What motherboard do I need for 2500K?

By Yoshiki
Jun 27, 2011
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  1. Hi all i'm new in this forum and have a question for you .
    I want change my processor with a Core i5 2500K.
    I need change my motherboard cause i have AMD processor.
    I have a small budget, approximately 150£.
  2. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,672   +9

  3. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

    I presume you are in the UK (judging by the £)
    You need not spend £150 unless you have an overwhelming need for eSATA and a boatload of USB and SATA ports. since most P67 or Z68 boards have roughly the same performance -including overclocking (which is why you opted for the "K" unlocked CPU I expect)

    All of these budget boards are good performers.
    MSI P67A-GD53 (B3) (£104) -review here or -GD55 for £120 (same board with a front panel USB3.0 header).
    If you are looking at using the CPU's graphics then the board that Ritwik suggested would be a good choice. Also handy if you upgrade graphics cards regularly -you can sell the previous card to finance the purchase of the next, and use the onboard video while you wait for the new card.

    If you're looking for a few more bells-and-whistles then:
    Asus P67 Sabertooth (£148) is a very good performer and ships with a 5 year warranty.[review 1],[review 2],[review 3]
    Asus P8Z68-V PRO (£149) if onboard video is important to you.[review 1],[review 2], [review 3]
    The Gigabyte boards are also well appointed, but seem a little expensive in the UK compared with the Asus and MSI boards with comparable feature sets.

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