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Wanting to know what the best SLI ready motherboard for a new intel i5 2500k would be, currently im running a gtx 560 ti 2gb and plan to add another later so im switching to an intel setup. Whats the best motherboard in the price range, would also be interested if anyone has a used 2500k and mobo thats SLI for sale.
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I would recommend the ASRock Z68 Extreme 3 Gen3. Conveniently, it'll be semi future-proof with the PCIe 3.0 slots and support for Ivy Bridge, as well.

 

Also, consider the ASUS P8Z68-V LE. A little pricier, not a Gen 3 board, but still high quality for the price.

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i would highly recommend you the ASRock Z77 Extreme4 140$=shipping or the Asrock Extreme 3 Gen 3 thumb.gif
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I would recommend the ASRock Z68 Extreme 3 Gen3. Conveniently, it'll be semi future-proof with the PCIe 3.0 slots and support for Ivy Bridge, as well.

 

Also, consider the ASUS P8Z68-V LE. A little pricier, not a Gen 3 board, but still high quality for the price.


the LX and the LE version are not really meant to overclock i would not really recommend it redface.gif
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I found this, looks like its not so bad and is supposed to also support ivy bridge? Anyone have any input on it http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138317&Tpk=biostar%20tp67xe%20%28b3%29%20lga%201155%20intel%20p67%20sata%206gb%2fs by the way i will prolly not overclock the processor as im just a gamer so thats all im worried about, and all ive read is how much this kicks the crap out of everything AMD has.
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I found this, looks like its not so bad and is supposed to also support ivy bridge? Anyone have any input on it http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138317&Tpk=biostar%20tp67xe%20%28b3%29%20lga%201155%20intel%20p67%20sata%206gb%2fs by the way i will prolly not overclock the processor as im just a gamer so thats all im worried about, and all ive read is how much this kicks the crap out of everything AMD has.

actually i was really going to suggest that motherboard and m looking forward what that dual 8 pin on the motherboard can real do wink.gif
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I found this, looks like its not so bad and is supposed to also support ivy bridge? Anyone have any input on it http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138317&Tpk=biostar%20tp67xe%20%28b3%29%20lga%201155%20intel%20p67%20sata%206gb%2fs by the way i will prolly not overclock the processor as im just a gamer so thats all im worried about, and all ive read is how much this kicks the crap out of everything AMD has.


I'm pretty sure that board won't support Ivy, nor will it support PCIe 3.0. Definitely not a Gen 3 board. If you're looking for Ivy Bridge support, you'll have to look at Z68 motherboards, not P67. Best way to confirm these kinds of things for yourself is to check out the specs on the manufacturer's website after finding it on newegg.

 

I've never used a Biostar motherboard myself, but I've never heard good things about them from people I've talked to. Take that with a grain of salt, though, since that's kind of hearsay on my part.

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I'd go with the ASRock Extrem3 Gen3 like everyone else recommended. Dual 8-pin connectors isn't necessary, especially if you're not overclocking (I forget how much power an 8-pin supplies, but my 955 quad is a 125W CPU and I have a 4-pin connector powering it..). At best, maybe you can get 10% higher clocks (4.8 vs. 4.4) - that region where you increase power consumption a ridiculous amount for minimal performance gain. And, Z68 is just a better chipset, and it's definitely compatible with Ivy Bridge.

As for Biostar, a friend of mine has an AM3 880G Biostar board, been using it for about 1.5 years now with no issues. The BIOS sucks (at least compared to my Gigabyte AM2+/780G board), but that's a non-issue I suppose.
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I'm pretty sure that board won't support Ivy, nor will it support PCIe 3.0. Definitely not a Gen 3 board. If you're looking for Ivy Bridge support, you'll have to look at Z68 motherboards, not P67. Best way to confirm these kinds of things for yourself is to check out the specs on the manufacturer's website after finding it on newegg.

I've never used a Biostar motherboard myself, but I've never heard good things about them from people I've talked to. Take that with a grain of salt, though, since that's kind of hearsay on my part.

a board does not have to be a gen3 board or does it have to support PCIe 3.0 to be able to support ivy bridge cpu's.. you would have to update the BIOS tho.. as long as it is a z68, p67, h67 and some h61's you will be fine but yes check manufactures site for correct BIOS.. smile.gif
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a board does not have to be a gen3 board or does it have to support PCIe 3.0 to be able to support ivy bridge cpu's.. you would have to update the BIOS tho.. as long as it is a z68, p67, h67 and some h61's you will be fine but yes check manufactures site for correct BIOS.. smile.gif


I wasn't saying it doesn't support Ivy because it's not Gen 3 or PCIe 3.0. Those were two separate statements. The basis for my statement that it doesn't support Ivy is from reading the specs on the manufacturer's website, where it says it supports Sandy Bridge, but makes no mention of Ivy Bridge (3rd Gen Intel Core i7 and i5 Processors).

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