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So I'm building my first pc ever but I need some help. My knowledge of computer stuff is a tad (and when I say tad I mean mega) poor. I have absolutely no idea on which motherboard to get.

I bought my i5 2500k a few days ago and friend of mine told me to go with a P67 and a B3? whatever those are.. My budget is around $150ish but I'm willing to pay a little more if it's worth it or a little less if it's not.

So can you guys help me out?
post #2 of 6
i5 2500k uses a 1155 socket...so any 1155 mobo will be fine.

here is a whole selection of it:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...ame=LGA%201155
post #3 of 6
P67 is the chipset, B3 is the revision of the chipset that works right. Initially the P67 boards were recalled because of SATA controller problems, but now the B3 boards fix that.

Look no further than the Biostar TP67XE. $140, it's an awesome motherboard with good quality components and supports dual video cards at x8/x8 (which is what you want if you run two of them) while some cheaper boards only do x16/x4 (which is slower).

One of our great forum members, el gappo, did a review of it over on Benchtec. He took his 2500k to over 5ghz

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Well, You need to just go to the site or shop where u want to buy that motherboard, and first thing to do is make sure the motherboard has a Socket 1155. These are P67 motherboards, The B3 stepping of the motherboard is to make sure you have a good one, the previous steppings had problems with the SATA2 Ports.

if you want to run multiple Graphic cards later you can try to find a board with 2 or more PCI-e x16 slots. most Socket 1155 motherboards have 4 DDR3 dual channel ram slots. so the only important thing here is the Socket 1155 for your SB i5 2500k here.

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.as...P67%20Extreme4

This is a example of a good board.
furthermore, if im forgetting something important someone else will add it in the next posts

goodluck on getting a board
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I would go with the MSI P67A-G45 (B3): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130582 $140 + free shipping. It's a good board. Too bad you didn't say $180, or I'd of recommended mine.
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Ugh I can't decide! I'm torn between the ASRock extreme4 p67 and BIOSTAR TP67XE.
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