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June 13, 2013 1:37:40 AM

I'm going for a small mobo+cpu upgrade, as my current cpu (AMD Phenom II x4 965) and mobo (ASRock m3a770de) is becomming quite old. I have tried some overclocking on this system, but i can feel that a new build is pretty much required by now.

I have been looking around, and I'm thinking about these parts:
CPU -- Intel I5-4670: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(I know i could get the 4670K, but I'm not going for some crazy OC, so the locked version should be just fine. (correct?))
Mobo -- ASUS z87-A: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I set my budget by looking at those parts. I might want to do a stable OC eventually, which is why I went for a board with 8 power phases, opposed to the cheaper boards of the z87 series, which only has 4 power phases.
I have a Thermaltake Contac 39 CPU cooler, so I'm covered in the cooling section for my CPU.
I have a RAM set which is XMP optimized, so i figure that would fit just fine. It's the KHX1600c9d3b1k2/4gx, but I'm not able to find a QVL list for the ASUS Z87-A mobo.
I'm using a HD Radeon 6870 XFX GPU, but as far as i understand that will still work just fine with the mobo/cpu.

I pretty much just want to make sure that this is a system that seems stable and to be a decent upgrade from my current system.. I know it's not something special, but it's a budget I'm comfortable with. Do you guys have anything you would recommend me getting instead, or just any other advise?

Below is a list of some general information ^^

Approximate Purchase Date: As soon as possible!

Budget Range: ~£300

System Usage: Gaming.

Parts Preferences: I'm going for an Intel build.

Overclocking: Yes, but not right away.

SLI or Crossfire: No, not with my current budget ^^

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
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June 13, 2013 1:49:59 AM

1. U want to oc so go with "k" version. It has better performance if u don't want to oc than non "k" CPU. So definitely go with "k" version.
2. Ur mobo is also good. U can go with it.
I will be a nice build my friend.
I hope it helps.
Thank you.
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June 13, 2013 2:28:03 AM

I say go for a Ivy, because atm Hazwell costs about 20% more than the equivalent of the Ivy bridge, which is only 5% slower, so just bump it 100mhz then it is the same, and cheaper!
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June 13, 2013 2:54:53 AM

spat55 said:
I say go for a Ivy, because atm Hazwell costs about 20% more than the equivalent of the Ivy bridge, which is only 5% slower, so just bump it 100mhz then it is the same, and cheaper!


Which CPU with the Ivy Bridge should i get then? I'm not sure which series that is? :/ 
Found the above question with a single google search, never mind it.

If i were to go for one of the Ivy bridge CPU's though, I would have to settle for a new mobo. I'm just really intrigued by the new ASUS boards.
I really want a board that i know will last for some time, and since I don't have a high budget, I figured I would have to go for something rather new.
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June 13, 2013 3:00:42 AM

Tenderness said:
spat55 said:
I say go for a Ivy, because atm Hazwell costs about 20% more than the equivalent of the Ivy bridge, which is only 5% slower, so just bump it 100mhz then it is the same, and cheaper!


Which CPU with the Ivy Bridge should i get then? I'm not sure which series that is? :/ 


The i5 3570k, look at the i5 4670k and the i5 3570k and if there is anything more than 10% price difference go for the 3570k, if not then the 4670k.
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June 13, 2013 3:06:25 AM

spat55 said:
Tenderness said:
spat55 said:
I say go for a Ivy, because atm Hazwell costs about 20% more than the equivalent of the Ivy bridge, which is only 5% slower, so just bump it 100mhz then it is the same, and cheaper!


Which CPU with the Ivy Bridge should i get then? I'm not sure which series that is? :/ 


The i5 3570k, look at the i5 4670k and the i5 3570k and if there is anything more than 10% price difference go for the 3570k, if not then the 4670k.


It's only a £8 difference, so I might as well go for the 4670K. I can get that mobo I was looking at, if I get that one :) 
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June 13, 2013 3:12:17 AM

Tenderness said:
spat55 said:
Tenderness said:
spat55 said:
I say go for a Ivy, because atm Hazwell costs about 20% more than the equivalent of the Ivy bridge, which is only 5% slower, so just bump it 100mhz then it is the same, and cheaper!


Which CPU with the Ivy Bridge should i get then? I'm not sure which series that is? :/ 


The i5 3570k, look at the i5 4670k and the i5 3570k and if there is anything more than 10% price difference go for the 3570k, if not then the 4670k.


It's only a £8 difference, so I might as well go for the 4670K. I can get that mobo I was looking at, if I get that one :) 


For that much difference go for it, although I have heard it runs hotter than Ivy, and considering Ivy runs much hotter than Sandy that is very bad. Also you won't be using an old socket either :) 
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June 13, 2013 3:58:14 AM

spat55 said:
Tenderness said:
spat55 said:
Tenderness said:
spat55 said:
I say go for a Ivy, because atm Hazwell costs about 20% more than the equivalent of the Ivy bridge, which is only 5% slower, so just bump it 100mhz then it is the same, and cheaper!


Which CPU with the Ivy Bridge should i get then? I'm not sure which series that is? :/ 


The i5 3570k, look at the i5 4670k and the i5 3570k and if there is anything more than 10% price difference go for the 3570k, if not then the 4670k.


It's only a £8 difference, so I might as well go for the 4670K. I can get that mobo I was looking at, if I get that one :) 


For that much difference go for it, although I have heard it runs hotter than Ivy, and considering Ivy runs much hotter than Sandy that is very bad. Also you won't be using an old socket either :) 


Thanks for all the info! I will read a bit on the 4670K, as i think I'll just settle for that. If i find it to have a lot of temp problems, I'll go for the Ivy one.

With my CPU right now, i can run that at 1.4375V, and it will only just exceed the 40 degree limit, so I think I will be ok. By the time i start Overclocking, I might just get a watercooler, so don't worry ^^

What about the RAM? :/ 
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