rev3.0 1155/1156 Ni-BL 
OtherOtherOtherOther
PrimoFlex Advanced LRT 3/8in. ID x 5/8in. OD Tu... XSPC D5 Dual Bay Reservoir/Pump Combo Phobya G-Changer 240 Ver. 1.2 Radiator (2x) Tron - ENCOM - Legacy - Sticker - Decal - ... 
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(2x) Tron Rinzler Clu - Sticker - Decal - Die Cut (2x) Tron - Legacy - Encom - Sticker - Decal - ... 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i7-2600K 4.5 24/7 Asus P8-Z68 vPRO 2x GTX 570 1028mb Corsair 2x4GB 1600Mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
2X WD 1TB Black Caviar  2x OCZ Vertex 4 128GB  1Tb Lacie Rugged ASUS Black 12X BD-ROM 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Corsair H100 4X Ultra Kaze Windows Ultimate Asus 27" LED 10,000,000:1 Logitech k360 
PowerCaseMouseOther
Corsair AX1200W Cool Master Haf-X logitech MX-518 fan controller (for 4X Ultra kase) 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz T... AS Rock LGA1155 DDR3 Z77 EXTREME4 2X Sapphire Radeon Vapor-X HD 7970 GHZ OC 6GB DDR5 G.SKILL Trident X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin... 
OSCaseOtherOther
Multi boot >Ubuntu, Linux, MacOSX, Win7, Fadora Corsair 900D Phobya G-Changer 560 Radiator Watercool - HEATKILLER® CPU Rev3.0 1155/1156 Ni-BL 
OtherOtherOtherOther
PrimoFlex Advanced LRT 3/8in. ID x 5/8in. OD Tu... XSPC D5 Dual Bay Reservoir/Pump Combo Phobya G-Changer 240 Ver. 1.2 Radiator (2x) Tron - ENCOM - Legacy - Sticker - Decal - ... 
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(2x) Tron Rinzler Clu - Sticker - Decal - Die Cut (2x) Tron - Legacy - Encom - Sticker - Decal - ... 
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ASRock Exteme 3 Gen 3
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ASRock Extreme3 Gen3. I just build a system with this board and am simply amazed at the quality, performance and feature set of the board for its low price.
It looks great, it's well built, its OCs quite well and has pretty much all the practical features you will really need. I highly recommend this board.
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I have done a lot of research before I bought my board and I love my p8Z68-V. With that said, at the price point of the Extreme 3 there is no competition. I almost bought it but went with the good ol' Asus.
My System
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500k Asus P8Z68-V Radeon HD4670 Samsung MV-3V2G3D/US low profile  
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Samsung HD503HI  Samsung 830 Series SSD 128 GB Samsung HD155UI Lite-on IHOS-104 Blu Ray 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Thermalright Silver Arrow Win 7 Professional HP LP2065 20" LCD Cherry MX Board 3.0 
PowerCaseAudio
Antec Earthwatts EA380D Fractal Design Arc Midi Klipsch THX 
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i5 2500k Asus P8Z68-V Radeon HD4670 Samsung MV-3V2G3D/US low profile  
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Samsung HD503HI  Samsung 830 Series SSD 128 GB Samsung HD155UI Lite-on IHOS-104 Blu Ray 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Thermalright Silver Arrow Win 7 Professional HP LP2065 20" LCD Cherry MX Board 3.0 
PowerCaseAudio
Antec Earthwatts EA380D Fractal Design Arc Midi Klipsch THX 
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post #5 of 6
How well does the extreme3 OC?
