so i am going to be building a new system and i would like to know what i should do. I have all the parts mostly finalized but i would like to know if i should get an i3 and put the 100 elswhere or keep the i5 that i have. I was wondering because i kind of read an article about how the gpu is taking over the cpu (by kind of the first 3 paragraphs) and that is why i considered the i3 instead of the i5 so i could buy a stronger video card. Any help/suggestions would be nice and thanks in advance.
Also, i am getting an ssd now and a hard drive later because of their current prices. SSD prices don't seem too affected and i would only play sc2 on it.
I think this would be better posted in the New Build section, but regardless I would recommend the i5 if you're planning on gaming. I think of graphics cards like stepping stones above the CPU. They help.. A LOT, but the CPU is still gonna be in your rig and you may as well buy the better one now.
Also, if I recall correctly, the i5 has Inted HD Graphics 3000 while the i3 has only 2000. On top of that, I don't think that the i3 supports lucid virtu (switchable graphics between the discrete card and integrated, or using both in tandem). The i5 does. Again, I could be wrong about the i3 not supporting those things. I have an i5.
Basically, H67 if you plan on using integrated graphics (you dont even need a graphics card, but your graphics will of course not be as good)
P67 if you want to overclock your CPU (more GHz)
Z68 if you want both HD 3000 integrated graphics (can be used together with a graphics card) AND CPU overclocking.
Without a P67 or Z68 board there really isn't a point buying a K version Intel processor (like your i5-2500K). The K means it's unlocked and allows overclocking, and you can't overclock without a P67 or Z68 motherboard.
If you're willing to spend a few more bucks (maybe around the $120 range, at least) you can upgrade to a z68 board and have the best of both worlds.
And as a final note, CHECK THE MANUFACTURER'S WEBSITE FOR COMPATIBLE RAM, because I had some issues with my RAM not being compatible. The Memory OK! function on my ASUS p8z68-v pro/gen3 motherboard fixed it so that it's compatible now, but to save yourself some grief and frustration, just buy a brand listed on your mobo's Qualified Vendors list.
Hope I helped.. This is the product of my tireless days of research before I settled on a build. Let me know if you've got any other questions -- I'll try to help!