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June 18, 2013 7:40:34 PM

Hello.

I'm just about ready to order my Build.

But a thing that has been on my mind is the final decision. Should I go with ivy or haswell?

I'm only interested in playing games on the build. But I want to 'future proof' as much as I can. I know there is no definite 'future proof' but I want to have a pc that can last a couple of years at the least without having to upgrade anything.

I keep hearing really mixed opinions on haswell. And I would just like to hear as many opinions as I can to make my decision finally.

I plan on ordering my parts tomorrow or tonight. I really need to know if it would be better to go with ivy or haswell.

If I went with Ivy I would probably go with This motherboard.

This is a first time build as well. This will be the first computer I'll out together.

Thank you for your time and help.

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June 18, 2013 7:44:52 PM

get Ivy bridge. it's cheaper, and the performance boost from Haswel is minimal

And that motherboard should be just fine.
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June 18, 2013 7:58:15 PM

vmem said:
get Ivy bridge. it's cheaper, and the performance boost from Haswel is minimal

And that motherboard should be just fine.


I know the performance boost from ivy to haswell is pretty minimal.

I'm more asking because since it's the newer socket it will probably be more 'future proof'. Plus the z87 mobo's look pretty good. That's really the reason I'm having trouble deciding ivy or haswell.

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June 18, 2013 8:01:13 PM

O Possum said:
vmem said:
get Ivy bridge. it's cheaper, and the performance boost from Haswel is minimal

And that motherboard should be just fine.


I know the performance boost from ivy to haswell is pretty minimal.

I'm more asking because since it's the newer socket it will probably be more 'future proof'. Plus the z87 mobo's look pretty good. That's really the reason I'm having trouble deciding ivy or haswell.



sure there's a new socket, but you're not looking to upgrade within a year or two right? so "future proof" goes out the window because 3 or 4 years down the road, Intel will definitely have a new socket again. so regardless of whether you buy Haswell or Ivy bridge, that CPU and Mobo are going out the window when you upgrade down the road. Also, even if the socket stays the same, it doesn't mean you'll get all the new features of a new chipset. for instance when Sandy upgraded to Ivy on socket 1155, you only got PCIe 3.0 support if you also bought an Ivy bridge CPU. so yeah, don't worry about the sockets.

as for the z87 mobos, yeah they look really good. if that's honestly your thing, then go for it lol, I can't argue with that
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June 18, 2013 8:05:48 PM

One thing. If that was your specs. Either haswell nor ivy. You don't need to upgrade even after 5 years if your not playing games.

Other Gamer want to upgrade because they are not satisfied on their gaming performance after 2 years maybe.

If your not playing games no point to get an upgrade.
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June 18, 2013 8:06:41 PM

vmem said:
O Possum said:
vmem said:
get Ivy bridge. it's cheaper, and the performance boost from Haswel is minimal

And that motherboard should be just fine.


I know the performance boost from ivy to haswell is pretty minimal.

I'm more asking because since it's the newer socket it will probably be more 'future proof'. Plus the z87 mobo's look pretty good. That's really the reason I'm having trouble deciding ivy or haswell.



sure there's a new socket, but you're not looking to upgrade within a year or two right? so "future proof" goes out the window because 3 or 4 years down the road, Intel will definitely have a new socket again. so regardless of whether you buy Haswell or Ivy bridge, that CPU and Mobo are going out the window when you upgrade down the road. Also, even if the socket stays the same, it doesn't mean you'll get all the new features of a new chipset. for instance when Sandy upgraded to Ivy on socket 1155, you only got PCIe 3.0 support if you also bought an Ivy bridge CPU. so yeah, don't worry about the sockets.

as for the z87 mobos, yeah they look really good. if that's honestly your thing, then go for it lol, I can't argue with that


Hm. that does make a lot of sense.

What do you think about This mobo for z77? It would fit into my budget because of the $30 I'd save going with ivy instead of haswell.