Monkey_Butt
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i7-2700k ASRock Z77E-ITX EVGA GTX 670 FTW Samsung 8GB DDR3 1600 Low Voltage 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Plextor M3 128GB Western Digital Caviar Black  Asus 24X Corsair H100 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 8 Pro 64-Bit Yamakasi Catleap 27" IPS Razer Black Widow Seasonic X650 
CaseMouseMouse Pad
BitFenix Prodigy White SteelSeries Sensei Raw (Rubber) Artisan Hein  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
i5-2500K Oc'd 5.0Ghz @1.416v Asus P8P67 Pro B3 Rev. 3.1 MSI GTX 560 Ti Twin Frozr II MSI GTX 560 Ti TFII  
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
G. Skill RipJaws X F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM OCZ Agility 3 60gb Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 6.0gb/s Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 6.0gb/s 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Hitachi 500GB 3.0gb/s Lite-On 24x Thermalright Silver Arrow Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
Samsung EX2220X Acer 23" LED Razer Blackwidow Seasonic X750 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
NZXT Phantom White with Red trim Logitech G400 HIEN SOFT M Japan black | SAMURAI Logitech Z506 
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Monkey_Butt
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i7-2700k ASRock Z77E-ITX EVGA GTX 670 FTW Samsung 8GB DDR3 1600 Low Voltage 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Plextor M3 128GB Western Digital Caviar Black  Asus 24X Corsair H100 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 8 Pro 64-Bit Yamakasi Catleap 27" IPS Razer Black Widow Seasonic X650 
CaseMouseMouse Pad
BitFenix Prodigy White SteelSeries Sensei Raw (Rubber) Artisan Hein  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
i5-2500K Oc'd 5.0Ghz @1.416v Asus P8P67 Pro B3 Rev. 3.1 MSI GTX 560 Ti Twin Frozr II MSI GTX 560 Ti TFII  
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
G. Skill RipJaws X F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM OCZ Agility 3 60gb Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 6.0gb/s Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 6.0gb/s 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Hitachi 500GB 3.0gb/s Lite-On 24x Thermalright Silver Arrow Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
Samsung EX2220X Acer 23" LED Razer Blackwidow Seasonic X750 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
NZXT Phantom White with Red trim Logitech G400 HIEN SOFT M Japan black | SAMURAI Logitech Z506 
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post #6 of 6
I have the Extreme 4. I was able to do 4.8GHz fairly easily.

I could probably do more, but I'm good where it is at. It's enough.
Steak_N_Eggs
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ESXi 5.x Server
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel 2500K @ 4.8GHz 1.36v ASRock P67 Extreme4 Gen3 Sapphire Radeon HD 6970 8GB Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB x2 Samsung Spinpoint f3 1TB Donkey with Laser Pointer CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ 
OSMonitorMonitorKeyboard
Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 2008 Apple Cinema HD Display 23" Samsung 2443BWX Logitec K750 Solar & Steelseries Zboard 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair hx650w Corsair Graphite 600t Logitec M705 & Razer DeathAdder IAMS pet food Vet Clinic pad 
Audio
M-Audio Studio LX-4 5.1 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX 8320 Stock ASRock Extreme 3 970 ATX Radeon HD 2400 32GB Corsair Vengeance Black CL9  
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Seagate 2TB 64MB 7200RPM Seagate 320GB 16MB 7200RPM Seagate 500GB 16MB 7200RPM CoolerMaster GeminII S524 
OSPowerCaseOther
VMWare ESXi 5.1 Corsair CX500 80 Plus CoolerMaster Elite 361 Intel PRO/1000 PT Dual Port Server 
Other
Intel PRO/1000 PT Dual Port Server 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 "Sandy Bridge" @ 2.7GHz Apple Logic Board Intel 3000 8GB Crucial 1600MHz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Crucial M4 - 128GB Apple Super Drive Stock OSX Mountain Lion 
OSMonitorKeyboard
Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit 13" Apple IPS Backlit Chiclet 
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Steak_N_Eggs
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ESXi 5.x Server
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel 2500K @ 4.8GHz 1.36v ASRock P67 Extreme4 Gen3 Sapphire Radeon HD 6970 8GB Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB x2 Samsung Spinpoint f3 1TB Donkey with Laser Pointer CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ 
OSMonitorMonitorKeyboard
Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 2008 Apple Cinema HD Display 23" Samsung 2443BWX Logitec K750 Solar & Steelseries Zboard 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair hx650w Corsair Graphite 600t Logitec M705 & Razer DeathAdder IAMS pet food Vet Clinic pad 
Audio
M-Audio Studio LX-4 5.1 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX 8320 Stock ASRock Extreme 3 970 ATX Radeon HD 2400 32GB Corsair Vengeance Black CL9  
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Seagate 2TB 64MB 7200RPM Seagate 320GB 16MB 7200RPM Seagate 500GB 16MB 7200RPM CoolerMaster GeminII S524 
OSPowerCaseOther
VMWare ESXi 5.1 Corsair CX500 80 Plus CoolerMaster Elite 361 Intel PRO/1000 PT Dual Port Server 
Other
Intel PRO/1000 PT Dual Port Server 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 "Sandy Bridge" @ 2.7GHz Apple Logic Board Intel 3000 8GB Crucial 1600MHz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Crucial M4 - 128GB Apple Super Drive Stock OSX Mountain Lion 
OSMonitorKeyboard
Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit 13" Apple IPS Backlit Chiclet 
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