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Doing a build for a fellow and I am wondering what the best price:performance motherboard is for the new Sandy Bridge platform (i5-2500k). I have seen cold booting issues rampant and I am wondering which boards are not suffering these issues.

Build plans to be pretty lightweight with 1 graphics card so PCI-e lane spacing shouldn't be too important, but definitely want a quality board.

Any suggestions would be helpful!

Edit: Have access to Microcenter for MB + i5 2500k deals, if applicable.
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I have the vanilla Asus P8P67 board and for 1 card its a great deal. Good clockers and no boot issues with mine.
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Im using this board, it was $99 at MC yesterday..not sure why it went up. Having no problems (yet)
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0354004
I think its pretty much a stripped down ud3p.
They also have a very cheap 4gb kit of DDR3 1333, its MC brand but has a lifetime warranty. $40
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0353218
Edited by Munchkinpuncher - 1/22/11 at 2:43pm
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Originally Posted by BlahBlahBlah;12103686 
Greets folks smile.gif

Doing a build for a fellow and I am wondering what the best price:performance motherboard is for the new Sandy Bridge platform (i5-2500k). I have seen cold booting issues rampant and I am wondering which boards are not suffering these issues.

Build plans to be pretty lightweight with 1 graphics card so PCI-e lane spacing shouldn't be too important, but definitely want a quality board.

Any suggestions would be helpful!

Edit: Have access to Microcenter for MB + i5 2500k deals, if applicable.

Biostar TP67XE.
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post #5 of 9
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The Microcenter bundles seem to be significantly cheaper than any combination of getting the CPU at MC then the Mobo at Newegg so I am pretty much thinking that is my only option.

That leaves me with the two i5 2500k motherboard bundles, first being the UD3P and the other being the ASUS Pro one, will link below to deals.

Anyone recommend which would be better and why? Also going to use the Hyper 212+ and I am hearing reports that there are RAM clearance issues on the Gigabyte board? Cold boots on the ASUS Pro board? Damn new lines being launched..

http://www.microcenter.com/specials/email/CPlanding0121.html?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=E0978%20Computer%20Parts%2020110121&utm_source=ACT_BYO&

Edit: The plain UD3 also has a combo deal, amounting to $300 or so, even cheaper than the other 2..considering this as well!
Edited by BlahBlahBlah - 1/22/11 at 4:06pm
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post #6 of 9
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Originally Posted by ugotd8;12103772 
Biostar TP67XE.

Don't sleep on it...That mobo is a real good surprise thumb.gif

OCWorkBench Review and Biostar TP67XE Compared Against Other P67 Mobos

Since you're shopping @ MC, make your own mobo/cpu bundle biggrin.gif
Edited by drBlahMan - 1/22/11 at 5:27pm
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The asorck p67 extreme 4? Looks and performs great for it's price.
    
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post #8 of 9
Quote:
Originally Posted by drBlahMan;12105294 
Don't sleep on it...That mobo is a real good surprise thumb.gif

OCWorkBench Review and Biostar TP67XE Compared Against Other P67 Mobos

Since you're shopping @ MC, make your own mobo/cpu bundle biggrin.gif

What do you mean by make your own bundle? Can I choose any 2 CPU and mobo at MC and they'll give me a deal on it? I'm thinking about the Asus P8P67 EVO and the i5 2500K.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by AverageGai;12115832 
What do you mean by make your own bundle? Can I choose any 2 CPU and mobo at MC and they'll give me a deal on it? I'm thinking about the Asus P8P67 EVO and the i5 2500K.

The Sandy Bridge deals that MC are offering are not actually a deal from the beginning. If you separate the individual prices of their so-called cpu/mobo bundles, you will see that there is no price drop as if you were buying the cpu or mobo separately.
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