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Need Help with CPU MOBO Combo

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September 8, 2013 2:23:36 PM


I built my PC 4 years ago

- i5 750
- Gigabyte GA-P55-UD3
- 4 x 2gb ddr3 1600 XMS3 Ram
- Seasonic X series 850w psu
- HD 7950 gpu
- CM Storm Sniper Mid tower
-Samsung 840 evo 250g ssd
- Zalman Optima heat sink

Some of the parts listed are upgrades i put in incrementally. I damaged my mobo when I was trying to install a new cooling solution. I was hoping to get a year or two out of my current cpu it didn't seem to bottleneck my gpu or hurt me in programs like photo shop. I was gonna try and wait to upgrade when ddr4 comes out. I have tried to find a new p55 mobo that allowed me to use usb 3 and sata 3. This turned out to be quite difficult there are limited options on ebay and online. I did find some but the prices seem crazy for old tech($130 and up). I think the best idea for me is to list my i5 750 on ebay and just get a new cpu + mobo. I want to get 2-3 years out of the mobo and cpu.

I use my rig mainly for
1) Gaming (skyrim, BF3, Tomb Raider etc.. ) at 1440p
2) Photo Shop (just as a hobby)
3) watch movies occasionally
4) Standard microsoft office stuff

I have a microcenter near me and these are options I am considering

1) FX6300 and M5A99FX PRO R2.0 Socket AM3+ 990FX ATX ($200)
(or M5A97 R2.0 Socket AM3+ ATX for $180)

2) FX8350 and M5A99FX PRO R2.0 Socket AM3+ 990FX ATX ($265)

3) i5-4670K and ASrock Z87 Extreme4 Socket LGA 1150 Z87 ($305)

What ever will give me the best value and meet my needs over the next 3 years would be best.

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September 8, 2013 4:06:03 PM

Unfortunately due to sheer inexperience with the FX range I cannot comment on them


I can for one tell you the Haswell 4670k is a solid choice and a killer processor, overclocked it will support all games (obviously accompanied with the correct GPU) and stock state is still killer so +1 for the 4670k
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September 8, 2013 4:54:16 PM

Agreed. The i5 4670k is the way to go. Just be sure and cool it properly.
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September 8, 2013 5:01:10 PM

+1 on cooling,
however with the 2 fans from the storm mid tower and the stock cpu fan, you should be alright (providing your not overclocking)
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September 8, 2013 5:12:17 PM

The 4670k beats any AMD CPU in gaming. Also, the LGA 1150 socket is nice to have for the future.
September 8, 2013 8:35:01 PM

Thanks for the help guys.