Wow, Micro Center really has a great bundle deal on the new Intel “Sandy Bridge” i5 2500K quad-core unlocked CPU and GA-P67A-UD3 LGA 1155 P67 ATX Motherboard for $280! These new CPUs are the newest and most advanced consumer CPUs to date.
Note that this price is for in-store pickup only, but they still offer some great non-bundled deals. Any of the “K” designated models are multiplier unlocked which is the only practical method of Sandy Bridge overclocking. Base clock overclocking is now impractical because everything is tied into a single base clock and it forces too many components to run in overdrive which severely limits the degree to which you can boost the system.
This particular “P67” motherboard is needed to support memory and CPU overclocking (and apparently no HDMI, DVI, or VGA out even though the CPU has the GPU built in). The “H67” motherboards support graphics overclocking. Both support the integrated on-die CPU graphics of the new Sandy Bridge architecture. And for those of you new to “Sandy Bridge”, here’s a good primer on the new architecture and review.
This particular bundle is great for power users without the need for an additional graphics card as the on-die GPU built into the CPU is as powerful as an entry level discrete graphics card. Gamers will use this system with a high end graphics card for the best gaming performance.