Now, will all of those things be compatible(based o which motherboard you guys recommend)? Will they all fit properly in my case? I play to only replace my motherboard cpu and ram. Since I only play at 1680x1050, the 4870 is plenty powerful for me. Also, my power supply should be able to handle this stuff right? since I'm not upgrading the gpu, the increased power usage shouldn't be too much.
Finally, do you guys believe this is a good deal? I figure that I need to upgrade, and this seems like a good deal so I might as well do it. I plan to sell my current mobo, cpu, and RAM for $100 altogether on craigslist. Does that seem like a justifiable price? Thanks for reading all that, any opinions/criticism/feedback is much appreciated!
I don't need integrated graphics at all. And I know I will be going with either a P67 or Z68, the other two are not options. I heard/saw something in a microcenter ad about Z68 allowing OC of gpu and the P67 didn't allow this. I thought you could OC any gpu with programs like msi afterburner?
Intel put the brakes on unlimited overclocking options with 1155. You pay a small premium for the "k" unlock multiplier feature, which is ok. But it still doesn't guarantee that it will overclock smoothly. Temps also play a role. I just posted a reply about "lapping" the cpu. It's a good idea but also voids the Intel warranty, since you can't read the id number if it's been rubbed out. The z68 in a nutshell has some newer features built in, so I would still recommend them. The "turbo mode" is a feature that allows a modest overclock that's almost guaranteed to run smoothly. But that's all I have.
Due to Gigabyte being a much better known brand than ECS, I have decided to go with the Z68 chipset motherboard.
I know this has 3 PCIe slots on it, a 16x, 8x and 4x. I have been told by others that due to the location of the sata ports, crossfire/sli will not work with this mobo. Is this true? I never planned to crossfire/sli in the first place so it's no big deal but I was just wondering.
I don't know where I got the idea of 16x 8x and 4x, but on micro center's page it lists 2 of the slots as 16x and one as a 4x. Which two slots are the 16x? I would assume the top two, but wouldn't cards be too close to each other then? If the bottom one is a 16x, it does seem that a larger card could end up covering sata ports.
Also, with my current case and the Z68 board inside of if, will the Hyper 212+ fit? If so, what do you think would be a stable OC that I could reach?