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Does it matter which mobo you use the i5-2500k with if you're not overclocking right away?

I'm having a hard time deciding on a mobo because of budget and the issues with port/socket options. The PLX chip to be exact. I don't think it would be a problem but I am still unclear about it.

This is what I want to do now:

1) sound/video priority - watching movies, flash video

2) integrated graphics is a benefit - my current video card is a GeForce 7950 GT so I need an upgrade or want one, anyway. I can make do with integrated graphics if it is better than this card and I want the machine to run cooler and on less power anyway.

3) I may want to do some 3D and light gaming later on. But, I don't have the budget currently for a decent video card.

This is my hardware now:
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Audigy 2ZS PCI sound card
Corsair HX520W modular PSU
Antec 300 case

I was going to keep the psu, case and sound card and sell the rest.

I think you'll concur that the other components still have some resale value so I was hoping I could get a good chunk of change to put towards the upgrade.

I thought I'd get an i5-2500k and pair it with a cheap mobo for now. Then get a stick of 4GB DDR3 RAM and get going.

I need a good LAN chip so I was reading and if I have any problems with the Realtek, I could try a dedicated Intel NIC, right?

I figured that a H67/H61 would do for the cpu until I save more money but I think it would be a while to save it up now. If I wait much longer, I am concerned about the resale value of these 775 parts since AMD and Intel will be moving to the next generation somewhat soon (AMD sooner than Intel). Is there reason to go ahead now with my upgrade?

Thoughts? Suggestions? Advice? HELP?
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What do you mean by good LAN chip? I doubt you will have any problems with any board's lan chip, unless you are using it for a specific use.

As far as motherboard suggestions, I would get a mobo with the Z68 chipset in your scenario. What country/state do you live in? Are you ordering from newegg?

As far as selling your rig, my advice would be to try and sell your rig as a whole on craigslist, but make sure you have the LEDs on when you take pictures.
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What do you mean by good LAN chip? I doubt you will have any problems with any board's lan chip, unless you are using it for a specific use.

As far as motherboard suggestions, I would get a mobo with the Z68 chipset in your scenario.
I mean, the Realtek LAN chips get bad reviews or it seems lots of people are sour on it. I figure it's probably a really cheap chip because it's on most motherboards.

I was curious how it does if you game online or download.

Also, I have read that it consumes more power than Intel or the bandwidth(throughput?) is not as good.

I would like to get a Z68 mobo but they are so expensive and many of the boards has that limited bandwidth problem regarding PCI-e lanes? I guess it might not be applicable to me. But, since I am still using a PCI card and would like USB functionality, I need to know what exactly my configuration options would be. I also have some drives I use as external so I would like eSATA functionality as well.

I also thought newer motherboards might come that solves these problems so why spend so much on a current motherboard right now?
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Omega, your components look pretty good. I also thought of using something similar... just get a cheap card and any P67 board.

I advertised my build on kijiji but I only had one interested individual.
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I mean, the Realtek LAN chips get bad reviews or it seems lots of people are sour on it. I figure it's probably a really cheap chip because it's on most motherboards.

I was curious how it does if you game online or download.

Also, I have read that it consumes more power than Intel or the bandwidth(throughput?) is not as good.

I would like to get a Z68 mobo but they are so expensive and many of the boards has that limited bandwidth problem regarding PCI-e lanes? I guess it might not be applicable to me. But, since I am still using a PCI card and would like USB functionality, I need to know what exactly my configuration options would be.

I also thought newer motherboards might come that solves these problems so why spend so much on a current motherboard right now?
Well I don't know of any problems with realtek lan chips, and I am pretty sure most problems or differences are either bullcrap or so small that they aren't noticeable. I don't think this is an issue to consider.

As far as PCI-E lanes this is for people who want to do more than 2 graphic cards, since you can't afford 1, I don't think this is an issue for you.

You could buy a P67 board, and use your GeForce 7950 GT, it just depends what you sell and how much you sell it for, if you can sell the graphics card for 50$ then sell it and then spend the extra 10$ for a z68 board and save the 40$ for a new graphics card.

Also, you don't want to only buy one stick of RAM, to utilize dual channel 2x 2gb sticks would be better performing and probably cost less also.
By the way, if you are in the U.S what is your budget?
Edited by Omega329 - 6/8/11 at 11:09am
    
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Personally I would go with a P67. An H board won't let you overclock much, so it'd be worthless buying a 2500k when you could save yourself some money and buy an i5-2400 instead.
    
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I would get a cheap P67 board like an ASRock P67 Extreme4, and then pair it up with some G.Skill RipJawsX RAM + a cheap video card like Radeon HD5750 or HD5770... Something in that order
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Go for a p67 motherboard, This will allow you to overclock to around 4 - 5 ghz
You will only regret buying a h67 especially when your extra overclock may be needed further down the road.

Your psu is fine for one gpu if overclocking, It would be stretched to power an overclocked cpu and dual gpu setup. The onboard sound on these new motherboards is actually rather good indeed!, and a sound card would only be needed for true audio buffs. A radeon hd 5770 is a great little card that doesn't cost the earth
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My budget modifies according to what I can sell and I figure I'll afford more later.

I was curious whether it's realistic to expect $300 total for my components that I'm selling.

I also have a few other computer components that may get $30+ here and there (TV tuner card, DVI KVM switch, router that may or may not work... lol).

But, yeah, I should have $100 to $200 to put towards whatever return I get on my components.

The P67 idea sounds ok. I like that the i5-2500k runs pretty cool even with a dedicated graphics card compared to recent AMD stuff and my own cpu... it's runs on less power and that is sorta what I'm looking for while being versatile enough to also game if I decide to.

I doubt I'd be using the dual GPU so as long as the configuration I want doesn't result in conflicts or certain ports being disabled, it should be sufficient. Then, I'm just debating which board....again....
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