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Im thinking of buying a i5 2500k, and need a motherboard for it to go with, i want something that will overclock well and good for gaming,
right now i have a amd phenom ii x6 1090t with a asus crosshair iv formula, just want to try out the intel. i bought the amd last year and rarely used it, but i will most likely end up selling the mobo and proc with the ram.

any suggestion will be helpful

thanks
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What's your budget?
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honestly up to 300$ would be fine or a little more
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honestly up to 300$ would be fine or a little more

Cool, do you have any requirement's, like tri sli / tri fire, number of sata port's, number of PCI-E lanes - spacing of lanes etc?

Just a note, 99% of the overclocking is down to the chip, if it has potential then the motherboard plays little part in it. I believe the VRM phases, BIOS support, 'experience', maturity of mobo is what it comes down to.
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no to tri sli maybe two cards but doubt it, just need a good board that will allow me to overclock easily, might not even overclock but maybe i will later.
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no to tri sli maybe two cards but doubt it, just need a good board that will allow me to overclock easily, might not even overclock but maybe i will later.

Here are a few that I would recommend:

Firstly just to note, P67 or Z68, both are identical in terms of overclocking, the only difference is that Z68 features Onboard GPU (Lucid Vitu) and SSd caching, however not all Z68 have the ability to output video. If you find your self not amused by these features then a P67 motherboard will suffice, of course you also get the ability to upgrade to next gen cpu's (22nm) if and when you want and that'll be available via BIOS update. The gen3 supports PCI-E 3.0 which I believe is native to Ivy bridge but lets not get into the performance difference between PCI-E 2.0 and 3.0 lol.

Here are a few Z68 GEN3 mobo's that I would recommend:

Asus P8Z68 V or V PRO GEN3 - near identical to each other except for sata ports and usb ports I think (can't fully remember).

Asrock Extreme3 or Extreme4 GEN3 - Same as the above

Both are fantastic motherboards, I would personally go for the Asus, Bios support is probably a little better and more mature than the Asrock.
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what about the deluxe p8z68/gen3 i know its a little more, but i really dont like onboard gpu
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Z68 have
1. Integrated graphics support
2. Use of Quicksync for video transcoding
3. SSD Caching

over P67. You can go with a P8P67 EVO or PRO or even the regular one. Asus and Asrock have UEFI bios. Gigabyte has regular bios.
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what about the deluxe p8z68/gen3 i know its a little more, but i really dont like onboard gpu

Here are the differences between the the ones I mentioned and the Deluxe:

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As you can see not many differences between the boards, I would say go for the V PRO.

As mentioned before, If you don't require the features of Z68, then p67 would suffice, the models I have mentioned above are all available in the P67 chipset except for the Extreme3.
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what about the ram? what would you suggest or recommend for the pro and the 2500k
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