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So I just bought this chip on sale, but my computer is old, I needed to upgrade the computer before the video card.


I am looking for a motherboard that will give me great bang/buck performance with regards to overclocking on air cooling. If you were to combo a motherboard with the i5-2550k, which would you use. I am partial to Gigabyte, but am not completely opposed to other brands, considering the potential boot-loop issues with the 67/68 Gigabyte boards. I don't need video, obviously, because the 2550k has no IGP. Please post up what you think- I am in no rush to build this new PC, but I would like to narrow down my choices with input from people that really push their systems to the limit, rather than random online reviews. I will also remain air cooling, possibly with the big Noctua cooler (nh-d14 IIRC), but maybe with the promilatech megahalems.
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post #2 of 9
I'd go with someone with a UEFI BIOS (well the gigbyte boards do have them... they just skimped on the GUI). Any mid range board will be fine really... the OC potential will be dependent on the CPU itself.

There's a list of all the motherboards out there... cant seem to find it now. Get one with more VRMs
post #3 of 9
have a look at the the following
Asus P8Z68-v/gen3
Asus P8P67

ASRock P67 extreme4 gen 3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157265&Tpk=ASRock%20P67%20extreme4%20gen%203 had to link this one lol

ASRock Z68 extreme3 or 4 gen 3

Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3 rev 1.3
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post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 
So ASrock is a top tier mobo manufacturer now? I remember them from many years ago, but did not know they were top notch. I use my computer for 5+ years, so I need them to last.....if that makes a difference. I will take a look at them now. Also, because Newegg has recently become more expensive, are there any other vendors that I can shop?
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post #6 of 9
Quote:
Originally Posted by silvergoat View Post

So ASrock is a top tier mobo manufacturer now? I remember them from many years ago, but did not know they were top notch. I use my computer for 5+ years, so I need them to last.....if that makes a difference. I will take a look at them now. Also, because Newegg has recently become more expensive, are there any other vendors that I can shop?

ASrock have come along way since they broke away from Asus.. Now they are free they are producing top quality boards nowdays.. thumb.gif
as to other venders in the US im not sure smile.gif
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Plextor M5p 128GB 2 x WD 500GB Blues LG Prolimatech Megahalems Rev C 
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Arctic F12 CO PWM x 2 Push/Pull Windows 7 64 bit Ultimate LG IPS235V Corsair AX850 
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I5-3570K Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3 Inno3D Ichill GTX660 8GB G.Skill RipjawsX 1600 
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Samsung 830 128GB WD black 500GB Liteon Coolermaster Hyper 212+ EVO 
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post #7 of 9
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That's reassuring- ordered the ASrock P67 board about an hour ago. thumb.gif
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post #8 of 9
In case you changed your mind, the ASUS P8P67 EVO is a good choice.
post #9 of 9
Quote:
Originally Posted by silvergoat View Post

That's reassuring- ordered the ASrock P67 board about an hour ago. thumb.gif

nice, you wont regret it thumb.gif
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i7-3770k Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP5 TH MSI GTX460 G.Skill TridentX 2400 2 x 4GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Plextor M5p 128GB 2 x WD 500GB Blues LG Prolimatech Megahalems Rev C 
CoolingOSMonitorPower
Arctic F12 CO PWM x 2 Push/Pull Windows 7 64 bit Ultimate LG IPS235V Corsair AX850 
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Coolermaster HAF 912 advanced (Asia version) 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
I5-3570K Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3 Inno3D Ichill GTX660 8GB G.Skill RipjawsX 1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Samsung 830 128GB WD black 500GB Liteon Coolermaster Hyper 212+ EVO 
OSMonitorPowerCase
Win 7 ultimate Samsung Syncmaster 932gwe+ OCZ ZT series 550W Coolermaster 410 
CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
1.67Ghz Atom stock 1GB DDR2 2 x 500GB Western Digital Cavier Blacks [RAID 1] 
CoolingOSPowerCase
stock DSM3.2 [built on linux] stock stock 
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i7-3770k Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP5 TH MSI GTX460 G.Skill TridentX 2400 2 x 4GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Plextor M5p 128GB 2 x WD 500GB Blues LG Prolimatech Megahalems Rev C 
CoolingOSMonitorPower
Arctic F12 CO PWM x 2 Push/Pull Windows 7 64 bit Ultimate LG IPS235V Corsair AX850 
Case
Coolermaster HAF 912 advanced (Asia version) 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
I5-3570K Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3 Inno3D Ichill GTX660 8GB G.Skill RipjawsX 1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Samsung 830 128GB WD black 500GB Liteon Coolermaster Hyper 212+ EVO 
OSMonitorPowerCase
Win 7 ultimate Samsung Syncmaster 932gwe+ OCZ ZT series 550W Coolermaster 410 
CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
1.67Ghz Atom stock 1GB DDR2 2 x 500GB Western Digital Cavier Blacks [RAID 1] 
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stock DSM3.2 [built on linux] stock stock 
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