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post #1 of 5
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Heyo,

So I've decided my computer problems are related to my Motherboard/CPU (only thing I haven't/can't test, everything else has been replaced/tested), but it's been so long since I've actively followed hardware news that I honestly can't compare specs easily.

I figure that there are some people here who would be willing to give me some advice on a CPU/Mobo to buy.

Requirements:
  • Quad-core preferred
  • ATX form factor
  • Rock solid at stock speeds. I don't want to buy a cheap board and have it die with no OCing. I do not plan on OCing at all, so overclockability on the motherboard/CPU is the least of my concern.
  • I prefer ASUS/DFI motherboards, but I'm open to anything really.
  • Total budget ~400...really would like to keep this as low as possible.

This is the last upgrade I plan on doing for awhile, other than some DDR3 RAM, as I don't believe they make any non-LGA755 boards with DDR2 (told ya I haven't been following hardware wink.gif), so I want it to last.

Thanks for any advice!

EDIT: Thinking of an i5-2400 + MSI P67A-GD55 + G.Skill 2x2GB 1600 RAM. Looks like it's what I want/need...thoughts?

~Gooda~
Edited by Havegooda - 3/30/11 at 3:50pm
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post #2 of 5
The only thing I would personally change is the board. I've never had an MSI board I liked particularly...could just be coincidence I suppose. Anyway I would look at the ASRock Extreme4...made by a subsidiary of ASUS and reviewed very well. Also I know you've said OCing isn't your deal but keep in mind that a 2500k is probably going to keep making you happy a substantial amount longer simply because those things can OC so easily and go so far. You could get the ASRock and a 2500k within your budget.
post #3 of 5
I had a GD55, It was a beast. Layout is very good, and it feels very high quality.

I say go for it.

I would get a 2500K though, so you can overclock.
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I decided on a 2400...didn't want to spend the extra premium for 200Mhz and the additional $30 for the unlocked mutli since I have no plans on OCing.

Got me some G.Skill DDR3 and a MSI P67A-GD55 as well.

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Good choice. I hope you like it as much as i enjoyed mine.
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RAMHard DriveOSMonitor
1GB DDR 333MHz Samsung Spinpoint 250GB Windows XP Professional 1920X1200 Integrated LCD 
Case
Alienware M9700 chassis 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
Core i7 3615QM @2.3GHz Apple Logic Board Intel HD 4000 Nvidia GT 650M 512MB 
RAMHard DriveOSMonitor
16GB 1600MHz DDR3 500GB Samsung 840  OSX 10.10 1440x900  
PowerAudioAudioAudio
85W PSU Schiit Modi Schiit Magni 2 Über DT770 Pro 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i7 3770K MSI Z77 Big Bang MPower Radeon R9 270X 4X4GB G.Skill  
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
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