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Hey Guys! I'm Upgrading my rig. I have a Kentucky fried i3 540 that took a crap about 2 months back. I'm starting to look around for mobo + cpu combinations and I've decided to go with the 2500K. The reason why I am looking to upgrade the mobo is because I'll be moving frrom the 1156 chipset --> 1155 chipset.

I currently use my computer mainly for gaming and sound design. I do not do any video converting, 3D rendering, or cinematic production.

2 Years ago, when I bought the rig, I purchased these components (and will still be using them minus the CPU and mobo):

1 - Biostar T5XE Mobo
1 - i3 540 Clarksdale
1 - HIS Radeon HD 4670
2 - 2gb Corsair 1333
1 - 2TB Samsung HDD
1 - HT Omega Claro Sound Card
1 - Hyper tx3 Coolermaster CPU Cooler

I still plan on gaming and producing music. I'm looking for a CPU & Mobo combination that will be reliable and generally won't cause any bottlenecks (I'm prepared for my graphics card and HDD to do the bottlenecking during games - these will be upgraded further down the road).

What recommendations might you have for a mobo?
Again, I'm really looking at the i5 2500k
-I'd like to keep the Mobo budget around 120$ (I know its cheap, but I'm not really an enthusiast)
-I'd like the mobo to have upgrade-ability in the future but at the same time provide enough durability for a long clean use.
post #2 of 23
Cheap budget ($120) + upgradable and durable mobo = not happening.

Best I could find for you is an open box asus p8p67 pro for $130 here - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131771R

Thats a fantastic price, more often than not people sya the open box items are virtually brand new, still with stickers etc. And you still get warranty.

The p8p67 pro is one of the best 1155 motherboards, and will last you a long time.
post #3 of 23
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131781

Here ya go. What I would buy in your shoes. wink.gif
 
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post #4 of 23
You could go with a p67 board. But z68 is more future proof. Other then that Ramsey77 just save you some time!
post #5 of 23
Thread Starter 
Fantastic. Thanks for the solid recommendations. I'm curious about the Asus open box, and have never purchased an open box product but will heavily consider it. I might just save up another months pay check and increase the budge a bit if that's the idea.
post #6 of 23
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I might just save up another months pay check and increase the budge a bit if that's the idea.

Well, if you could save up a bit more, I would try for this bad boy right here: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131790

I like this one because it's Gen3, which means that it is ready for PCI-E 3.0, all you need is an Ivy Bridge chip. thumb.gif
Edited by Ramsey77 - 2/29/12 at 7:38pm
 
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post #7 of 23
Open Box, If it boots, it's fine, If not return it. Done. Nothing to worry about really. I got a Open Box HP 23Inch, for 120 bucks! Can't wait for it! biggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by Ramsey77 View Post

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131781
Here ya go. What I would buy in your shoes. wink.gif

is this MB SLI/CF compatible ?

EDIT;
The P8Z68-V LX supports only CrossFire.
Edited by coolhandluke41 - 2/29/12 at 7:56pm
    
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post #9 of 23
Go with this

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271

and you can boost up your hdd performance alot by using intel SRT its so easy to install and it's included on motherboard ^^

i would upgrade the ram as well
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104173 40$

or 4GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104221 26$
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post #10 of 23
431

Granted the board doesn't say SLI, but I don't see why it wouldn't work if it's Crossfire ready.
 
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