I am planning a new build for this month and I am not planning to do an upgrade for at least 3-4 yrs.
Since I am not a very huge gamer, I don't think I will overclock or benefit from SLI/Crossfire setup or PCI 3.0 support. As such, I decided to go with the Sandy Bridge i5-2500k and not the newly released Ivy Bridge, as the difference is not substantial based on may reviews.
I have been doubting for more than a month now between the AsRock z68 Extreme 3 and the GIGABYTE z68x UD3H-B3 motherboards. However, now that Ivy Bridge CPUs are coming out, the z77 chipset motherboards are gaining in popularity.
Since I am building an i5-2500k setup and will not upgrade my video card soon (ordered an ASUS 6850) and will not do hyperthreading, is it still a better idea to go with a z77 motherboard? The price difference is not huge and they are still affordable on my budget. Is a z68 motherboard the right choice for someone who is not buying an Ivy Bridge CPU, or will the z77 be a better choice even for the i5-2500k?
Thanks for the replies guys.
I think I am leaning to the z68 setup. I will be checking the websites here in Canada to see if some of them offer big rebates.
Should I go wit a z77 motherboard if the price is at par with the z68 even if I won't use all its features?
Chesteracorgi: Thanks for the suggestion. I am not planning to overclock at the moment, but it might change in 2 yrs if my system becomes sluggish. I just want to be on the safe side. I have not actually considered a P67 motherboard or a 2400 CPU. I just decided that the price difference is marginal between the 2500 and 2500k, so might as well go with the frequent i5-2500k z68 setup. I mean I would like the build to be as futureproof as possible, but still be budget conscious.