CPU, Motherboard mismatch

While in the process of building my fifth gaming machine I happily placed my ASUS X79 board in my new case, opened up my new i5-3570 CPU to drop it in and unhappily decided I was really getting old.
So .... do I purchase a 2011 CPU and drop the i5 or get an X77 MB and drop the X79? I would like to keep the cost below $250.
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  1. x79/LGA 2011 setups are more for workstations. If its just for gaming then i would send the x79 board back and pick up a x77 MB with the 3570
  2. faalin said:
    x79/LGA 2011 setups are more for workstations. If its just for gaming then i would send the x79 board back and pick up a x77 MB with the 3570

    Thanks for the opinion. The MB is an open box non returnable and I have had the i5 sitting around for over the time limit for a return. Looks like the replacement MB would be cheaper and I can sell the x79 on eBay.
  3. The real question is what are you going to be doing with the system? The X79 and socket 2011 Intel® Core™ i7 are great for heavily threaded applications like video editing but they dont offer much over the Intel Core i5-3570K in gaming. So if you are doing the video work the Intel Core i7-3930K is most likely where you would like to be. However the Intel Core i5-3570K is hard to beat in a gaming system matched up with a board like the ASRock Z77 Extreme4 or the GigaByte GA-Z77A-D3H.
  4. ppmd01 said:
    While in the process of building my fifth gaming machine I happily placed my ASUS X79 board in my new case, opened up my new i5-3570 CPU to drop it in and unhappily decided I was really getting old.
    So .... do I purchase a 2011 CPU and drop the i5 or get an X77 MB and drop the X79? I would like to keep the cost below $250.


    It would cost you less to replace the motherboard.

    And... since you have a 3570, not a 3570K, you will not need a more expensive Z77 based motherboard.

    Most any socket 1155 motherboard will do, but I might suggest a inexpensive B75 based one with 6gb sata ports.

    You should find a good market for your X79 motherboard on ebay..

    Actually, to get things perfect for your gaming system, consider selling both parts and replacing them with a Z77 motherboard and a 3570K.
    I suspect you will net out a better system without exceeding your $250 budget.
  5. Actually the processor is a 3570K so I will go with the Z77MB..Thanks much to all responders
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