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Old July 10, 2012, 10:35 AM
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Default Motherboard and ram for the 2500k

Hey,

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.

Any idea?


I'll order from NCIX in a few days.

Thanks

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Old July 10, 2012, 10:51 AM
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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 Gigabyte Z68XP-UD5 LGA 1155 Motherboard Review

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 $56 with 8 hours.
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Old July 10, 2012, 10:59 AM
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I saw this one on NCIX as special order for 280$ :(

Do you know any newer motherboard that is the equivalent for 100-130$?
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Old July 10, 2012, 11:49 AM
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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
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best bang for the buck are the gene-z boards

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Old July 10, 2012, 02:08 PM
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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
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Old July 10, 2012, 08:58 PM
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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
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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.
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you can't find these in stock anymore, but there's a new one on ebay.

GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD5-B3 Motherboard | eBay
hmmm... sold for $77 plus $11 shipping. $88 for a $250 board. too bad ya missed it.
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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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