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I currently have a i5-760 build in my primary desktop. I also have an AMD dual core HTPC, but its motherboard seems to have bitten the dust.

I'm contemplating upgrading my primary desktop to the i5-2500k and shuffling the i5-760 to the HTPC, so I've got two questions:
  1. Is it worth upgrading my primary desktop, or should I look for a cheap replacement for the HTPC instead? I do a lot of gaming and graphic design on the desktop. I just wasn't sure if I should hold out until Ivy Bridge since I already have an i5.
  2. If it is worth upgrading, what's a solid bang-for-buck mobo to pair with the i5-2500k? I'd like to overclock it to some extent, and I definitely want something reliable. I do have a Micro Center just a few miles away if that helps...
Thanks for the help!
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p8p67 pro is good bang for buck, fill in your sig rig under user control panel.


probably not worth upgrading from an i5 760 overclocked, although up to date hardware is always nice!
    
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Upgrading your primary desktop will yield a big performance increase, and the socket 1155 boards will still support ivy bridge and sandy bridge extreme later on this year (as well as next year).

If I were you, I would make your i5-760 your HTPC since you'll need to replace eventually anyway, and you'll be more "future proof" with your main, primary rig.

As for the mobos, and with Micro Center in mind, here's some pretty good ones that can OC well too (but if you want to go 5ghz or anything that high, I'd play it safer and go for something a more higher-end model):

http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0364085
http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0364220
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I'm in the same situation as the OP, but I thought Ivy Bridge would be a new socket (2011 or something), can any one confirm socket 1155 will support Ivy Bridge? Thanks
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Originally Posted by Jeshua View Post
I'm in the same situation as the OP, but I thought Ivy Bridge would be a new socket (2011 or something), can any one confirm socket 1155 will support Ivy Bridge? Thanks
Ivy bridge will be 1155,Sandy bridge extreme will be 2011.
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Thanks for the help. I don't want to do an extreme overclock, so I don't think I'll need a better motherboard than the ones you listed.
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I would vote against upgrading your main rig, unless you can get the upgrade for cheap (CPU+mobo is gonna be around $350 or more) because:

1. An i5-760 for an HTPC is just plain overkill.
2. The i5 is no slouch, and I doubt you'd see a difference.
3. Getting a new mobo for your HTPC would be so much cheaper.

If you must upgrade, I'm going to nominate the ASRock Extreme4 P67 or Z68 for you to consider.
Edited by onoz - 7/25/11 at 9:55am
 
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IMO, best bang for buck mobo is the Asrock P67 Extreme4
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IMO, best bang for buck mobo is the Asrock P67 Extreme4
That one is good too, Asrock are really looking appealing and stepping things up a notch. I'd still recommend an Asus or Gigabyte one though if you want the best build quality and components around though, since those two are the topdogs.
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That one is good too, Asrock are really looking appealing and stepping things up a notch. I'd still recommend an Asus or Gigabyte one though if you want the best build quality and components around though, since those two are the topdogs.
True, ASUS & Gigabyte are the ones to recommend, however, the Extreme4 is quality mobo and it is definitely one to consider. I have heard nothing but good things about the mobo.


EDIT: Only noticeble difference between the extreme4 and the asus P8P67 Pro is the power phase, extreme4 has 8+2 and P8P67 Pro has 12+2. The difference is not big, however general consensus is to get a mobo with higher power phase, but that's only for extra headroom for extreme overclocking. I believe, with the 8+2 power phase you should be more than okay.
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