Well its not a bad time to buy at the moment due to the next intel processor due to launch in june, so you can either wait it out as haswell is looking to be a neat bit of kit, otherwise whats your price range?
All Z77 motherboards and X79 and 990FX boards support all of the newer technologies. If you are looking to buy ATX these are all of the chipsets for both you intel and amd ranges.
A lot of this is dependent on budget and what you are looking to do with the system, for example, if you looking to do straight gaming an Z77 + i5 system will suit perfectly, if your looking to do a range of things(editing, adobe, CAD etc) and have a high budget then an X79 + i7 system would do here, or if your looking performance that's suited for multicore tasks and isnt as hefty a price as the i7 then a 990fx + AMD FX will do quite well.
Basically the i5 3570 will suit almost all needs, if you want to OC or want the possibility to upgrade to the 3570K
('K' designated processors from intel have an unlocked multiplier, which means easier overclocking pricewise ~$235. The 3570
whilst being locked is still a great buy compared to the price increase of its older bro the 3770 and the marginal performance benefit that comes with it pricewise ~$210. For ~$20 the K version is worth looking into as Overclocking on the Z77 board is quite easy and is well covered.
For a 3570/3570K i5 system motherboards i would consider would be:ASRock Z77 Extreme4
- Barebones great value Z77 motherboard has all the features mentioned ~$135Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H
- Barebones solid performer with all of the above ~$165Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H-WB
- exactly like the board above but with additional Bluetooth and Wifi module ~$190Asus P8Z77-V Pro
- higher teir Asus motherboard with wifi and decent performer. ~$220
All of these are priced cheapest - dearest, the ASRock has been one of the best boards this generation. If your looking for ultra high end i would consider a ROG Maximus V, but not everyone has a money tree. The i5 3570 is a 3.4-3.8Ghz quad core, its a well performing CPU and can easily drive a system to play anything and is probably the best allround processor at the moment, bang for buck. It only falls short in multithreading tasks, but considering that AMD's 8350 is around the same price point and has poor single thread performance and the 3570K's ability to reach 4ghz easily makes the 3570 the better catch.
In short, socket 2011/X79 boards are expensive but suit people looking for editing and many heavily threaded applications, they are the replacement for the 1366 i7 9XX series from many years ago. If your looking for Gaming, your much better of with a Z77/i5 solution as most games do not directly benefit from having more than 4 cores, or HyperThreading (otherwise known as HT) which are the main benefits of grabbing an i7 processor. Again if you have the money go a decent high-mid range board, but the ASRock has got some decent feedback and the intel board is pretty darn robust.
Processor choice is strictly i7's with options for quad(4), hex(6) or Oct(8) core processors with HT, i5's do not have HT. Best pick of this bunch would easily be the Intel Core i7 3930K
, as the cheapest and fairest priced hex core, before the ridiculous X series processors and their ilk usually snug around the ~$590 mark.
For an X79/2011 socket i7 build i would look at:ASRock X79 Extreme6
- Barebones X79 motherboard, decent value for $$$ ~$235Gigabyte GA-X79-UP4
- Slightly better value for $$$ ~$245Intel DX79SR
- Solid X79 motherboard ~$320ASUS Rampage IV Formula
- Best High-Midrange motherboard ~$350
For AMD which is often forgotten, but is slowly clawing back onto the landscape, I would have a look at AMD3+ boards with the 990FX chipset for sli/xfire compatability, the only processor worth mention is the FX 8350 which is an octo(8) core. No 990FX board does PCI-E 3.0 native, some of the higher end boards do via an extra chip. (tbh, PCI-E 3.0 isnt really a feature that would break the sale here.)Gigabyte GA-990FXA-D3
- nice placement board with plenty of rear i/o panel ~$135
[url=ASRock 990FX Extreme4]ASRock 990FX Extreme4[/url]- Bit of a overhaul on the board above, better for upgrade, upgraded heatsinks on NB/SB ~$160ASUS Crosshair V Formula-Z
- Premium board with upgraded audio and network, also great community support and solid overall
There are a range of options if nothing is in your price point so no need to despair, let us know what thy budget is and what you will use it for and we should be able to arrange something to suit
gawddarnit, lucky i was looking at updating the uber thread today, considering haswell is on the horizon, but there are a few more options...