im looking to get the cheapest mobo possible, as im on a budget. i already have a 470, so itd be nice if the mobo was compatible with that as well ive heard that the 3570k is unlocked and the 2500k is the same thing, but its not possible to oc, is this true? if so, what mobo with the 2500k?
Wait, do you want to overclock with the 3570k? If not then the H61 board will most likely be the cheapest but you may need to flash the bios with another CPU or cross your fingers you get a new batch of that motherboard with one of the latest bios firmwares. Anyways some may argue it is a waste to get a 3570k with the H61 since you won't overclock which defeats the purpose of the "k" . Anyways if you want to overclock then you should head over to the Z77 but it will cost more. Also the 2500k is equally overclockable (actually it does have a bit more potential than the 3570k due to its cooler temperatures) but make no mistake an ivy bridge at the same clock speeds as a sandy bridge is faster due to the improved architecture. Since they both have the K next to the model they are both overclockable given you have the suitable motherboard.
No it's not true both can be overclocked you need a aftermarket cpu cooler though and depending on budget here are my recommendations for motherboard: mobo:ASUS P8Z77-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Well for bang for your buck with very good overclockability, and features, especially when you are going cheap, you might have to look at an Asrock Z77 Extreme4. Very popular board, supports SLI/Xfire @ PCIe 3.0 8x (If running one card its PCIe 3.0 16x), quite a few SATA ports, and support up to 2800 MHZ ram.
The only disadvantage the board has is that since its cheaper, they've had to cut costs obviously, so this is mainly through making the board thinner (Its still quite high quality, just flexes a bit), and it also doesn't use standard ATX screwholes, meaning the top right part of the board isn't supported very well(This is easily remedied by buying a plastic motherboard standoff off ebay for like two dollars.)
Wait we can't overclock the 2500k or the 3570k? I though the K meant it was overclockable given you have a suitable motherboard like the Z77...
Edit: Wait I think I read your reply wrong Bigcyco, apologies So we can overclock. Anyways for starters I would go with a Hyper 212 as a heatsink for overclocking if on a tight budget, I believe it offers one of the best price/performance for a cooler. It's priced at around 20-35 dollars around North America.