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drop down to a http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128477 UD3P which has crossfire support.
the other option would be http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131705
I personally switched from Asus to Gigabyte for a multitude of reasons and Gigabyte boards are VRD 12 compliant. If you don't need or wont use USB3 then you could get a UD3, USB3 is going to be more mainstream later.

both options put you about $10-15 more at 160-165
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This is my shopping cart thus far (still no mobo):

GIGABYTE GV-R695D5-2GD-B Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with ...
Item #: N82E16814125356
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Antec TruePower New TP-750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

I want a mobo that wont bottleneck anything I have listed above, seems like most of the intel mobos in my price range on newegg only support higher than 1333 MHz FSB with a OC - is this something I should worry about? Or is the ram that I have + CPU good to go to OC up to at least 1600 (or higher)? I really have no idea as to what mobo I should get - other than brands; ASUS, GB & MSI - I've heard are all good, but could i get something a little cheaper like a biostar or will I end up paying for it later with less features/bad performance?

I want USB 3.
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post #13 of 48
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Originally Posted by jerred121 View Post
This is my shopping cart thus far (still no mobo):

GIGABYTE GV-R695D5-2GD-B Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with ...
Item #: N82E16814125356
Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy

Antec TruePower New TP-750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

I want a mobo that wont bottleneck anything I have listed above, seems like most of the intel mobos in my price range on newegg only support higher than 1333 MHz FSB with a OC - is this something I should worry about? Or is the ram that I have + CPU good to go to OC up to at least 1600 (or higher)? I really have no idea as to what mobo I should get - other than brands; ASUS, GB & MSI - I've heard are all good, but could i get something a little cheaper like a biostar or will I end up paying for it later with less features/bad performance?

I want USB 3.
Sandybridge dont overclock with fsb, It's completely different. Your prety much guaranteed to reach 4.5ghz with any p67 1155 mobo by uping the multiplier and voltage, Just make sure its a p67 not a h67 mobo if you plan to overclock on it. There are plenty of overclocking threads on sandybridge so get your popcorn ready

The ram you have is a great choice.
Edited by Chewy - 3/23/11 at 1:24pm
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post #14 of 48
I personally would go with either 1 of the 2 boards i listed just prior, 1 is Gigabyte other is Asus. I tend to stay away from the other brands as the quality of parts normally suck and have had issues not too long ago. MSI and Biostars catching fire with bad quality VRM's is just one example, although they were mainly with AMD boards, it still just goes to show the quality of parts they use. Asus support has gone to beyond crap.
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So with that ram and the right mobo, what could I expect to get out of it? Whatever the mobo is rated at? Forgive me for my noobishness, I am a OC'ing virgin and haven't built a gaming rig since 2003!!!
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post #16 of 48
I would expect 5Ghz with either. Just about all P67 boards can net you around 5Ghz +/- 0.2 Ghz

Depending on how high you are taking the OC will also depend on your cooler. This also will depend on your chip and how much vcore it needs to hit your target OC.
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Should I more quality/quantity RAM? If so what would you guys suggest I look for?
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post #18 of 48
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So with that ram and the right mobo, what could I expect to get out of it? Whatever the mobo is rated at? Forgive me for my noobishness, I am a OC'ing virgin and haven't built a gaming rig since 2003!!!
5ghz is touch and go and not nearly 50% can reach it although with your mobo choice i am afraid you get what you pay for.

If your aiming for a high overclock try to get a board with as many cpu power phases as you can afford as you will see the pricier the board the more phases it has, generally meaning it's more capable of holding a stable overclock but you dont need to go mad just dont get the cheapest board either.

My opinion on asus is good and the previous prolems they were having with their motherboards has cleared up with their release of "B3" generation of motherboards you will see this on any new p67 motherboard make sure its "B3 revision"

I personally recommend asrock not only because i own one but it has great specs for its price bracket.
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post #19 of 48
the RAM you have selected will work just fine and since your on a tighter budget is good. If you had a little more wiggle room I'd suggest bump it up to 1866.

EDIT
Read up on http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/mem...sandy-bridge/1 you can decide from there.
Edited by bratas - 3/23/11 at 1:41pm
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post #20 of 48
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Should I more quality/quantity RAM? If so what would you guys suggest I look for?
Gskill ripjaws are known to be one of the best there is,and 1600mhz ram is the sweet spot 2333 mhz ram gives no noticeable diffrence in performance. Your far better spending extra money on a good motherboard "platform" to place all these quality parts onto

You will be hard pushed to reach 4gb usage of ram in normal usage even in games on the highest detail so i think 8gb is more than enough
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