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Upgrading mobo and CPU worth it?

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June 6, 2013 11:27:05 AM

I have searched the forums and found many mixed results. I originally had a dell xps 9100 about a year and a half old now. I ended up taking out the graphics card and PSU and replacing them, but I'm not getting close to the performance i would like to be getting in games like ArmA, Dirt 3, Ect on higher settings....Here are the specs now:

Sapphire Vapor-X 7970 GHz Edition 3 gb
9gb Tri Channel ram DDR3
Antec 750w gold certified PSU
i7 930 @ 2.8 GHz
what ever low performance dell mobo came with the XPS
1 TB seagate HDD
no ssd(will that help performance significantly if i add some?)

Essentially what i'm asking is if upgrading to the new Z87 ROG series boards and new Haswell CPU will really give me performance increases for the price. Should i just upgrade my mobo and OC my cpu. should i get SSD only to improve performance. I do plan on Over-clocking in the future and i do play games heavily and edit video here and there. What do you guys think, should I upgrade or tweak to help get better performance. My mobo does NOT support over-clocking ATM. Money isn't too much of an issue but I would prefer not to spend more than about 600$ if i need to upgrade at all. Also is my ram compatible with the new ROG mobos or no? Sorry for lots of questions i just would like to make sure im getting the most for my money.
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June 6, 2013 11:41:00 AM

its compatible but youd want to use 4 sticks or 2 not three on the new boards. And yes the performance will be extremely noticable coming from a 1st generation i7 to a 4th generation intell. Don't purchase a new I7 though its a waste of money its exactly the same as the I5 for performance. When you purchased the I7 1st gen the I5's back then were only dual cores with 4 threads. Now the I5's are quad cores same as the I7's no game uses multithreading making the I7 useless for gaming, its only usefull for video rendering and high multithreaded apps
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June 6, 2013 12:34:01 PM

Thanks for the reply. So I should get the i5 4730k instead and is the maximius vi hero a good z87 board for me ?
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June 6, 2013 1:42:43 PM

Crysis 3 takes advantage of HT, and demanding games over the next year or so may do the same.

A SSD is not going to get you more/better FPS, but it will cut your load times by incredible margins. I'd suggest throwing down $200 on a decent SSD, installing Windows and your favorite couple games on that, and giving it a try. Adding a SSD to a system is still the greatest performance gain anyone is going to see.

Sure, you can upgrade to Haswell. It will probably get you 10-20fps, depending on your resolution. Just keep in mind that the only things you're going to carry over are your GPU, PSU, and maybe case. You're looking at a fresh build for the most part.
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June 7, 2013 9:49:20 AM

Thanks for the reply, I planned on replacing alot of my stuff anyway but that ssd sounds like a good idea. But would it be better to get an i7 3770k or 4770k i am trying I future proof y system so I feel as I'd haswell would be worth it for the extra 40 bucks or so ,and back to te motherboards is the formula a good board for me or is there something else I should get such as the hero or the sniper
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June 7, 2013 9:55:11 AM

If you have both options, go for Haswell. It's newer and performs marginally better. 3770k's are starting to pop up with some good discounts (got mine for $100 2 weeks ago) lately, and is a great "bang for the buck" thing.

I assume you're speaking of the ASUS Formula board. It's a great board, and you will be pleased with it.
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June 7, 2013 9:28:30 PM

Thanks alot ill probaly be getting the haswell and see if I can find any combo deals with a mono such as the formula or maybe the sabertooth
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