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Which Haswell CPU/Mobo Combo (Microcenter) for gaming?

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June 2, 2013 5:10:10 PM

Ok, Microcenter has a bundle deal where you can get the 4770k for 280 or the 4670k for 200, and a mobo. Which mobo do I get?
The deal is here:
http://www.microcenter.com/site/brands/intel-processor-...

Mobos available are:
Z87-G41 PC Mate LGA 1150 ATX
http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...spx?sku=614982
Z87-A (SLI) LGA 1150 ATX
http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...spx?sku=614826
Z87-Extreme4 ATX LGA 1150
http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...spx?sku=607911
GA-Z87X-UD4H ATX LGA 1150
http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...spx?sku=614941

These are the boards in my price range that I'm able to bundle with. The Gigabyte board is a STRECH and I don't want to purchase it unless it's absolutely necessary. I'd prefer to get the MSI, but if it isn't good I'm ok with the other 2 choices.

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June 2, 2013 5:26:20 PM

At the moment i feel that MSI and ASUS are dishing out the best motherboard. I would pick whichever works for your video card best. ASUS boards have special strings for ASUS DirectCU II cards. MSI has special string for the Twin Frzr IV cards. So overall you get more accurate temperature readings so that the Fans will perform more accurately. I personally prefer ASUS at the moment because of the quality and reinforcement they put on their boards. MSI isn't far away from ASUS quality, for the price difference, it's not bad either.
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June 2, 2013 5:43:37 PM

I want a 7950 graphics card for bitcoin/litecoin mining (hoping to make SOME of my money back since new gfx processes are coming out next year). Given that, is there a good price on 7950s that you'd say "get this board vs this one".
The MSI at 340 for the bundle is a steal. It may even be a misprint from what I've heard as the math does NOT add up. Either way you can bet your ass I'm going to be in the store crying like a 4 year old child til I get what I want though lol. I'd prefer to get the MSI because at 340 (4770k+board), I get a board for much cheaper than I ever thought I could, a CPU well beyond any CPU I've ever owned in my life or hoped too, and I still have 660 dollars left to spend on Ram, GPU, Case, SSD (like an 80 gig one so this is like pocket change).

This is the card I had planned on getting though:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I was told not to spend above 300 dollars on a 7950 and that it wasn't worth it. Botht he Twin Frzr and the DirectCU II cards are going to be well over 300, and are in fact really close to the 7970 I wanted haha. Well the DirectCU II not the Twin Frzr. For 270, the Sapphire is pretty good and came recommended a lot of times.

Do you think the MSI board, 4770k, and Sapphire Card is a good choice?
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June 16, 2013 4:46:20 AM

tential said:
I want a 7950 graphics card for bitcoin/litecoin mining (hoping to make SOME of my money back since new gfx processes are coming out next year). Given that, is there a good price on 7950s that you'd say "get this board vs this one".
The MSI at 340 for the bundle is a steal. It may even be a misprint from what I've heard as the math does NOT add up. Either way you can bet your ass I'm going to be in the store crying like a 4 year old child til I get what I want though lol. I'd prefer to get the MSI because at 340 (4770k+board), I get a board for much cheaper than I ever thought I could, a CPU well beyond any CPU I've ever owned in my life or hoped too, and I still have 660 dollars left to spend on Ram, GPU, Case, SSD (like an 80 gig one so this is like pocket change).

This is the card I had planned on getting though:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I was told not to spend above 300 dollars on a 7950 and that it wasn't worth it. Botht he Twin Frzr and the DirectCU II cards are going to be well over 300, and are in fact really close to the 7970 I wanted haha. Well the DirectCU II not the Twin Frzr. For 270, the Sapphire is pretty good and came recommended a lot of times.

Do you think the MSI board, 4770k, and Sapphire Card is a good choice?


Money is what you make of it. To spend the little extra means that you graphics card will last longer. 7950 will be a card till will last at least 3 years. If your gaming and bitcoin mining i would strongly recommend cards that can stay cool for long. You never want a card that will burn in because of high temperatures from bitcoin mining.

Yeah its very good choice either way. Sapphire makes a good cooling system for their cards.
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