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June 18, 2013 8:11:11 PM

iGamer said:
One thing. If that was your specs. Either haswell nor ivy. You don't need to upgrade even after 5 years if your not playing games.

Other Gamer want to upgrade because they are not satisfied on their gaming performance after 2 years maybe.

If your not playing games no point to get an upgrade.


I don't have any specs. It will be a completely new build.

I'm not really sure I follow you. I'm building the pc to play games on. So yes I would be playing games on it.

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June 18, 2013 8:13:43 PM

the MSI z77 gaming mobo has gotten a lot of nice feed back from reviewers, I think it would be a great choice
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June 18, 2013 8:15:55 PM

O Possum said:
iGamer said:
One thing. If that was your specs. Either haswell nor ivy. You don't need to upgrade even after 5 years if your not playing games.

Other Gamer want to upgrade because they are not satisfied on their gaming performance after 2 years maybe.

If your not playing games no point to get an upgrade.


I don't have any specs. It will be a completely new build.

I'm not really sure I follow you. I'm building the pc to play games on. So yes I would be playing games on it.




I'm sorry. I miss read.

Haswell is new now. They only differ some bucks on Ivy. Probably get Haswell.
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June 18, 2013 8:54:52 PM

vmem said:
the MSI z77 gaming mobo has gotten a lot of nice feed back from reviewers, I think it would be a great choice


Would you say it's better than the Gigabyte UD3H (same as the other one I posted in the OP)?
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June 18, 2013 8:57:38 PM

O Possum said:
vmem said:
the MSI z77 gaming mobo has gotten a lot of nice feed back from reviewers, I think it would be a great choice


Would you say it's better than the Gigabyte UD3H (same as the other one I posted in the OP)?


definately. the UD3H is an entry/mainstream level z77 board that gets you into everything Intel has to offer on the z77 chipset. the MSI z77 gaming board give you some extras, and most importantly, it's build using more premium parts so you'll have better voltage regulation for better overclocking. you're also getting two more SATA ports, though I doubt you'll actually use all 8.
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June 18, 2013 9:03:09 PM

vmem said:
O Possum said:
vmem said:
the MSI z77 gaming mobo has gotten a lot of nice feed back from reviewers, I think it would be a great choice


Would you say it's better than the Gigabyte UD3H (same as the other one I posted in the OP)?


definately. the UD3H is an entry/mainstream level z77 board that gets you into everything Intel has to offer on the z77 chipset. the MSI z77 gaming board give you some extras, and most importantly, it's build using more premium parts so you'll have better voltage regulation for better overclocking. you're also getting two more SATA ports, though I doubt you'll actually use all 8.


I just went back and added things up. I made a mistake. The z77 g65 is too much it goes over my budget.

So, how does the MSI z77 G45 go against the Gigabyte UD3H ?

Which one is better?
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June 18, 2013 9:10:50 PM

O Possum said:
vmem said:
O Possum said:
vmem said:
the MSI z77 gaming mobo has gotten a lot of nice feed back from reviewers, I think it would be a great choice


Would you say it's better than the Gigabyte UD3H (same as the other one I posted in the OP)?


definately. the UD3H is an entry/mainstream level z77 board that gets you into everything Intel has to offer on the z77 chipset. the MSI z77 gaming board give you some extras, and most importantly, it's build using more premium parts so you'll have better voltage regulation for better overclocking. you're also getting two more SATA ports, though I doubt you'll actually use all 8.


I just went back and added things up. I made a mistake. The z77 g65 is too much it goes over my budget.

So, how does the MSI z77 G45 go against the Gigabyte UD3H ?

Which one is better?


Gigabyte's got more USB 3.0 headers if you're into that (MSI one only has 2). the MSI board supports higher memory overclocking and I think is of slightly better build quality.

I like the looks of the MSI one, but honestly you can't go wrong with either.

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