Good motherboard for an i5-2500k, HD 6950?

By Ehremir
Feb 29, 2012
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  1. What would be a good motherboard to go with this:

    Intel Core i5 2500k
    2x G.SKILL 4 GB DDR3-1600, F3-12800CL9S-4GBRL
    Amd/Ati Radeon HD 6950 2GB
    ATX PowerLine 650W retail 2xPCIeX 120mmF

    ... btw, this is going to be my future build... So if u have some good critics, what to change, and to stay in the price range, you'r welcome to say it :) I dont know so much about computer hardware. :)
  2. Buckshot420

    Buckshot420 TS Enthusiast Posts: 301

    What is your budget for the total build? What is your budget for the board? First you need to get rid of that PSU and get one that will allow you to SLI/crossfire in the future. Are you in the Philippines?
  3. Ehremir

    Ehremir TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Approximately 700-750 euro. MAYBE 800.

    Where i live, my build costs as follow:

    Intel Core i5 2500k - 250 euro
    2x G.SKILL 4 GB DDR3-1600, F3-12800CL9S-4GBRL - 50 euro
    Amd/Ati Radeon HD 6950 2GB - 280 euro
    ATX PowerLine 650W retail 2xPCIeX 120mmF - 60 euro

    So, that costs 640 euro... so my budget for the motherboard and/or some changes to the upper build: 110 euros.

    No, i live in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Europe.

    And what should i choose then? For the graphic card i havent planned to give more then 300 euro.
  4. Buckshot420

    Buckshot420 TS Enthusiast Posts: 301

    I definitely recommend the 2500k. Is this a gaming build? My build on that budget would look something like this. Im assuming you have a case ($50 and up), sata optical drive ($18) OS already as I didn't factor that into the build. A little swapping and I could easily fit a case and sata oem optical in this budget.
    i5-2500k $225
    ASUS P8Z68-V $189
    Corsair XMS3 1600 8g $50
    EVGA GTX 570 1.25gig SC $330
    Crucial M4 128g SSD $165
    Corsair TX 750w PSU (so you can SLI in the future) $104.99
    Total = $1064 / 798.6639 euro
  5. Ehremir

    Ehremir TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Yes, i have a case, and a HDD, a Win 7 64bit :) i have all ready a nice working power supply, but it is only 530 W, and i heard that for a good gaming build i need one with atleast 650 W, so i'm getting that too :)

    But i dont plan to SLI or Crossfire at all, at any time in the future, bcs the gain isnt linear , meaning: two graphic cards of 2gb, wouldn't be as powerful as one card of 4gb... so, its pay of more to sell my card, later on, and save up a little bit more money and buy a 4gb right ahead! (ofc, when they come out , that is :) ) XD
    And i think that i rather stay with my Radeon HD 6950 2 GB, then EVGA GTX 570 1.25gig :)

    Is there a good motherboard for my build in the 100-130$ price range ?

    Anyways, i'm wondering, with that build, a good motherboard and case, without overclocking, am i going to need additional fans, then that what come with the processor and graphic card
  6. Buckshot420

    Buckshot420 TS Enthusiast Posts: 301

    The 570 outperforms the 6950 2gb any day of the week. If you want 570 performance in AMD form you will want to go with a 6970. Be warned, those AMD 6000 cards are long if you are using a midtower case. As for the cooling it really depends on the case. I have 7 fans in an antec 300 case...3 intake and 2 exhaust and 2 on my CPU cooler but the Antec 300 is a midtower case but has great airflow. I also use a fan controller so I can adjust the 5 intake/outake fans on the fly when I want to game. Cases generally come with at least 2 fans, some up to 5 are included.

    I have this one and like it a lot.

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