Motherboard and ram for the 2500k
I'm working on a new build with the 2500k CPU.
I'm trying to find a good motherboard that will run 8GB 1600+ for 100-130$.
I heard the sandy bridge from z68 is the best bang for the buck but every motherboard I find is either out of order or theres no compatible ram.
I'll order from NCIX in a few days.
you can't find these in stock anymore, but there's a new one on ebay.
GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD5-B3 Motherboard | eBay
i have this board and love it. although, this is the b3 version, which means no onboard video.
here is the canucks review http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum...rd-review.html
the board is a monster. 20 phase vrm. i bought mine on ebay too for $117. they are normally $250 or so. the current bid on this one is $56 with 8 hours.
I saw this one on NCIX as special order for 280$ :(
Do you know any newer motherboard that is the equivalent for 100-130$?
not sure as far as other boards go.
that is why i suggested the ebay option for that board. they are quite expensive otherwise.
also, you can run your 2500K on the newer z77 boards. there's a lot more options for those available. only small differences between the z68 and the z77
best bang for the buck are the gene-z boards
overclocked 4 stix to 2270mhz:punk:
Personally don't see the need for oc'ng ram but you might want to look into this ram kit
Newegg.ca - SAMSUNG 8GB
Low-profile but oc's quite well
+1 for gene z
Even if ram is not listed on the manufacturer page as being compatible, they most likely will still work
Okay, I am a little confused. You say that you are looking for a motherboard that takes the i5-2500K CPU, uses DDR3-1600 RAM, and which goes for under $130. Is that all?
All I had to do was go to the NCIX website & look at the page for "motherboards / socket 1155". Once I sorted by price, I immediately saw that there were three possibles, one just slightly above $130; they are the MSI Z77A-G43, the Gigabyte Z68MA-D2H-B and the ASUS P8Z77-V Lk. You can see all three by scanning the page:
Motherboards Gigabyte, ASUS, Intel, MSI/MicroStar, ASRock
My bad. I must have been looking at a different page. The page link I gave above shows a lot more motherboards in your price range than just the three I cite.
For that price-point I would say get something second hand.. Your looking at very low end boards which will reduce your ability to oc for that price(new).
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