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Already have Z68 mobo, I5 2500K vs I5 3570K for same price?

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July 19, 2012 3:49:11 AM

I don't know a lot about building computers but after asking around a bit I decided that I would buy the ASROCK Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 Mobo (which I now have) with a I5 2500K processor,(which I do not yet have)

I was looking around on the NCIX website when I noticed that the I5 3570K processor is the same price as the I5 2500K at $219.

Since I have the Z68 motherboard, should I stick with the original plan and get the I5 2500K, or would there be any advantage to having the I5 3570K on the Z68 Gen3? Like I said, price is not an issue because they are both the same price for now.

Thank you for answering my newbie question. :) 

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July 19, 2012 3:50:40 AM

2500K, the Z68 would need a BIOS update in order to support the 3570K.


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July 19, 2012 3:52:31 AM

Just get the 2500k. The Ivy Bridges can run on the z68 but you will need to flash the motherboard BIOS to make it compatible.
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July 19, 2012 4:34:05 AM

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July 19, 2012 4:34:29 AM

Thanks for the info guys.
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