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First post from a bit of a computer newb here... be easy on me smile.gif

I recently started piecing together my first build, and had a couple of questions regarding the processor and cpu.
Uses for computer: Web browsing, photo editing (PS and Lightroom), and some light gaming (Cod2, World of Tanks).
I do plan on overclocking at least the cpu.
Here is a rough sketch of my build so far. So far, I have picked up a couple of the components while they've been on sale.

Case: Corsair Carbide 500r (Purchased)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139009

PSU: Corsair CX430 V2 (Purchased)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139026&Tpk=cx430%20v2

SSD: Intel 520 120gb (Purchased)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820167093

GPU: Will be using integrated graphics for the first couple of months.

Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8gb 1600 (2x4gb) ... open to other opinions though. I don't want to spend more than $50.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233144

So now to my original question...
My budget is roughly $250 after coupons/rebates ($265 is about my extreme limit) for the cpu and motherboard together. I live close to a Microcenter, so I'm hoping to take advantage of their $50 discount when you purchase an 1155 socket cpu with a z68/z77 motherboard.

My current thought is to purchase these two items:

$170 Intel i5-2500k:
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0354589

$110 ($95 after Mir) Gigabyte GA-Z68AP-D3:
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0375352

After rebate and discounts, that comes to about $230. Supposing I purchase the 2500k, do you recommend spending an extra 20-30 bucks on a better motherboard?

I hadn't really considered this, but considering that Z77 mobo's are compatible with Sandy Bridge processors, are there z77 boards better than z68 boards of equal cost?

Z68 motherboards carried by Microcenter:
http://www.microcenter.com/search/search_results.phtml?Ntt=z68&submit.x=0&submit.y=0

Z77 motherboards carried by Microcenter: http://www.microcenter.com/search/search_results.phtml?sortby=pricelow&Ntt=z77&Ntk=all&Ntx=AllPartial

Right now, I'm pretty well set on buying the i5-2500k.... from what I've read, the i5-3570k offers very little improvement in most cases over the 2500k, especially when overclocking.
Given my small budget and my interests, do you think there is any reason I should spend the extra 20 bucks to buy the 3570k?

TL;DR summary: Which Z68/Z77 motherboard carried by Microcenter do you recommend to use with an Intel i5-2500k? (<$125)

Thanks for any help.
Edited by jpepper23 - 5/9/12 at 5:38pm
post #2 of 3
From that list, I pick Biostar TZ77A, then ASRock Z77 Pro4.
Misaka
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-3570K ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 Sapphire HD 7850 2 GB Samsung DDR3 16 GB (30 nm) 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Crucial M4 128 GB WD Caviar Blue 1 TB Lite-on DVD Burner Thermalright Venomous X 
OSOSMonitorKeyboard
Windows 7 Professional x64 (Host) Crunchbang Linux x64 (Guest) HP 2311x HP PS/2 Keyboard 
PowerCaseMouseAudio
Rosewill Capstone 450 W Rosewill Challenger Logitech M570 ASUS Xonar D1 
Other
Hauppauge HVR-1250 
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Misaka
(18 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-3570K ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 Sapphire HD 7850 2 GB Samsung DDR3 16 GB (30 nm) 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Crucial M4 128 GB WD Caviar Blue 1 TB Lite-on DVD Burner Thermalright Venomous X 
OSOSMonitorKeyboard
Windows 7 Professional x64 (Host) Crunchbang Linux x64 (Guest) HP 2311x HP PS/2 Keyboard 
PowerCaseMouseAudio
Rosewill Capstone 450 W Rosewill Challenger Logitech M570 ASUS Xonar D1 
Other
Hauppauge HVR-1250 
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I try to stay away from Biostar, from the stories I've heard I'm under the impression that there cheap and break easily. The ASRock is the better of the two IMO.
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