H67 motherboard with an i5-3570K

Hey there, just looking for some advice...

Last year, I built a HTPC for my theater room, making an effort to stick to components with low power-consumption, since it was basically just a glorified media player. I have an i3-2100 Sandy Bridge CPU and the ASUS P8H67-M EVO motherboard.

Lately, I've upgraded the video card to an HD 7870, because I've started playing PC games a lot more. Now I'm thinking about just throwing in the towel and using it primarily for gaming. I'll move the OS and games to an SSD and leave the other hard drives for media storage. But I figured I should also upgrade the CPU, and the i5-3570K seems highly recommended.

So, my question is... do I need to upgrade the motherboard too? It seems that most would recommend a Z77 motherboard, but I'm trying to keep costs down where possible. The Asus I have now is an H67, but it's the same socket type that the i5-3570K requires, so I know it'll fit.

I have absolutely no intention of overclocking, but even still... am I hamstringing myself by sticking with that motherboard?
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  1. Yes, you can add that cpu with the h67 it's compatible, but you wont be able to oc, so you'd better get a i5-3450 or i5-3470 and save some $.
  2. Thank you for the reply. :)

    In the end, I'll probably just get the 3570K anyway, just because it's on sale at Microcenter... it's just $20 more than the 3470, so what the heck.

    I just wanted to make sure that an H67 isn't going to somehow slow down or bottleneck the 3570K at its stock speed.

    Thanks again. :)
  3. No its not gonna bottleneck, you'll just not be able to oc, just the turbo boost for 3.8 GHZ VS 3.6 GHZ of the i5-3470.
    Its your choice.
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