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I am looking at getting a sandy bridge/1155 system.

But, I am not sure how to afford it. :-/ I was considering selling my LGA 775 system either the entire computer or part out. I figure even if I part out, I thought I could get about $280. This is definitely not enough if I want an i5 1155 cpu.

So, these are my options:

a) providing I can raise $280 - I could buy a cheap mobo (cheapest P67/H67/H61) and wait until I have enough for a better mobo

I wasn't going to OC the cpu yet... I was even wondering about under-volting it. Can I do that? That would put less stress on it, right? I thought it would lower the speed to maybe i5-2400S speeds? I didn't want to push it on only an avg. board.

b) I could buy a cheap cpu (i3-2100) and a decent mobo and save up for a better cpu (prefer i5-2500K).

c) I could sell my stuff and then just save up for the decent mobo AND i5-2500K combo - note, I still need DDR3 RAM so factor that in my total price of the upgrade.

I think the total is around $430 for i5-2500K ($200), P67 mobo ($150 - e.g. P8P67) and 8GB of DDR3 RAM ($80).

If I am fortunate to get $300 for my current components, I will still need $130 for the rest. I can probably do it in a pinch but it will kill my wallet.

I am just wondering if it's ok to have the i5-2500K with only an avg. mobo. I know this method means spending extra on a mobo I will eventually sell off but when I'm selling components, I will be selling my main system.

My laptop I use as the backup is old and it's a pretty awful candidate to sub in for the meantime! :-D

Any ideas or suggestions? I don't want to go with AMD bulldozer or 1156... I am content and eager to go with SB. I was impressed with the power output compared to what AMD seems to offer and I don't really want to wait for ivy bridge. I am afraid of what might occur to the value of my current 775 components and I would like to increase my RAM - I want to use virtualization. I don't want to invest in more DDR2 memory.

See my dilemma?

HELP?!?
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post #2 of 9
I have a vanilla P8P67 and it's no slouch. The main thing i miss is SLI. That's it.

You could always hold out and save the $130 extra, see what bulldozer has to offer too.
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I have a vanilla P8P67 and it's no slouch. The main thing i miss is SLI. That's it.

You could always hold out and save the $130 extra, see what bulldozer has to offer too.
I read a review on SB9xx boards (990) and although they were using an AMD AM3 cpu, the power output was particularly high.

I think sandybridge/1155 will turn out to be more efficient and I don't want to wait for ivy bridge which is probably a year away. I think bulldozer might be a bit cheaper but it does seem like power consumption will be a bit higher.

Of course, I don't know for sure but if I prefer SB, what should I do?
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Alright first of all, this isn't going to work.
Don't get a i3-2100 or a cheap mobo now, and upgrade later.
You end up losing money, extra work, and new technology comes out.
Either save until you have a good amount of money to work with ($600-800) or buy a really cheap AMD machine.
Go to the deals section and find some deals that are helpful. Microcenter helps a ton.
Also, the MSI P67A-G43 is around $124 and its a really great board. I'm using it currently, and got my i5 to go 4.5 GHz just fine. It also sports x8/x8, and other great features.

One more note, get 4GB RAM for $30-40 instead of 8.
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^yea just save up and wait until you have enough fund for everything. you'll regret cheaping out for stuffs. i know i did
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For a good budget p67 mobo I would recommend the Asrock p67 extreme4.
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GIGABYTE P67A-UD4

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128478

best looking and best performing for the buck. No need to spend extra on over priced Asus Rampage iii, etc...
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$403 shipped for my current CPU, Mobo, and DDR3....and now, it may even be cheaper. I sold my Q9650, EP45-UD3P, ddr2-1066 (8GB) for a $400 package so my new setup only hit my wallet a mere $3
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$403 shipped for my current CPU, Mobo, and DDR3....and now, it may even be cheaper. I sold my Q9650, EP45-UD3P, ddr2-1066 (8GB) for a $400 package so my new setup only hit my wallet a mere $3
HEY! No fair.... how did you do that?!? LOL!

Did you sell locally or part it out? Do you think I can get close to that or should I be able to?: P5Q, Q6600, 4GB DDR2 RAM.... I have less RAM (4GB less) and perhaps, your mobo is more popular, I dunno.

You guys like the SB Gigabyte motherboards, huh? What do you think of the BIOS? The TouchBIOS?!? Gigabyte doesn't have UEFI, right? Is that much of a con or maybe not an issue? I guess you decided it wasn't by buying it....

I suspect I can't get near $400 but I hope to get more than $300. If not, I have to find $100....
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