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I wanna use and overclock a Core i3, and, possibly later, a 8xx i7 while Ivy Bridge, or 8-core Sandy Bridge comes out. I do not need integrated video, as i'm using discrete cards. I'm looking for a SLI-able mobo, but i don't mind if all i can get is just one PCI-E x16 slot. I need a M-ATX mobo since my case is a M-ATX, so no full ATX. No Mini-ITX's as well, as, even if i don't get 2 PCI-E x16 slots, i want to have a couple PCI/PCI-E x1 slots to plug my sound card (PCI) and tv card (PCI/PCI-E, still deciding). My budget is $100. Wht do you guys recommend me?
Edited by Starbomba - 3/25/11 at 7:36am
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Personally I'd recommend the UD2H from Gigabyte. I benched my i3 at 5.06 on my D2H and the UD2H is better again. I don't know how it handles high TDP processors but it'd be perfect for the i3

Edit: I was stable at 4.6 with 1.6 volts (My i3 was voltage happy ) and the only problem was the i3 degrading

Edit again: UD2H isn't a good board for quads as the power supply circuitry isn't up to them and there's not much cooling to speak of (I had some heatsinks I had lying around on mine). How does this look? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...2E16813130264R
There's a review here http://www.overclockers.com/msi-h55med55-review/
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Actually, that board, along with the EVGA P55V, GIGABYTE GA-H57M-USB3, ASUS P7H55-M PRO and MSI H55M-ED55 all got my eye. I could even pick a ASRock H55M-LE which i could buy locally. But, from those, i want to pick up the best overclocker with an aftermarket HS (the one on my sig). I wish to take my i3 to at least 4 GHz (considering stock clocks are 3.2, i doubt it'd be too hard). About slots, of course SLI is preferred, but if the best overclocker only has one PCI-E x16, then so be it, and i'd use my second 450 GTS in my C2D. Also, as long as i have one PCI and a PCI-E/PCI where to plug my cards, i do not mind about it.

EDIT: lolcoincidence, i didn't read your second edit, yet i chose the same MSI board
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