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Hi,
So I'm on a really tight budget, but I still wanted to get a new SB setup, so I wen't ahead and bought 8 GB of some Corsair XMS3 1600 RAM, got them relatively cheap, then I bought a MSI P67A-GD55, still again found one cheap, and I'm still searching for a 2500K, however regarding the MB, did I make a mistake buying that? Should I have bought a Gigabyte UD3 or a ASUS P8P67 Pro instead?
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The GD55 is a fine board. MSI was one of the first manufacturers out with B3 boards so there are plenty of users even on this very forum that can vouch for it.

I've never used MSI before but with the onset of this prior recall, I went with the GD65 because it was out before the competition and I was impatient.

I'm very happy with the board.

Of course you can find people that have had issues with the board. But find me a board with a 100% approval rating and I'll eat my hat. Honestly, I have read of more issues with the ASUS board than with the MSI board.

Check out the Owners Club thread for the board, lots of good info.
Edited by itspreach - 4/22/11 at 9:28am
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post #3 of 17
heres a place that tested them all:

http://www.techspot.com/review/380-i...board-roundup/

i would say you should have prob went the asus one but the msi board is still a great board. it also depends on if you plan to overclock it or not
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I do plan on overclocking, I'm aiming for 4.5GHz, but is that even possible?
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I do plan on overclocking, I'm aiming for 4.5GHz, but is that even possible?
4.5 is very attainable. "OC Genie" gives you 4.2 out-of-the-box.
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4.5 is very attainable. "OC Genie" gives you 4.2 out-of-the-box.
Nice! Well I hope this setup will keep me going for a while Also hoping to max BF3 with my 6950 now
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You will be ok with the board. The item I would be the most cautious over is the RAM, tho it's cheap it's know to have massive DOA.
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You will be ok with the board. The item I would be the most cautious over is the RAM, tho it's cheap it's know to have massive DOA.
I bought them used, so they should be working alright
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So coming from the old 650i days, how do I even overclock? I heard that it's way simpler than overclock on lets say my P5N-E Sli, right?
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So coming from the old 650i days, how do I even overclock? I heard that it's way simpler than overclock on lets say my P5N-E Sli, right?
The owners club thread covers this in great detail.

There are two methods: OC Genie, and standard do-it-yourself.

- OC Genie: With the system powered off, you push the OC Genie button located on the board. When you next power-on the system, it auto-magically overclocks the system for you. In most cases, this results in a 4.2 overclock. Some people aren't happy with OC Genie because they feel that the voltages that are applied are too high for such a modest OC. I'm personally fine with it because the voltages are still in the acceptable range and are significantly lower than your max recommended operating range.

I have done both, manual and OC Genie. My highest stable manual overclock I have attempted is 4.8, which worked fantastically. If I were more hardcore I'd go for 5Ghz but I don't have that many hours in the day, I don't have an endless supply of money, and I'm not that hardcore.

I'm going on 2 months of 24/7 power-on with OC Genie at 4.2 with no issues, great performance and good temps.
Edited by itspreach - 4/22/11 at 10:40am
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