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The new P67A motherboards on Newegg in my price range are the following:

This will be for my first build and I am really not sure what to look for in a motherboard. I have no intentions of crossfire or SLI and I'll be running raid 0 HDD's and possibly an SSD boot drive. All I want is something that will overclock well with good cooling on the motherboard.
  • Gigabyte P67A-UD3P
  • MSI P67A-GD55
  • Asus P8P67
  • Biostar TP67XE

They're all the same price.
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Asus a well respected brand.
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I'd avoid the UD3P. Its SATA ports will get blocked if u plan to put 2 large GPUs in SLI.
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any differences in power phases?
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Originally Posted by MaCnRYdER;11957637 
Asus a well respected brand.

This is what some friends were telling me. My color scheme is red but all of these boards are blue, oh well though. The Biostar is the only red one but isn't as nice looking as the others.

Also, I just plan on using one HD 6950, hopefully unlocked to a 6970.
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A lot of people seem to be having problems with the Asus boards, Gigabyte is still using BIOS rather than UEFI, Biostar, not sure what they're like on Intel boards as I think they specialise in AMD boards, so imo, go for the MSI. Btw, did I say I have the MSI P67A GD55? wink.gif

Great board, got mine stable at 4.5ghz @ 1.27v
post #7 of 14
Tom's Hardware just ran an article on some P67 boards and found the ASUS P67 Pro board had the highest overclock. It's a few dollars more than the plain P67 board, but I think the only difference is Pro has integrated Bluetooth so if you want maximum overclock I'd go with the ASUS one.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/p67-motherboard-roundup-lga-1155-sandy-bridge,2837-29.html
post #8 of 14
The Gigabyte UD3P only runs x16/x4 in a multi-GPU configuration, while the other boards will do x8/x8 which is preferable. So, that tosses the UD3P out of the running.

Between the other boards, it's really a tossup. Biostar is my favorite manufacturer right now, and if you can mind only having 5 SATA ports then it is the clear choice because of the price/performance ratio. The board only costs $134.99 at Microcenter (you can order it online for $141 + tax) and doesn't sweat running a 2600k at 5.1ghz.

The Asus is nice because it features a better slot layout for expandability, and 3 more SATA ports. Asus is a proven motherboard manufacturer, and if you don't mind fronting the extra cash over the Biostar, it will do good as well.

MSI, well that's another story. I would never buy an MSI board again, but that's just me. So basically if you plan to use 5 or less SATA ports, the Biostar is amazing. If you want more SATA ports or feel more comfortable with the Asus name, then go with it. Both are good boards.

edit: I know you say you don't want to run Multi-GPU, but consider it down the road. I would've never imagined running two 5870s, but now that I picked up a second one for cheap, I love it. And also since they are the same price for you, the Asus would be the clear choice because of: proven brand, more SATA ports, awesome layout, good heatsinks, and good overclocking.
Edited by Dopamin3 - 1/10/11 at 9:12am
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post #9 of 14
You will not go wrong with either the MSI. I know you've stated that you're not concerned about SLI/Xfire but being the same price like the others...never say "never." thinking.gif
Edited by drBlahMan - 1/10/11 at 9:12am
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Hmm. I honestly don't know how many sata ports I'm going to need, I've never built a computer but I want to be on the safe side so I'll go with the Asus.
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