Best Gaming Mobo for an I5 2500k?

LQ4594

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Hey guys, i was just wondering what is the overall best mobo for an I5 2500k for gamers? preferably with 2 PCI-E 2.0 x16 slots for SLI-ing my system in the future :D
 
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Barring any last minute changes by Intel , yes.

That's the whole reason they have PCI-E 3.0 support, even those Sandy Bridge only supports 2.0. So that when Ivy Bridge adds 3.0 they will be able to run at that frequency.

Yargnit

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Well first off you'll only be running the two slots in x8 mode with a video card in both because of the maximum amount of available PCI-E lanes on the LGA1155 CPU's, but there's less than a 2% performance hit running x8 compared to x16. (Technically you could spend way more on a NF200 equipped board, but it's not at all worth it unless you're going to be using 3 or 4 cards)

What is your budget for the motherboard? If you can afford it the Asus boards are the best way to go. Something like this: ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 But unless you're going to be overclocking past 4.5ghz something like this ASRock: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 is a very popular budget friendly board.

I actually have the ASRock in a 2500k system I built a month ago, and it works wonderfully. (2500k @ 4.2, 16GB, GTX560ti) The Asus will give you twice the available SATA3 & USB3 ports as the ASRock (4 each vs 2 each) and be better at high overclocks. But for moderate overclocking the ASRock board will save you a decent amount of $ to put toward other parts of your system.

Either will support two video cards in x8 mode SLI/Xfire.

FYI you're looking something like this ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z If you really wanted true PCI-E x16 to each video card.
 

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Barring any last minute changes by Intel , yes.

That's the whole reason they have PCI-E 3.0 support, even those Sandy Bridge only supports 2.0. So that when Ivy Bridge adds 3.0 they will be able to run at that frequency.
 
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