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January 30, 2012 2:45:06 AM

Hey all after receiving outstanding advice from all of you with my video card question I've decided to upgrade my motherboard aswell. Being that I'm on a budget this is what I considering for my rig & I would appreciate all opinions regarding which CPU to go with this board.


Here is what I have now
Intel Pentium D 820
smithfield socket LGA 775
90nm Tenology
800 Mghz Front side bus
4 gigs ddr2 dual channel pc2 6400 ram
mmx,sse,123,emt64t technology
core speed 2793.0 Mghz x14 multiplier
PSU Corsair Gs-600
Evga Gtx275 Oc video card
Dell 1600x1200 LCD monitor

MSI Z68A-G45
(B3) Intel Z68 Motherboard ATX, Socket H2 (LGA 1155),
Intel Z68 Express
DDR3 (O.C.),
SATA III (6.0Gb/s)
RAID 8-CH Audio
Gigabit LAN
USB 3.0,

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a c 128 V Motherboard
January 30, 2012 2:57:10 AM

That MSI MB is deactivated at the Egg. It's replaced by the MSI Z68A-GD55 (G3), which is the same except that the replacement is PCI 3 compatible
January 30, 2012 3:01:18 AM

Ok Thanks for that Information I pulled that board from tigerdirect. I'll look up the other one right now.
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a b V Motherboard
January 30, 2012 3:01:18 AM

What exactly is your budget for MoBo and CPU, and what do you plan on doing with your build?

January 30, 2012 3:05:26 AM

Well the board is $120 bucks that about all I can spend on that. I'm completely undecided on what cpu package to go with this board I guess my cpu budget is $120 to $200 dollar range.

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a b V Motherboard
January 30, 2012 3:13:09 AM

I see, but what do you plan on doing when you upgrade (gaming, everyday tasks, etc.)?

For everyday use and such:
A good H61/H67 MoBo (usually under $100) with an i3 2100.

For gaming (overclocking):
A good P67/Z68 MoBo with an i5 2500K (might be over your budget lightly).

For gaming (no overclocking):
A good H61/H67 MoBo with an i5 2500.
January 30, 2012 3:27:48 AM

Well I have caught the pc gaming bug recently but actually I likemy setup to be multi functional for everyday gaming as well as everyday life. I'm glad you mentioned the i5 2500k I have read the specs on that cpu and like what I havfe read so far. Bu I have no experience in anything setups later than what I currently using. So all thought are greatly appreciated.
a b V Motherboard
January 30, 2012 3:52:52 AM

The i5 2500K is pretty multi-purpose. It works well in gaming, editing (though the i7 is recommended for this because of it's Hyper-Threading feature), everyday tasks, and much more. Since it is a K model, it has a much less limited multiplier, which allows for higher and easier overclocking (stock cooler should allow a good 4.0GHz; maybe more, but I wouldn't recommend that).

Do you happen to live nearby a Microcenter? They have significantly lower prices on their i5 2500Ks (but about $40 to $50), and a price cut if you buy a MoBo with it.
January 30, 2012 3:54:38 AM

Go for i5 2500 while upgrade to IVy Bridge at later date. Your new MB support the IVy Bridge and future proof as well.
February 6, 2012 12:09:04 AM

Best answer selected by hoglan71.
a c 331 V Motherboard
February 6, 2012 2:35:51 AM

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