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I put these in my shopping cart:
CPU... Intel i3-2100 ($124.99)
HDD... WD Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX ($39.99)
ODD... LG GH24LS50 ($21.99)
RAM... G.Skill NS 2x2 F3-10666CL9D (39.99)

and I made a comparison of mobos on Newegg.com.. I can't decide.

ASUS P8H67-M LX
ASRock H67M
Gigabyte GA-H67M-D2-B3
MSI H67MA-E35 (B3)

All come with two SATA3 ports and H67 chipset.

The only noticeable differences are that ASRock H67M is $5 cheaper ($94.99) than others ($99.99), but it supports USB3.0 along with MSI H67MA-E35 (B3). Other than these, I do not see any other significance among them.
Which of these will be the best?

Also, are CPU and other things well-balanced to each other in terms of performance and price?
I will be glad if I could get an alternate for any of these parts for lower price without losing any significant performance level.

I do not play such a quality 3D game. (I wish I can run Sudden Attack perfectly).
My main purpose of this system will be heavy multi-tasking on Photoshop, Excel, Access, Adobe Reader, etc. (usually 20+ windows with 30+ tab-browsing on Firefox and Chrome at the same time). That's why I'm not putting my budget on GPU but instead on more RAM capacity.
Also I want the system VERY quiet. My Acer laptop often went into 'F-1 racing mode,' making me crazy.

+I don't care about my elec bill, but it will be nice if I don't need a large PSU.
+Is G.Skill RAM the best choice for slight OC?


Thanks.
Edited by hso91 - 4/1/11 at 2:18am
post #2 of 7
They're so bare Barely any heatsinks...but I'd go with the ASRock out of those, but keep overclocking to the minimum.
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Originally Posted by jellis142 View Post
They're so bare Barely any heatsinks...but I'd go with the ASRock out of those, but keep overclocking to the minimum.
Can't overclock anything in the 2xxx series if it doesn't have a K behind it

Personally I'd take the Asus, but they'll all be pretty much the same in performance. So it's personal preference really.
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Do you see yourself using USB 3.0? If yes, get the ASRock (it's ASUS, but cheaper?) If not, I would go with the Gigabyte, but only because I am biased. I've had 4 Gigabyte MoBos and all have worked without problems.
 
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I didn't know he was using a non-k CPU till now They all accept up to 16Gb, and are relatively the same except for an additional PCI-e slot on the Gigabyte.
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am I not able to overclock RAM with non-K CPU?
post #7 of 7
The -k at the end of Sandy Bridge just separates models that can be overclocked or not. RAM can be overclocked on any of those boards.
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