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I have a few questions and comments.

One, I didn't know where to post this. It's somewhat general.

But, I guess I should look at the motherboards first.

First of all, I have a LGA 775 system, currently. I am wondering if it's a good idea to upgrade. I have sell off what I have, though, I think, to afford it. I have a P45 mobo, Q6600 and 4GB of DDR2 RAM.

I would like to move to a DDR3 system.

I am wondering if it is feasible or a good idea to go for a cheap 1155 system. Can I get a decent system for cheap? I thought $350 to $400 total for it all.

I just know I want 8GB of RAM. I don't necessarily need to overclock and I won't be gaming. I keep reading that the i5-2500k is the best deal, though.

I was looking at Gigabyte and MSI motherboards. I am not sure which one, though...so many!

I prefer a board that has the right-angle SATA ports and that it has at least USB 3.0. Nice to be a bit up to date. Also, some boards have the extra 2 SATA 6GB. Should I care enough to get a board that has the extra ones?

I notice that Z68 boards still seem to cost a bit more. I think I'd like the ones that include the integrated video. I have an old video card, an older Nvidia GeForce 7xxx series card so I thought I might go with the integrated video for now. Does it matter?

I would upgrade the video later since I'm undecided whether to go Nvidia or ATI and I don't know what grade of card to get anyway... probably $100 card.

Can anyone recommend some boards or ideas?

I have a PCI sound card as well but it seems there's mixed reviews on whether the onboard sound is sufficient. I just know that the Realtek sound is usually audio hardware and it's either RTL889 or 892?

I guess the only other comment I can think of is that of budget. I thought $100 to $120 as the limit for the mobo so that I could go with an i5 processor. If I go for a more expensive mobo, I might have to go with the i3-2100T. Then upgrade later? I figure DDR3 RAM (8GB) is about $80?

Main computer uses: surfing, video (movies), virtualization, 3D (eventually), maybe minor gaming

I preferred the P67 or Z68 mobo since it allows the option of easier overclocking.

Hopefully, this thread will be interesting enough for some suggestions.
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I got my cpu+mobo+ram for less than $400.
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$400 for EVERYTHING?
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Ok. That's very specfic on what you want. Only thing is your budget... That's a little limiting. But we shall see. I will use USD prices, because I don't think you want AU.

So we shall go a gigabyte board, with 8GB ram and i5-2500k.

The i5-2500k http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115072 = $224

The Gigabyte Mainboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128493 = $169

Already over the budget, but i'll add ram in anyways.

Corsair Ram http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820233144 $94
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The i5 cpu I can get for $200 + change. The RAM I can find for $80 but I need to order online to get any deals or discounts.

The mobo, though, is tough to choose.... too many.

I'm in Canada, btw. I thought to get a Z68 since it offers more options than the H67. They are a bit more expensive, though, right?

What's the difference of the Gigabyte motherboards between the one posted and this one?:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128502

Z68A v.s. Z68X?

Edit: oh, this one might be one? The Z68X has 4 x SATA 6Gb/s v.s. 2
Edited by noobee - 5/23/11 at 9:31pm
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$400 for EVERYTHING?
Me?

I am trying to get it under $400.

I will reuse my case, Antec 300 and 520w CPU. I hope my psu is enough.

I have 2 1TB HDDs for storage, one 1TB that I'll use for the OS (can't afford a SSD yet) and an extra 500GB HDD.
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post #7 of 20
Go for p67, the UD7 P67 is $40 less than the Z68 UD7 for no reason what-so-ever

IMO, the P67 is defiantly a better deal. I just with the sandy bridge boards had more than 4 RAM slots...

The only big difference between P67 ans Z68 is integrated GPU and ssd caching
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Go for p67, the UD7 P67 is $40 less than the Z68 UD7 for no reason what-so-ever

IMO, the P67 is defiantly a better deal. I just with the sandy bridge boards had more than 4 RAM slots...

The only big difference between P67 ans Z68 is integrated GPU and ssd caching
What do I use for video, then?

The SSD caching advantage with the Z68 boards is only for the smaller capacity SSDs or something like that? It's applicable to only certain drives or situations?
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I have a few questions and comments.

One, I didn't know where to post this. It's somewhat general.

But, I guess I should look at the motherboards first.

First of all, I have a LGA 775 system, currently. I am wondering if it's a good idea to upgrade. I have sell off what I have, though, I think, to afford it. I have a P45 mobo, Q6600 and 4GB of DDR2 RAM.

I would like to move to a DDR3 system.

I am wondering if it is feasible or a good idea to go for a cheap 1155 system. Can I get a decent system for cheap? I thought $350 to $400 total for it all.

I just know I want 8GB of RAM. I don't necessarily need to overclock and I won't be gaming. I keep reading that the i5-2500k is the best deal, though.

I was looking at Gigabyte and MSI motherboards. I am not sure which one, though...so many!

I prefer a board that has the right-angle SATA ports and that it has at least USB 3.0. Nice to be a bit up to date. Also, some boards have the extra 2 SATA 6GB. Should I care enough to get a board that has the extra ones?

I notice that Z68 boards still seem to cost a bit more. I think I'd like the ones that include the integrated video. I have an old video card, an older Nvidia GeForce 7xxx series card so I thought I might go with the integrated video for now. Does it matter?

I would upgrade the video later since I'm undecided whether to go Nvidia or ATI and I don't know what grade of card to get anyway... probably $100 card.

Can anyone recommend some boards or ideas?

I have a PCI sound card as well but it seems there's mixed reviews on whether the onboard sound is sufficient. I just know that the Realtek sound is usually audio hardware and it's either RTL889 or 892?

I guess the only other comment I can think of is that of budget. I thought $100 to $120 as the limit for the mobo so that I could go with an i5 processor. If I go for a more expensive mobo, I might have to go with the i3-2100T. Then upgrade later? I figure DDR3 RAM (8GB) is about $80?

Main computer uses: surfing, video (movies), virtualization, 3D (eventually), maybe minor gaming

I preferred the P67 or Z68 mobo since it allows the option of easier overclocking.

Hopefully, this thread will be interesting enough for some suggestions.
i5-2500k $215 http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?...155-CPU-Retail

Mobo Z68: GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 $127.99 http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?...TX-Motherboard

or GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3-B3 $105.99 http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?...TX-Motherboard

or
P67: ASRock P67 Pro3 B3 LGA1155 $129.99 http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?...TX-Motherboard

any 1333-1600mhz 8gb ddr3 <1.65v is fine $80-100
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Will ivybridge processors fit/work in P67 or Z68 boards?
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