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Best MOBO for i2500k - as of August 2012

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Hi everyone,

I'm torn on whether I would experience any meaningful benefits from an ASUS P8Z77 vs an older chipset. I'd like to OC my i2500k, 32 gb DDR3 RAM, Noctua NH-D14. I am also going for a relatively quiet build with a quiet case (Antec P280). I do NOT game much.

I'm hoping to spend around $150, and no more than $200.

Your thoughts would be appreciated.

PS - I have a quiet Seasonic PSU at 560W. This can be upgraded if necessary.
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From what I've seen so far here on OCN, it seems that people who upgrade from a P67 or Z68 to a nice Z77 board (like the P8Z77-V series) experience better overclocking in that some of these people have been able to use a lower core voltage and some even get higher overclocking potential.  So I say that it is (or would be) a good idea to get a P8Z77 board.

 

The PSU is overkill, so you're fully covered.  ;)

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Filco Majestouch 104-key Cherry MX Blues w/NKRO Corsair HX650 (Bronze, ordered on 12-12-2009) CM 690 Intellimouse Optical (1.1A) 1000Hz polling rate 
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post #3 of 12
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Originally Posted by TwoCables View Post

From what I've seen so far here on OCN, it seems that people who upgrade from a P67 or Z68 to a nice Z77 board (like the P8Z77-V series) experience better overclocking in that some of these people have been able to use a lower core voltage and some even get higher overclocking potential.  So I say that it is (or would be) a good idea to get a P8Z77 board.

The PSU is overkill, so you're fully covered.  wink.gif

Thanks for the insight! The price difference is negligible, so I will go with the Z77 boards instead.

Just curious, I've noticed that the sabertooth is significantly more expensive compared to the P8's - is it actually better with the "thermal armor" - or is this a marketing gimmick?
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Originally Posted by nicefinly View Post


Thanks for the insight! The price difference is negligible, so I will go with the Z77 boards instead.
Just curious, I've noticed that the sabertooth is significantly more expensive compared to the P8's - is it actually better with the "thermal armor" - or is this a marketing gimmick?

 

I honestly don't know, but I like to think of it as a marketing gimmick because I am considering all the people who are just fine using "normal" motherboards.  :)

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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (C:\) 250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (D:\) 150 GB WD VelociRaptor Samsung SH-S243N 24x DVD Burner 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung SH-S203N 20X DVD Burner Thermaltake Frio Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Retail AOC G2460PG (24" 1920 x 1080 144Hz G-SYNC) 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Filco Majestouch 104-key Cherry MX Blues w/NKRO Corsair HX650 (Bronze, ordered on 12-12-2009) CM 690 Intellimouse Optical (1.1A) 1000Hz polling rate 
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (C:\) 250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (D:\) 150 GB WD VelociRaptor Samsung SH-S243N 24x DVD Burner 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung SH-S203N 20X DVD Burner Thermaltake Frio Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Retail AOC G2460PG (24" 1920 x 1080 144Hz G-SYNC) 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Filco Majestouch 104-key Cherry MX Blues w/NKRO Corsair HX650 (Bronze, ordered on 12-12-2009) CM 690 Intellimouse Optical (1.1A) 1000Hz polling rate 
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Originally Posted by nicefinly View Post

Thanks for the insight! The price difference is negligible, so I will go with the Z77 boards instead.
Just curious, I've noticed that the sabertooth is significantly more expensive compared to the P8's - is it actually better with the "thermal armor" - or is this a marketing gimmick?

Yeah, it's mostly a marketing gimmick. It really does nothing.
I'd also suggest to look at the Gigabyte Z77x-UD5H if you're looking for a wider selection of brands to compare.
Everyone else is right though, the Z77 chipset is alot better and has more features if you find yourself with an Ivy Bridge processor too. smile.gif
 
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post #6 of 12
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The PSU is overkill, so you're fully covered.  wink.gif

A big psu is never an overkill,better safe than sorry.Psu is something that will probably last more than your other hardware so you should pick something big and good
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Originally Posted by johnko1 View Post

A big psu is never an overkill,better safe than sorry.Psu is something that will probably last more than your other hardware so you should pick something big and good

A BIG psu may be an overkill. There is Nothing wrong with overkilling though.
What you need is a reliable psu, not necessarily big.
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Originally Posted by Matt-Matt View Post

Yeah, it's mostly a marketing gimmick. It really does nothing.
I'd also suggest to look at the Gigabyte Z77x-UD5H if you're looking for a wider selection of brands to compare.
Everyone else is right though, the Z77 chipset is alot better and has more features if you find yourself with an Ivy Bridge processor too. smile.gif

I wouldn't recommend that gigabyte board. I've had nothing but problems with it. I can't even get past a 4.4ghz overclock.
    
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post #9 of 12
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Originally Posted by startekee View Post

I wouldn't recommend that gigabyte board. I've had nothing but problems with it. I can't even get past a 4.4ghz overclock.

Haha. I was just about to add to this thread - that I have decided to go with a 660 W Seasonic instead. Just did a rough calculation and that would allow me to run SLI/CrossFire if it were ever necessary.
post #10 of 12
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Originally Posted by ghostrider85 View Post

A BIG psu may be an overkill. There is Nothing wrong with overkilling though.
What you need is a reliable psu, not necessarily big.

TBH - I've never used a Gigabyte mobo. How are the boot-up times?
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