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?