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Best mobo for this specific setup?

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I was doing some cleaningwork on my pc this week and unfortunately broke a pin off of my p8p67 pro board.

This obviously results in having to buy a new board, but it's been a while since i last read up on them and the p8p67's

aren't sold anymore. Seeing as i need my pc to be up and running again ASAP i also do not have the time to do a lot of

research, so I was hoping for a little help. I'm looking for a budget board for about 100-150 euro's with proper OC abilities. This motherboard is the last component that will be changed as I will not upgrade the system anymore before buying a completely new one in a couple of years. Hence im looking for the perfect fit for this setup.

 

I will list everything about my setup as i'm not 100% sure what matters and what doesn't.

My pc is currently equipped with the following components:

 

Casing:

-CM Storm Scout Case.

-OCZ TX750M PSU.

-Scythe kaze Master Pro Fan Controller.

-3x 120mm fan, 2x 140mm fan, 1x80mm external fan.

-1x dvd writer.

 

Components:

-i5 2500k Processor.

-Scythe Mugen 2 CPU Cooler.

-2x XFX hd6870 Black Ed. (Crossfire).

-2x Corsair 4 GB module's (CMV4GX3M1A1333C9).

-2x Corsair 2 GB module's (CMV4GX3M2A1333C9).

-1x Samsung 840 EVO 250Gb SSD.(MZ-7TE250).

-1x Western Digital SATA 2.0Tb HDD (WD20EARS).

 

It would be of great help if any of you would share your knowledge with me.

 

 

 

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Can you list a few retailers where you can shop (preferably online)? That way we can see what things cost in your neck of the woods. :)

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It depends... if you MIGHT upgrade to a Ivy-Bridge later (which I doubt since the difference is quite small)

 

You have at Azerty the Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3, The ASUS P8Z68-V, MSI Z77A-GD55 (Ivy bridge compatible)

 

At Alternate and 4launch.nl, you have the Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H, ASUS P8Z77-V LK AND MSI Z77A-G45 GAMING.  (all Ivy bridge compatible)

 

Those are all around 120-130 euros. To be fair, pick one you want, that you have good customer service at the other end.

 

I had 2 Asus boards fail on me quickly, but it can be anything, and customer service has been good. Nothing but positive

about the Gigabyte, as I have a X58-UD3R and A75M-D2H. MSI in Canada, the shop close to me refuses to deal with them

since they had problems with service in the past.

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I have had some massive luck.

Decided to go with the MSI Z77A-GD65 Gaming board when my colleague suggested I'd buy an unused board he had laying around for 75 euro's. Turns out it's a Asus Z77 Maximus V Extreme board. He had it laying around because he builds pc for people. And the client that wanted that board declined it because 2 leds on the numeric indicator did not work. The company he bought it from didn't want to take it into RMA for that. So at the end of the day I got myself an almost brand new high end board for little money. Lucky me! :D

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Unfortunately i celebrated too soon... Its not a extreme its a gene, which by no means is a bad board but I am concerned about my crossfire hd6870 cards sitting so close together... Is there a solution to this problem or am I just forced to keep searching for a board that better suits my needs? If so then how would the MSI Z77a-gd65 Gaming compare performance wise?

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You won't have any issues. Performance will be identical to all Z77 boards.

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