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Hi,

I'm doing my first build and am planning on purchasing an Inteil i7 2600K processor as after asking around it seems that it is the best (and eventually I'd like try overclock a little). Being new to this I'm having trouble deciding on which motherboard to buy. I am willing to spend up to about ~250 (maybe more?) dollars on a good motherboard if it is really worth it although I'd prefer a smaller investment. Does anyone have some recommendations on which type of motherboard I should purchase? Any advice helps - brand, model, etc.

Also, I am planning on getting a XFX Radeon HD 6870 (HD687AZDFC) 1024MB PCIe 150 GPU - is this a good decision or are there better alternatives in this price range (~$150)? I am going to be doing mainly gaming and later video editing (most likely).

Lastly if anyone has any general tips for a first-time builder they are greatly appreciated.

Thanks.

(Note: My first day on these forums)

Edit: Also I don't know if I'm in the correct forum category - if I'm not please tell me which would be better for this type of thread.
Edited by Andrew A - 2/29/12 at 9:13pm
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I would go with the P8P67-Pro for a mother board. Worked perfectly with my 2600k, and super easy to use bios.
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post #3 of 14
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Originally Posted by jacksknight View Post

I would go with the P8P67-Pro for a mother board. Worked perfectly with my 2600k, and super easy to use bios.

aggred the Asus P8P67-Pro is a good board as well i would look at the Asus P8Z68-V pro/gen3 or the deluxe model

also some really solid boards now days are the ASRock z68 extreme3 gen 3 or extreme4 gen3.. that should get you started thumb.gif

here is ok but probably if you can get a Mod to move it to the Intel motherboard thread would be better..
and welcome to OCN smile.gif
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post #4 of 14
p8p67 pro or p8z68v-pro..However..I've read of problems with the newer boards..something about the pcie slots
If you wanna overclock..p8p67 pro..with bios 1502
 
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post #5 of 14
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Thanks for the replies. I had originally picked out the P8Z68-V LE LGA which costs $140. I was wondering what the difference between this and the P8P67 Pro, which costs about $180, would be. Someone said the more expensive of the two was good for overclocking; is it better than the other one or are they just about the same?

Thanks
post #6 of 14
the z68 v-le has no vrm heatsinks..not so good for overclocking ..the pro is the way to go..heavy duty..will withstand the abuse of..Me!
:lachen.gif: That's saying something..The p8p67 pro is one of the best boards ever made..IMHO
 
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post #7 of 14
Depends on budget. If it allows, and if you don't need the extra PCI-E lanes, Maximus IV Gene-Z. Although the P8P67 Pro is wonderful too!
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post #8 of 14
I got a Sabertooth P67 as my first board and it was pretty good though not as strong an overclocker as the P8P67 Pro. I just liked the look of the "thermal armor"! tongue.gif
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Thanks for the advice. It looks like at the moment I'd be getting the P8P67 Pro, however I could also get the Maximus IV Gene-Z. As both are virtually the same price I could get either. Which is the better motherboard in general?
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Originally Posted by Andrew A View Post

Thanks for the advice. It looks like at the moment I'd be getting the P8P67 Pro, however I could also get the Maximus IV Gene-Z. As both are virtually the same price I could get either. Which is the better motherboard in general?

:doh.gif: I kinda want a gene-z..it's micro-atx..It has all the bells and whistles AND is solid.OK... I drool over the gene-z bios..I vote
for gene-z!p8p67 pro is a solid no-frills type of board.
 
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