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hello, my brother want a cheap gaming system, he dont overclock and he want it to last 2 years and be able to upgrade to Ivybridge.

So i suggested him the i 5 2300 on sale for only 175$ , 55$ less than the k model, and again all he do is gaming and surfing, 2300 should be enuff.

His graphic card is an gtx570, he will sli it in the future

My question is what cheap(160$>) and good motherboard out there, that have Sli, good overclocking since who know he might want to OC one day, VERY RELIABLE, should i recommend?
Am thinking Asus p8p67 M Pro
Asrock extreme 4
Msi p67 gd 55
Biostars tp67xe
They are all aroundthe same price from 145 to 160$
If the asus that cost 145$ work as well as the biostars 160$ then ill get the asus one, but need your input on those board.

Also, will 2x gtx 570 bottleneck an i 5 2300? Thank
Edited by Sushimaster - 3/2/11 at 7:38pm
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The Asus board is excellent.

However, in the first sentence you indicated that he doesn't overclock and then later ask for a board with good overclocking?

The 2300 cannot be overclocked more than marginally (and only by manipulating the BLCK, not a great idea...). The turbo mode in the motherboard will increase the clockspeed but it tops out pretty quick.

For $55, the 2500k is worth every penny.

2 570's will not bottleneck a processor if it is clocked high enough. As I mentioned, the 2300 only ramps up to a certain level under turbo mode.
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I would get the asus. Out of the four brands listed here, asus is the most reliable and best performing imo. Also, asus has fantastic customer service and warranties. I've heard good things about the p8p67 as well, it seems that that is what everyone is building with.
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The Asus board is excellent.

However, in the first sentence you indicated that he doesn't overclock and then ask for a board with good overclocking?
Yeah, he dont oc but usely good oc board also meant very good quality and realibity too, and he might oc in the future, who know lol =D
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About my second question, can 2 gtx 570 bottleneck an i 5 2300?
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