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I live near a microcenter so i can purchase the 3570k/2500k for 190$/170$, but I'm not too sure which one is the better choice.

I can get the 2500k + asrock extreme 4 gen 3 mobo for $170 + $185 = $355

or

3570k + asrock z77 extreme 4 for 190$ + 130$ = $ 320

Which one would be the better option? I will mainly use this build to play games(Skyrim, Dota2, Diablo3).

Also, can anyone tell me why the z77 extreme 4 is cheaper than the z68 extreme 4? Or if there are any other good motherboards that i should consider ? i have a budget of around 330$ for both cpu and mobo.
post #2 of 27
Get the 2500k and Z77 Extreme 4 MB. IB overheats so overclocking is out of the option.
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i5-2500k with either mobo.. will handle all you needs for gaming for awhile yet.. smile.gif
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Originally Posted by iishy View Post

I live near a microcenter so i can purchase the 3570k/2500k for 190$/170$, but I'm not too sure which one is the better choice.
I can get the 2500k + asrock extreme 4 gen 3 mobo for $170 + $185 = $355
or
3570k + asrock z77 extreme 4 for 190$ + 130$ = $ 320
Which one would be the better option? I will mainly use this build to play games(Skyrim, Dota2, Diablo3).
Also, can anyone tell me why the z77 extreme 4 is cheaper than the z68 extreme 4? Or if there are any other good motherboards that i should consider ? i have a budget of around 330$ for both cpu and mobo.

I'd get the IB/Z77. It is still a faster CPU than the 2500K. It's a better all around chip no matter the heat. If you aren't planning to OC the crap out of it on water, it's better to get the IB. Besides, the heat is to be expected on 22nm. You'll be fine.
 
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I live near a microcenter so i can purchase the 3570k/2500k for 190$/170$, but I'm not too sure which one is the better choice.
I can get the 2500k + asrock extreme 4 gen 3 mobo for $170 + $185 = $355
or
3570k + asrock z77 extreme 4 for 190$ + 130$ = $ 320
Which one would be the better option? I will mainly use this build to play games(Skyrim, Dota2, Diablo3).
Also, can anyone tell me why the z77 extreme 4 is cheaper than the z68 extreme 4? Or if there are any other good motherboards that i should consider ? i have a budget of around 330$ for both cpu and mobo.

In terms of features I think the Z77 Extreme 4 directly replaces the Z68 Extreme 3 while the Z77 Extreme 6 replaces the Z68 Extreme 4 lol I know kinda confusing. Basically their Z77 line is Extreme 9, 6, 4 while the Z68 line is Extreme 7, 4, 3.

Overclocking aside the 3570K/Z77 will be slightly faster than the 2500K/Z68 but overall they're pretty much the same. Z77 has native USB3.0 and a few other features but nothing really over the Z68 Gen3 thats groundbreaking.

If looking to overclock the 3570K will OC at a lower voltage and does mild overclocking well, though as mentioned through reviews/users that higher overclocks will result in slightly higher temperature over the 2500K at the same settings, due to the nature of the 22nm architecture.

If looking for the latest and plan to do light OCing later in the future 3570K/Z77 is a good choices but if you want to OC higher without worrying too much about temps the 2500K/Z68s is still pretty good.
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post #6 of 27
Get i5 3570K and Z77
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3570K no question. New architecture.
    
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i7-3570k, no question. It's main problem is generally that it's more expensive than the sandy bridges. For less....

As far as the mobos the boards are practically the same. Both even have the same fan support - 2 4-pin controllable headers & 4 3-pin headers. Except, of course, one is z77 and one is z78.
    
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post #9 of 27
I always thought microcenter was over priced. Anyone agree with me on this?
post #10 of 27
not really, they were cheaper than newegg for me when i got my i52500k with asus pro/gen 3 z68 (like 60ish cheaper for the 2)
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