"The mobo and cpu will not work it is a z77 cpu and a z68 mobo... I would get this mobo GA-Z77X-UD5H"
ouch, that sucks :S. im trying to keep this below $650 so would this motherboard work? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130646R
also, do i lose anything by going open box with the motherboard?
im planning on buying a 670 later and trying out the newest i-7 recon, though thanks for the suggestions. also, does anyone know how integrated graphics connect? is there a hdmi port on the motherboard itself or does it come with some sort of bracket?