Help me choose motherboard for i5 2500k cpu

djronbxs

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Hi,

I have the choice for the below motherboards, can you please help me choose the best one for the mentioned cpu ?

Asrock H67M-B3
ASROCK H61M/U3S3
ASUS P8H61
Asus P8H67-M PRO
Gigabyte H67M-UD2H

Obviously any suggestions are welcome !

thanks
ronald
 

BoomerD

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Are you going to use the IGP or a separate video card?

Are you planning to overclock the processor?

Based on the boards you have listed, I'd guess NO to both questions since those all are for on-board video and no overclocking...BUT, it's always worth asking...

Why not go for Z68 chipset motherboard ?

Another good question...
 

stahlhart

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Not sure I understand why you're going with a K processor with those board options. (?)
 

djronbxs

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Hi,

regarding the video card if the onboard video card will be decent I will stay with that for the time being. Regarding the cpu, if there will be the possibility of some overclocking (not extreme overclocking) I will do it. So can you suggest me some motherboards ? Also from where I saw the Gigabyte H67M-UD2H they are saying that with this motherboard is possible to overclock to 4.6Ghz !!!
 

djronbxs

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this computer is going to be used for photography. I only need one good video card and some overclocking to get get some fast photo processing.
 

Infrnl

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I would go ASUS or AsRock, or even Biostar. Looks like you are on a budget. I would say go for a cheaper Z68; one that has all the features you are looking for in a board.

H67 will not allow overclocking the cpu and P67 does not have integrated GPU; which leaves you with the Z68.
 

djronbxs

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Hi,

I dont need many pci but I would like the motherboard to be full atx not micro. Also regarding the GPU if I will need to buy a GPU I will buy it, I dont want a motherboard with an integrated graphics necessarly.
 

SandyM

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I just finished my new build - started with an ASRock Extreme 4 - It was crap - RMA'd it and got a Gigabyte z68X-UD3-B3 - Love it! Easy with no problem install and booted right up - I'd highly reccomend this board - you will need a GPU with it.
 
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you2

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Can you expand on how the extreme 4 was "crap". Not suggesting you are mistaken but it would be useful to know the exact flaws you found with the board to see if they are relevant to another's usage.

I just finished my new build - started with an ASRock Extreme 4 - It was crap - RMA'd it and got a Gigabyte z68X-UD3-B3 - Love it! Easy with no problem install and booted right up - I'd highly reccomend this board - you will need a GPU with it.
 

SandyM

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Can you expand on how the extreme 4 was "crap". Not suggesting you are mistaken but it would be useful to know the exact flaws you found with the board to see if they are relevant to another's usage.

One pin in the cpu socket was noticeably longer than the rest so there was no way the cpu could ever function - to me, that equals crap.
 
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CraigRT

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One pin in the cpu socket was noticeably longer than the rest so there was no way the cpu could ever function - to me, that equals crap.

Never tried seating the CPU? It probably would have worked fine honestly.
 

RobDickinson

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Just built a 2500k on asrock p67 pro3, cheap and works well. will allow me to overclock, but not use the HD3000 built in video (which is about geforce 6800 level performance).

If you want to clock and use the built in gpu then you need z68 with a video out port.
 

Naturland

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I have the same question as djronbxs.

I alredy running my system with 2500k, but on a H61 board, and i want to change it for a Z68 or P67 board, but i have no idea which would be the best for me. What im looking for is a good non mATX board, with decent OC features, good PWM managment for coolers, USB3 and Sata3 support and a good integrated audio. I want to use my CPU at 4ghz all the time, but i want to do some test at 4500+.
I have now: 2x2GB A-DATA 1333 1.5V, 2500k, AC Freezer13 pro, Sapphire 5770 1GB, Corsair CX400, 320GB Samsung F1

The boards that fit my budget:
MSI: P67A-C43, P67A-C45
Asrock: P67 pro, P67 pro3, Z68 pro3

Which one to choose?(or any Gigabyte?) My first idea was MSI P67A-C45, but i have read somewhere that MSI boards have problem with power saving under OC, so im a little bit unsure now.
 

dbcooper1

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+1 for the Gigabyte z68X-UD3-B3; just built one and it allows overclock to some extent for even some of the non K (the ones with turbo) and the built in video is fine for photographic use, just not 3d. And the price is right.
 
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Naturland

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+1 for the Gigabyte z68X-UD3-B3; just built one and it allows overclock to some extent for even some of the non K (the ones with turbo) and the built in video is fine for photographic use, just not 3d. And the price is right.

I have bad experience with gigabyte boards. Too high vdroop and the pwm managment was fcked too at P35 and P45 series.