I am in the process of putting together the parts to build a new tower. I am currently looking for the motherboard and CPU. Is the z77 chipset the latest and best for the Intel CPU based boards? Also, I have been considering the i5 2500K as it's considered one of the top CPU's on Tom's best gaming CPU list, but it has the integrated graphics and I am going to be getting an nVidia GTX670 so was wondering if I would be better with the i5 2550K that doesn't have integrated graphics. I wasn't sure if the onchip graphics would interfere.
Also, if I understand correctly, the z77 chipset was created to include Ivy Bridge support, so would I be better off getting an Ivy Bridge CPU rather than a Sandy Bridge one?
Would very much like some reccomendations about what boards are best. I am not looking to do SLi or overclock, but would like a top of the line board. My budget is around $300 for it.
Thank you all for any help you may be able to provide.
There are much cheaper options, but you asked about top of the line, so that's what I showed you.
Now as far as 2500K vs. 3570K, that's totally up to you. The 2500K can OC further, but the 3570K is faster at stock speeds.
And don't worry about the iGPU in the 2500K/3570K. That's a complete non-factor for OC potential or anything else performance related and is actually a good thing to have if your dedicated GPU ever stops working, so you can do some troubleshooting (and so you won't have to go without a computer while you wait for a new GPU, should that be needed). It absolutely will not interfere with the dedicated card, as it will be disabled most likely anyway, AND you can use it for things like Quick Sync with Virtu.