Though looking around I don't know what brands are best for custom builds anymore. I bought a Systemax back four years ago from Tiger Direct. They don't seem to have the same extensive options for that brand I remember. Or in building your own for that matter.
At the time I got mine for around $1200. Four years ago.
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To answer your question: Yes they do pair together, as they are both LGA 1155 chipsets. If you are looking to match an intel processor with any kind of motherboard always look for the LGA#.
That i5-2500K is a fairly substantial upgrade over the 650. You're moving from a dual-core to a quad-core chip (effectively doubling your processing power) That chip is a pretty solid chip, btw. Sure you can max out your rig with an i7, but if you are trying to stay within a particular budget that is an excellent chip to go with. Hope this helps. PM me if you need any further advice or have questions.
Are you building this for gaming or production? Also, be wary of those low-end Foxconn boards. They may be the most ubiquitous boards in the world, but that doesn't necessarily mean that they are quality. I'd urge you to look at Gigabyte if you are looking for a new MOBO. ASUS also makes some pretty decent boards, but you've got a 50/50 chance of getting a functional board right off the bat....
@phonetics H61 focuses on chipset performance over graphics. It'll have integrated DVI, but just powerful enough to run 1080p streaming video. Games won't play very well without a dedicated graphics card.
Going to be that guy again - man I do this a lot.... Why is it that you need a new computer? Is there something that yours can not currently do that you are attempting to do? Going from one i5 to a better i5 just seems a bit why botherish to me. If you got lots of spare cash then whatever, have at 'er.
A better graphics card might be a better solution (for some of that). Aside from graphics, a better network adapter and internet connection would be a better outlet for your spending. You already have an i5!! Why get a different i5? It's like selling your new 2012 computer to get a new 2012 computer. an i5 is already pretty good.
@I/O Well, he'd be moving from a dual-core to a quad-core i5, which is a big upgrade especially if he's going to be multi-tasking. Not to mention he'd be getting a Sandy Bridge-gen processor so he'd get better power efficiency. Especially if he's using FL Studio still. The new multi-threading support (as of version 9 IIRC) is better utilized by that. Just my two cents though, so take with a grain of salt
is that worth paying $200 for? Enhanced power efficiency and two more cores? I say focus on other areas. It don't think it'll be THAT drastic of a change. The quad core is SLIGHTLY faster. I'm wondering how much benefit the extra two cores will make.
imo I'd sooner buy a better graphics card and a network adapter.
@I/O You may be right on that GPU, I keep forgetting things like Nvidia's new architecture (CUDA?) that drastically increases graphics processing, and for whatever reason I was think that version of the i5 had 4 cores and 8 threads, but that's the 3400 series... so yeah...