Looking for advice on a motherboard cpu combo

I just updated my video card and im now looking to update my cpu .
my pc specs are

MODEL : DELL INSPIRON 560
OPERATING SYSTEM : WINDOWS 7 HOME PREMIUM
PSU : 450W
VIDEO : Gigabyte AMD RADEON HD 6670
CPU : PENTIUM DUAL-CORE E5500 @ 2.80 @ 2.80
MEMORY ( RAM ) : 4GB DDR3 ( 800 MHz )
MOTHERBOARD : MODEL NUMBER G43T-DM1 V : A00
{ WITH A PCI-E GEN.2 SLOT }
SOUND : INTEL HIGH DEF AUDIO
RECOMMENDED SCREEN RESOLUTION : 1680X1050

so im looking to upgrade my cpu to a i5 for gaming without lag. and also without busting the bank.
what would you guys recommend?

i got great advice before and im hoping you guys can help me out once more.
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  1. What is your budget? And are you interested in overclocking?
  2. i5 is perfect for gaming -- Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

    GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128512
  3. While the 2500k is a great CPU, if you're not into overclocking you can save little extra $$ and get i5-2400.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115074
  4. yeah im not looking to overclock. just want to slap it in and have fun.
    do you guys think that my mother board would be able to run an i5 ?
    and also would i need to upgrade my power supply ?
  5. You might as well get a K series, there's only like a 10 dollar difference between the 2500k and 2500.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128498&Tpk=GIGABYTE%20Z68X-UD3H-B3

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

    Total: 380.00

    Not sure if that motherboard can run an I5, go try and find the manual online and see if it's compatible with an LGA 1155 socket.

    You're PSU is lacking in my opinion, especially since it's a cheapo factory installed PSU.
  6. i forgot to update my pc spec list i had to upgrade my psu .. i got now a antec 25 vp 450w
  7. That motherboard is "probably" the cheapest combo you can find with the i5 that won't break after a year and has a lot of room for upgrades later on. Intel isn't exactly the budget friendly CPU, haha.

    You can try ASUS but a lot of their boards have issues, sometimes after a year, sometimes after a week. But that is with all motherboards, me personally have never had issues with Gigabyte, but a lot of family and friends have had really annoying problems with their Asus.

    If this was my computer, I would swap the motherboard but you might not have the cash for it. You never told us a budget.
  8. i was looking at this combo ..
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1355286&Sku=B69-5412

    do you think it would work fine with my set up ? or would i have to upgrade my power supply again ? lol
  9. also i really dont want to spend more then 300 bucks really.
  10. Yeah, go ahead and get it.

    Your PSU will be fine but I do recommend you upgrade it later on when you have some money to spend. A good PSU is invaluable.
  11. You're ram isn't supported on that motherboard though..
  12. You won´t need to replace your power supply. As you are not willing to overclock the CPU, then get an i5 without the ´k´ as they are intended for OC.

    Intel Core i5-2500 http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7073162&Sku=I69-2500

    Get the motherboard at Newegg, it will cost you $139.99 after mail-in rebate card GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128512

    The cost of the mobo + cpu is more than $300 -- it is $ 329.98

    Alternativelly you can get a cheaper CPU like Intel Core i5-2400 http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=61295&CatId=6986

    You will have to get a new ram kit, but they are really cheap these days -- but if your budget doesn´t allow it, then you can go with i3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100006519%2050001157%2040000343%20600005584&IsNodeId=1&name=Core%20i3
  13. your graphics card is going to hold you back.
  14. Don't buy an i5-2500k from newegg. You will be overpaying by around $100

    Hopefully you have a microcenter near you

    Processor is $180 there and combo with a motherboard gets you another $50 instant savings
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