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So, I recently acquired a brand new ASUS Maximus III Gene mATX board for $40 on ebay. I was intending to use it in a HTPC with an older i3 that I have laying around. Unfortunately, I'm scraping my HTPC plans as we are in need of a work computer at home. I will be using it for some gaming as well as 3d/graphics.

So, since I already have a great motherboard based on socket 1156, I figured I would drop a Lynnfield Core i5 760 in there. They cost about the same new as Sandy Bridge i5 2400-2500 (non K).

Is this a good move, keep the Asus and go with a Lynnfield? Or should I resell the Asus, buy a "budget" Z68 board, and go with a Sandy Bridge. I think I would probably lose $50-$60 in that scenario, seeing as how I got the Asus for so cheap. I don't plan to OC much if any, other than maybe bumping up the 760 200-400 mhz to make up for its "handicap" and get it more on par with a SB. It will be in a mATX Lian Li enclosure with a GTX 460.

What would you guys do in this situation?
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  1. The 2500k and the 2600k out perform most of the lynnfeild cpu's.
  2. Believe it or not i3 is pretty decent for gaming.
    The i3 530 is a little screamer i've had one that i recently replaced with an i3 550.
    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/118?vs=88
    I wouldn't pay retail for an i5 Lynnfield at this point in the game.
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    Since the gpu is fixed (460), and since some games are gpu bound and some cpu bound . . . the only times you will notice a "problem" with the 760 is when it can't meet minimum playable frame rates, and the 2500(k) can. Those would seem to be a small number of cases.

    If money is a consideration - and your question says that it is - stick with the 750. Its fine paired with your 460.
  4. superflykicks03 said:
    So, I recently acquired a brand new ASUS Maximus III Gene mATX board for $40 on ebay. I was intending to use it in a HTPC with an older i3 that I have laying around. Unfortunately, I'm scraping my HTPC plans as we are in need of a work computer at home. I will be using it for some gaming as well as 3d/graphics.

    So, since I already have a great motherboard based on socket 1156, I figured I would drop a Lynnfield Core i5 760 in there. They cost about the same new as Sandy Bridge i5 2400-2500 (non K).

    Is this a good move, keep the Asus and go with a Lynnfield? Or should I resell the Asus, buy a "budget" Z68 board, and go with a Sandy Bridge. I think I would probably lose $50-$60 in that scenario, seeing as how I got the Asus for so cheap. I don't plan to OC much if any, other than maybe bumping up the 760 200-400 mhz to make up for its "handicap" and get it more on par with a SB. It will be in a mATX Lian Li enclosure with a GTX 460.

    What would you guys do in this situation?



    Anyway just keep the i3.Should be enough for gaming.
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