Now what I would like to change is my processor, motheboard and hard drive. On the HDD front I am going for a 2TB one. But I need help on the processor & motherboard front.
Primary usage: Gaming and bit of application development
My choice of processor: Intel core i5. Should be enough for me. How about sandy bridge i5 2500. ?
On the motherboard front I am blank. If I am getting a good processor I might as well get a poweful motherboard which compliments it. (around $120). What do you guys recommend? Because I have a graphics & sound card which I will install on motherboard, its not important that motherboard ships with onboard features on graphics/sound front. It it does its fine.
Will be glad if anyone can advice me.
I heard motherboards of companies like gigabyte are better than intel's stock board. Is this true?
P67 paired with K CPU is for system tweakers/enthusiasts , the H chipsets are more for people wanting to use the built in HD graphics in the CPU's.
Comparable Gigabyte board to the MSI I linked to earlier if you want to go with a dual GPU setup you would have to take it a step higher http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Gigabyte motherboard GA-P67A-UD4 B3 is not available here. Can you recommend boards slightly cheaper or lower to the one I mentioned above. I am getting Segate Sata 2 TB HDD for around $90 here, so I dont think it will be supporting Sata 6GB/sec speed.
(I live outside the US).
The GA-P67A-UD3 I linked to before is the cheapest Gigabyte P67 board on the market. Cheaper than that are H67 and H61 boards with limited overclocking capabilities. http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...
For cheaper P67 boards brands like Asrock and Biostar come to mind.
If you can post a link to a possible webshop then it would be easier for us to pick out of their selection.
The ASRock P67 Extreme4 is definitely the best "bang for your buck." If you lookup some reviews and benchmarks it performs greater than or on par with ASUS and GIGABYTE boards that are much more expensive.
The P67 motherboards are not available here so far. I think they will be available within a week. The Asus P67 boards price may start at around $240 or higher. I am not sure about the price of Gigabyte P67 boards. I think that would be above my budget.
If P67 boards price is high should I got for a H67 board. I think their price maybe around $120-$150 (estimate only).