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Hi, I am new to Overclock.net and new to building PC's as well, so I'm a complete noob (been using notebooks all my life). I am currently planning my first ever PC build and have a question about the Mobo and RAM. First, let me list the parts that I'm planning on:

Intel i5 2500K
Asus P8P67
Asus HD6850
Corsair XMS3 2X2GB 1600MHz
Corsair TX650 V2
Corsair A70
WDC Black 500GB SATA3
Sony Optiarc 24X
Cooler Master HAF 912
~ $920 CAD (after tax)

My first question is that there are so many P8P67 mobos (regular, LE, Pro, Deluxe, etc.), and I'm not sure which one to choose. From a budget POV, I see the regular and LE as the better choices, which leads to my second question that the LE supports RAM speed of "1600(OC)". Does this mean the LE mobo cannot support 1600MHz RAM unless I fidget around with the BIOS settings? If this is the case, I'd probably go with the regular P8P67 board since I've no idea how to deal with BIOS stuff...yet.

Also, what is B3?

Sorry for the newbie questions, this really is my first time. Aside from all that, how is my beginner's build? Thanks!
Edited by reyo - 3/22/11 at 11:13pm
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B3 revision is the Intel Cougar Point chipset fix. Originally the first batch of Sandy Bridge boards were shipped with defective designed chipsets that controlled the SATAII ports on the motherboard. Eventually over time there would be a 5-15% chance that your board would fail and your hard drive would stop communicating with the rest of your PC components.

Can't go wrong with P8P67 Pro, any lower boards don't support crossfire/sli combo. If you don't ever plan to go SLI/Crossfire then the standard P8P67 and LE boards would work fine. However if you plan for dual cards stick with Pro or better.
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I see! Thanks! So I should get the B3 then ... (I figured it had something to do with the recall but wasn't sure)

I don't think I will ever go CF/SLI so I will stick with the regular P8P67.

However, can the LE support 1600MHz RAM? It says in the spec sheet "1600(OC)"...
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Corsair XMS3 2X2GB 1600MHz, these are known to be a crap shoot so don't be suprised if you have to RMA them. I would personally recommend G. Skill, Corsair Dominators, Mushkin or hell anything else.

Also there is no point in getting a SATA III HDD, a HDD can't even fill a SATA II connection. I would recommend getting a Samsung F3 spinpoint, they had 1TB for $65 last I saw.

and you will be fine getting 1600 mhz RAM, I would personally go with a GB P67A-UD4-B3 over Asus, but it's choice.
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Thanks, I checked out G. Skill and I think I'm going with the Ripjaws X 2X2GB 1600 for RAM.

As for the mobo...the UD4 is bit out of my budget, how about the UD3? Or I might go with a mATX for budget reasons...
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Originally Posted by reyo View Post
Thanks, I checked out G. Skill and I think I'm going with the Ripjaws X 2X2GB 1600 for RAM.

As for the mobo...the UD4 is bit out of my budget, how about the UD3? Or I might go with a mATX for budget reasons...
here is the info on the different ASUS motherboards.

For budget I would go P8P67. Unless you plan on crossfire / sli in the future.

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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128477 UD3P which has crossfire support.
the other option would be http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131705
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.
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