budget moterboard for 2500k

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  1. Conan

    Conan Member Guru

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    Thinking about switching to Intel. Any good budget motherboard with oc capability?
     
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    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271

    Same one I'm getting.

    125$.

    All the features.

    4x SATA 3GB/s
    2x SATA 6GB/s
    12x USB 2.0
    2x USB 3.0(Eh, kinda sucks, but not much uses USB 3.0, and would you need more than two?)
    2x PCI-E x1
    2x PCI
    2x PCI-E x16 2.0 / 3.0(Ivy Bridge).

    Ability to SLi / Crossfire. But you won't ever get Tri-SLI / Tri-Fire or the Quad variant, but then again, you couldn't be going budget if you planned for that.


    Sides that:

    People with some very lucky 2500K's have hit 5-5.2GHZ on this mobo with air. Of course, every chip is different.

    It's a great price, and a great feature set. I was looking at other, more expensive ones, and the only differences were more SATA ports, more USB ports, and a rare dual LAN thing so you can use your computer as a router, neat, but not a real feature. More PCI-E slots, but heck...

    You won't find a better mobo for the price; there certainly are better motherboards, but nothing significantly better unless you wanna hit the 200$ range.
     
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    so anything less then $120 for motherboard isn't gonna give good overclocking?

    i gotta get rid of my amd first
     
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    Correct. most decent entry level boards with your requirements are $150-165.

    the ASRock board mkil mentioned (which i own)

    is quite simply the best board in it's price range.
     

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    Oh, I didn't say that...

    I'm certain there are Mobos less than 120$ that can OC pretty well; but the Asrock, featurewise, is already pretty minimum.

    Do you really want to go lower than that?

    125$ is very cheap for such a quality motherboard, and in general, going even cheaper won't net good results in the long run.

    125$ Mobo + 30$ RAM + 220$ CPU = 375$. Pretty amazing for the insane performance a 2500K will give, far more than any AMD offering.

    If there is a Microcenter close to you, you can pick a 2500K up in store for 180$ normally; and 150$ during the Holiday season. Saving you even MORE money.

    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0354589

    They've had it on sale as low as 150$ alot recently. It's a one hour drive there, and back for me, but even factoring in gas, that's 75$ I'm saving, and maybe 15$ in gas? So I still save a pretty penny.
     
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    that ram will be fine with intel..

    sell the board for $75, and CPU for $75. should be good.
     
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    nahh i'm shooting for $200 seems like people are interested.

    $110 for cpu and $90 for mobo. i know it's a bit high for a used but if you buy it right now you looking at $230 for this bundle with shipping. And my hardware is only 1 month old/ free of dust :)
     
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    Take what you can get haha.
     
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    AMD is ok. But i just can't stand to see people with 2500k flying at 4.5 GHz when i'm getting BSOD with 3.8Ghz :nerd: I know i need to spend more time in bios but ijust dont get it why is it so difficult HT NB CPU-NB MY-ASS!
     

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    get as close as u can to 3GHZ on the NB..
     
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    and btw i got not the best 955 it need 1.5 to get stable at 3.8Ghz
     
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    i assume you have the C2?

    i sitll have a phenom II X 955 C2. does 3.9GHZ at 1.55V.
     
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    no it's C3 and that's what's killing me
     
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    AMD is cheap, that is why they do not perform, or OC as well.

    Intel is more expensive due to the quality, and the OCing ability on Sandy-bridge is nuts.

    5.2GHZ on air, is rare, but has been done. That's almost a 2GHZ OC. Freaking nuts.

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    You're asking way to much for the CPU though. Hogwash that it is. :p

    Also, the cheapest Z68 1155 Mobo I can find is BioStar:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138319

    I would recommend getting the Asrock over it though, easily.
     
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    5.0 is possible on high end air?
     
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    exactly! 955 can't even pass 1ghz oc. When i had e6600 it easily went from 2.4 to 3.6 that's 1.2Ghz. And here you trying to get 800Mhz and it wont :bang:

    i actually had my e6600 at 3.8Ghz and it did 4Ghz
     
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    Yes. 5.0 is done on Air ALL the time.

    I plan to get a Noctua

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608018

    Many people have hit 5GHZ with this chip and stabled it. However, keep in mind, every 2500K chip is different.

    Some have a limit of 4.5GHZ; some hit 5.2GHZ, some only 4.8(most chips can do 4.8 though, from what I've read.)

    All on air. Though I'd recommend 4.5GHZ really, as even that is already past what anything could use right now. 5GHZ is a sweet magic number, but not everyone will hit it.

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    Conan, that is why AMD CPU's used to be at least 40% cheaper. However, I would consider the 200$ 2500K not nearly high end, very affordable, and OC's insanely well, and performance is ebtter than AMD's 280$ Bulldozer 8150.

    AMD's 1000T model 6 core or whatever is also 190$, 10$ less than the Core i5 2500K, but it's performance is nearly 30% less, and doesn't OC nearly as much.
     
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    5GHZ such a big number!:bigsmile:
     
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    i'm at 4.5GHZ... 66C load and 33C idle with a hyper 212+. no plan to go higher.
     

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