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Hi, I plan to upgrade to an i5 2500k in May. I know Bulldozer is right around the corner, but I've always had AMD CPUs so I thought I would give Intel a try.

Anyways, at the moment, I'm torn between the Asus Sabertooth, ASRock Fatal1ty, and EVGA P67 FTW.

I'm liking the looks of the Sabertooth, but I don't think the green on the board will look that good in my red/black themed build.

The Fatal1ty is great and all, but I don't think I can stand the branding on it. His face on the BIOS screen, the logo everywhere, etc.

And the EVGA P67 FTW seems like it's what I'm leaning towards right now, but I don't even know when it's gonna be out.

What do you think? Should I just wait for the EVGA one?

Also, do you have any suggestions for other black/red colored mobos I could take a look at?

Thank you!

PS: A bit off topic, but Corsair Dominator GT RAM at 1.65v should work with Sandy Bridge mobos, right?
post #2 of 19
The Asus M4E has the red & black theme, but is also the most $.
Gigabyte's are all black, they go with anything.
The dom GTs will work with sandy bridge, depending on the version & speed they may have trouble with some boards running the rated speed (1866 is fine, more can be tricky).
    
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The Asus M4E has the red & black theme, but is also the most $.
Gigabyte's are all black, they go with anything.
The dom GTs will work with sandy bridge, depending on the version & speed they may have trouble with some boards running the rated speed (1866 is fine, more can be tricky).
My heart skipped a beat when I saw the Asus M4E back at the release of SB, but then it sank when I noticed it was an E-ATX board and will not fit in my case.

Do you know if Asus has any plans on releasing more RoG boards for SB that will be ATX form factor?

I'm looking at the Gigabyte UD ones, but I don't really like the blue or orange on the heatsinks (yeah, I know, I'm OCD about these things T.T).

As for the RAM, that's great to hear. I was planning on getting a set of DDR3 1866 ones.
post #4 of 19
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What do you guys think of this one?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...ostar%20tp67xe

It seems to be not as high quality, but do you guys think it's still pretty reliable?

How's the OC capability on it?
post #5 of 19
I'm not sure how many more p67 boards are going to come out after Evga releases. Gigabyte has already stopped doing p67 to get producing the z68 series, other companies may follow suit, no real idea yet.
Buying new memory you should be fine, I was thinking of my EOL version GT kits, they work fine at 1866 but have trouble with my board at 2133 even though they can do it easily on x58. The Dom GT version in stores now has PSC made ICs, p67 is happy with them.
    
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Should I even bother waiting for the Z68 boards? What features do they have over the P67?

Because at the moment, all I'm planning to do is game on my build. I only use an SSD (don't think it even requires SATA III to fully take advantage of it), HDD, and optical drive for my SATA ports.

I'm using a dedicated GPU as well.
post #7 of 19
Overclocking is mostly in the cpu with sandy bridge, think just about any p67 board can get up to 5Ghz as long as the cpu can do it.
Board choice is more about getting the features & the look you're after, although it doesn't hurt to get an idea of what options/limits might be in the BIOS.
    
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I'm not completely sure on this, but I think the main difference in the z68 boards is that the board can still overclock while using (& overclocking) the integrated GPU.
Right now p67 overclocks, but can't use the IGP. H67 can use the IGP, but board can't overclock (maybe a bit, but not like p67).
    
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I'm not completely sure on this, but I think the main difference in the z68 boards is that the board can still overclock while using (& overclocking) the integrated GPU.
Right now p67 overclocks, but can't use the IGP. H67 can use the IGP, but board can't overclock (maybe a bit, but not like p67).
Yeah, I just did a little google search and they're also adding some SSD caching feature.

I'm not too sure how it works exactly.

Not sure if I should wait any longer. I've already waited for the revised motherboards and I don't think I'm going to go with Bulldozer.

Right now, all that's stopping me from picking up my parts is the mobo.

It's so hard to find one I like when I'm so picky D:
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I'm also building a red/black themed system and getting the Fatal1ty board. It seems like the nicest board for the money with that color scheme.
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