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post #1 of 28
Thread Starter 
Gaming OC rig:

CPU - Core i5 2500k; OCing
RAM - Anything more than 8GB seems useless. 4 slots? Great. 2 slots? That's fine too.
Graphics Card(s) - XFX Radeon 6870; am likely to Crossfire in the future. It wouldn't be any more than 2 though. 3 would be too much power consumption.
SSD - Yes. Although I'm not sure which one I should get at this point. PCIe interface, obviously.
RAID - Yes, RAID 0 with 2 Samung Spinpoint F3s
Sound Card - Yes. PCIe.
Other Cards - MAYBE a networking card. It'd be nice to have a spare slot or two, though.

So what's the best bang for your buck out on the market right now for a OCing, SLi/Crossfire compatible, RAID compliant, SSD-friendly, motherboard? I'm willing to spend whatever necessary. Or is there some sort of wazoo mobo I should wait for that I haven't heard of?


P.S. Some reasoning to your choices would be nice.
post #2 of 28
I would recommend the Asus Sabertooth P67. It has two slots for Crossfire and two x1 slots. Also has four RAM slots that work in dual channel.

For the SSD, are you saying you will use a PCI-e card and plug the SSD into that or will you be going SATA with it? If you're using a PCI-e card, there are no more slots on the Sabertooth for it. It has three x1 slots but one is covered by the main graphics card.
post #3 of 28
lol you and making threads.

Most OC very well, because the OC is all in the CPU now and power delivery is really what is important for OCing P67.

I woudl go ASUS or GB, i have an MSI GD65 and its an OK board but it doesn't run my RAM very well i had a lot of RAM OC problems. OCing normally is ok, their BIOS is a bit weird and has some bugs, but so does asus and gigabyte BIOSes.

MSI, Asus, Asrock, and i am forgetting one other have UEFI graphics BIOSes, while gigabyte and Intel have normal BIOS.

I have a p8p67pro and its a nice board too, but of course i am a gigabyte man, and i liked the UD4 i had, I have a UD7 as well and i love it, but there really is no reason to go for a board with an NF200 chipset unless you want to do some sort of 3 way SLI, or need the extra 16x pci-e slot.

Honestly most boards in the same price range~$200 bucks have the same features, and should OC the same. Honestly my CPUs OC the same on all my boards, except the MSI is a few mhz behind and idk why. As far as RAm goes I can OC very well on the Gigabyte, and decent on the asus when it comes to timings and stability. Of course when I oC i go to 5.2ghz and take my ram upwards over 2200mhz, and i got 21.33mhz divider so i am messing with the BLCK and that can cause problems and really pound the board hard, what does that mean? You aren't going to be OCing like me, there is no point. Get a board in the $200 price range, P8p67 pro, P67A-UD4 whatever you like, also if you have a windows or this is going to be open air do base your purchase on looks, kinda stupid thing to bas ea purchase of any mobo on, but then again the OC is all in the CPU really.

Id recommend:
P67A-UD4
P8p67 pro
msi P67A-GD65

the sabertooth looks like a decent board and I might get one just because i want to see what the heck asus did with the stupid vest/hs. i don't see any reason for it to suck, but i see some problems listed with it, and the truth is most of no all P67 boards have BIOS bugs and that is just the nature of them being early P67 boards.

Are you buying off newegg? because there are limited options at this time.
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post #4 of 28
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Hmm. I'll probably pass on the PCIe SSD. I'm satisfied with an SATA II/III one.
post #5 of 28
C300 is excellent SSD, but then again take a look at the new Corsair SATA6G SSDs. I fyou are going to go P67 you have very good onboard sata6g controller by default so pick an sata6g SSD. I love my C300, over my sandforce microcenter drive which is like the vertex 2.
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post #6 of 28
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lol you and making threads.
I like to see if you guys know your stuff. So far, you guys have been far more helpful than Tom's.
post #7 of 28
yea, forums like andatech, techpowerup, toms, they aren't very informative, the reason because they aren't dedicated to OCing.

Forums like this are dedicated to the one group that knows hardware best, overclockers, we know the hardware better than anyone but the engineers and mobo companies. lol i laugh when people say they have been building systems for years, who cares, so have we, but we torture hardware to death, and do all kinds of crazy crap that we need to know our hardware well. Its a given, every Ocers here knows how to build a stupid computer.
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post #9 of 28
Quoting myself from another thread.

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If you plan on crossfiriring and do not care about x16/x4 I would just get the ASUS P8P67.
If you do want to in the future I would look into the ASUS PRO board.
If you plan on doing some serious OCing I would get the ASUS Deluxe.
Here is a little spread sheet on the ASUS p67 boards. The sabertooth is not on there. I wouldn't get one the 8+2 power phasing is bleh.



Pro is the best buy to be honest.
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post #10 of 28
Asus p8p67 pro or Gigabyte p67a-ud4. Asus Sabertooth p67 is good too, it's what I went with.
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