2nd gen motherboard with 3rd gen i5 3570k (ivy bridge)


I am building my first system and have been doing a bit of research (I am quite new to this). I am going with the Intel I5 3570k Processor ( This is a third generation I5 and i was wondering what would happen if I stuck it in a motherboard that is compatible with the 2nd gen I5? The boards compatible with the 3rd gen are a little expensive for my taste (I would like to stay under $150 CDN) so I was wondering if a) would they be compatible? and b) What differences I would notice?

Thanks in advance for any advice
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    Compatibility with Ivy Bridge processors varies among different Sandy Bridge chipset motherboards, and almost always requires a BIOS update. I'm not sure where you're looking that all Ivy Bridge chipset motherboards are over $150 canadian. If you're willing to count the mail-in rebate, you can get the popular ASRock Z77 Extreme4 for less than that:
  2. Thanks for the reply. BIOS update is not an issue. I was previously looking for boards that were made specifically for the 3rd gen. However, I now realize that most 2nd gen boards are completely compatible. As for that board, thanks. I think I will now look for something cheaper as I only need a couple usb 2.0 and 3.0 ports as well as an optical out. Thanks again!
  3. the Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H should do you very well, it is a great board with good functionality (words of experience, i have one!)
  4. Best answer selected by DHealey.
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