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August 26, 2013 5:55:52 PM

so, the time has come, my faithful amd phenom II system is just too old, it has been almost 4 years, and she has always been there for me, and never failed on me once, but like i said i think is time for an upgrade.

I wanna go for intel now, never had an intel based system and why not try it now? anyhow, I wanna start slow and just get the mobo and processor for now, so for under 600 bucks, what would be the best combo for a mobo and processor? I was thinking going for the i7-4770k, and pair it with one of these mobos:

asus saberthooth:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


MSI Z87-GD65 Gaming LGA 1150 Intel Z87 :
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock Fatal1ty Z87 :

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and lastly:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

anyhow, all of them paired with the 4770k fall within my 600 dollar budget for mobo and processor. any other combos you guys would recommend? I want something it's gonna last me for another 3 or 4 years like my current system has. I do some overclocking and what not, and play lots of games as well.

anyhow, thanks in advance for the help!

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August 26, 2013 6:00:52 PM

What's your system used for? Games, video editing, photoshop, CAD, etc.?
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August 26, 2013 6:08:27 PM

Best $600 gaming combo IMO would be:

$300 - Asus Maximus VI Formula http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$230 - Intel Core i5-4670k http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Best $600 Workstation Combo IMO would be:

$250 - Asus z87 Sabertooth http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$340 - Intel Core i5-4770k http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Budget Compromise Combo

$190 - MSI Z87 GD-65 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$340 - Intel Core i5-4770k http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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August 26, 2013 6:30:41 PM

well it will be used for gaming mainly, and some oc here and there.
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August 26, 2013 6:33:14 PM

IMHO, the i5-4670k + Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD4H would be a great option: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
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August 26, 2013 6:42:18 PM

quick question, would the i7 be just overkill? or is just not that good at gaming? what would the a good reason to choose the i5 over i7?
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August 26, 2013 6:49:37 PM

The only difference between the i5 and i7 is that the i7 has hyper-threading. However, games do not utilize hyper-threading, so the i5 will perform the same as the i7 in games while being cheaper.
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August 26, 2013 6:53:42 PM

juanshop said:
quick question, would the i7 be just overkill? or is just not that good at gaming? what would the a good reason to choose the i5 over i7?


the i7 provides hyperthreading and are clocked slightly higher....if $100 doesn't bother you, get the i7 .... but games get scarcely any benefit from hyperthreading which is the main difference between the i5 and i7....for most, it's not worth $100. If CAD, video editing etc, than ya want HT.

I think I see a GD-65 w/ 4670k in your future.

http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/msi_z87_gd65_ga...

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MSI has been using components that meet or exceed MIL-STD-810G for some time as part of its Military Class build philosophy. Parts such as Super Ferrite Chokes that run at up to 35 degree Celsius lower temperatures, have a 30% higher current handling capacity, and a 20% improvement in power efficiency; Tantalum filled Hi-C Caps that are are up to 93% efficient; and "Dark Capacitors" that feature Lower ESR and a ten-year lifespan all tied into a PCB with improved temperature and humidity protections as part of the "Military Essentials" package......In the end MSI's Z87-GD65 is a board that comes with an expansive feature set that includes all your basics and the extras that set them apart such as the V-Check points, upper end audio, Dual BIOS ROMs, KIller Network package, Military Class IV package, and a three-year warranty. Couple that with good looks that carry the dragon theme through the board, and you have a winning combination at $189.


http://www.overclock3d.net/reviews/cpu_mainboard/msi_z8...

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Now and again a motherboard appears that is so obviously brilliant, and so affordable, that we wonder if anything will be able to top it. For a while that crown was held by the ASUS Sabertooth, both in X58 and then P67 variants. Then MSI stole the crown with the Z77 MPower. Looking at the Z87 GD65 Gaming we think it's going to take something extraordinary to top it, such is the perfect storm of price, performance, features and looks.

The switch to Military Class 4 has given us an extremely ready overclocker too. You're always thermally limited when overclocking and the i7-4770K is one of the most demanding around. Considering the amount of cooling we're using we think that although the GD65 is capable of bringing 5GHz from our i7-4770K you'd need a proper water loop to make the most of it.

Performance is outstanding. The stock results were a particular highlight. We know a lot of people still just like to put their CPU in and go, without overclocking it first. Despite how easy it is these days we know that the fear factor still exists. So you'll be glad to know that the MSI Z87 GD65 Gaming really rocks hard even at stock settings. Naturally the overclocking is blistering too, with some OC3D records broken.

MSI have laid the gauntlet down to all the other manufacturers. Gorgeous to look at, blistering performance and all at a very affordable price, the MSI Z87 GD65 Gaming is not only the new benchmark for Z87 motherboards, but probably for all motherboards.

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August 26, 2013 7:17:25 PM

awesome, so the i5 will be just as future proof i believe so then? also, like mentioned, i like doing some oc here and there, and in the next couple of months or so i will make a custom loop. anyhow, the i5 with the g65 seem to be a nice combo for some modest overclocking as well as out of the box performance for the money.
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