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need advice on on mobo + cpu upgrade: 'futureproofing' vs. current compatibitlity

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September 12, 2013 11:01:01 PM

just need some generalized upgrade advice based on me current specs:

oem win7 os (replacing)
1 tb 7200rpm 32 Mb cache Samsung hdd (keeping)
8gb RAM at 1333mhz, ddr3 (i think) (keeping, for now)
intel i5 760 2.8 Ghz processor factory oc'd to 2.9, quad core (see why im upgrading?)
some crapp-@$$ dell mobo w/ locked bios 9.6" x 9.6" FF (see why im upgrading?)
HIS Radeon hd 7870 gpu (iceq turbo factory oc'd to 1 ghz, 2Gb ddr5) (keeping)
corsair 'gaming series' 600w psu (keeping)
dvd burner (keeping)
mini tower case (hoping to keep to save $, but not attached to it)

don't fret over the oem windows, I'm just gonna buy a copy of 8 unless told not to. That's what gaiming clouds are for. Cuz hey, why not heedlessly give ms more of my $?

so obvs i'll want pci-e 3.0 to take advantage of my new-ish gpu
and usb 3.0 x4 (true, not stupid parallel ports, i run an instrument interface for recording, wireless kb/m, and xpadder with a wireless xbox controller)
and sata III for my eventual ssd purchase

bad part is, im on that old school lga 1156 socket, so mobo and cpu need to be done together. not necessarily loyal to intel or amd, but still probably gonna go with an intel. also, should i worry about ssd first? or memory clock speed?

and lastly, yes, this setup began life as an inspiron 580, but has become frankenstein. finally time to cut dell's head off and install my own. don't hate. (plz?)

really only need the one pci-e 3.0 x16 rail/slot/thingamajig for meh gpu. and a sata III conn for ssd, doesnt really matter on hdd, which ill be keeping. not trying to do any CF busy-ness (see what i did there?)

and yes, budget oriented, but with bells and whistles. budget in the sense that i wont have a ton of peripheral drives/ add ons. will only consider raiding if you tell me i'm a downright transient for not learning the setup. as you can see, i only know enough to be dangerous, lol.

thnx in advance. you rock dude.......

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September 12, 2013 11:04:15 PM

First thing to ask is do you have a budget in mind?
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September 12, 2013 11:08:23 PM

$300-$400
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September 12, 2013 11:13:16 PM

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1yxbT

That allows you to get a new case, motherboard and CPU and leaves you with $50 to play with if you planned on topping out you budget, as for Windows, you may want to try to get the OEM copy reactivated if at all possible.
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September 12, 2013 11:20:06 PM

xroe said:
First thing to ask is do you have a budget in mind?


xroe said:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1yxbT

That allows you to get a new case, motherboard and CPU and leaves you with $50 to play with if you planned on topping out you budget, as for Windows, you may want to try to get the OEM copy reactivated if at all possible.


bless you if for nothing else than the link, brah. i got too lazy to do my own research and you totally one upped me with a site that analyzes incompatibilities for me. You DO rock dude...
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September 12, 2013 11:22:09 PM

No problem man, also that site is useful for budgeting a system in the future as it keeps current pricing on most every piece of available hardware. It will even show approx watt usage. Best of luck with upgrading and don't hesitate to ask anything else.
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September 13, 2013 12:07:17 AM

Riffychuggs said:
$300-$400


you got a microcenter near by? you can get the i 5 4670k and Asus Maximus VI Hero for $375 when purchased together. $40 off the CPU, $30 of the mobo. it's a great deal.

if you want to go a little cheaper, you can get the gigabyte Z87x UD4h and 4670k for about $330.

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September 13, 2013 12:08:47 AM

solomonshv said:
Riffychuggs said:
$300-$400


you got a microcenter near by? you can get the i 5 4670k and Asus Maximus VI Hero for $375 when purchased together. $40 off the CPU, $30 of the mobo. it's a great deal.

if you want to go a little cheaper, you can get the gigabyte Z87x UD4h and 4670k for about $330.



Times like that I wish I didn't live in a back water swamp of a town. The closest microcenter is a 4 hour drive.
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September 13, 2013 12:12:21 AM

xroe said:
Times like that I wish I didn't live in a back water swamp of a town. The closest microcenter is a 4 hour drive.


that sucks. sorry, didn't mean to tease you. the closest MC to me is over an hour away from. i go there 2 or 3 times a year when i drive to visit relatives or go skiing. every time i'm there i also stock on compressed air. it's only $7 for a pack of 3 while staples charges $12 for 1 freakin' can.
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September 13, 2013 12:13:02 AM

solomonshv said:
Riffychuggs said:
$300-$400


you got a microcenter near by? you can get the i 5 4670k and Asus Maximus VI Hero for $375 when purchased together. $40 off the CPU, $30 of the mobo. it's a great deal.

if you want to go a little cheaper, you can get the gigabyte Z87x UD4h and 4670k for about $330.



is microcenter a natioonal chain? then no, im assuming. in okc, newegg is your friendly local hardware dealer. because my friendly local harware dealer didnt even have a sata cable for me when i had to move things around in my case to cram that giant coolant system of a gpu in. but they had wireless mice. and iphone charging cords...........
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September 13, 2013 12:16:05 AM

Riffychuggs said:
is microcenter a natioonal chain? then no, im assuming. in okc, newegg is your friendly local hardware dealer. because my friendly local harware dealer didnt even have a sata cable for me when i had to move things around in my case to cram that giant coolant system of a gpu in. but they had wireless mice. and iphone charging cords...........


i was just asking. if not microcenter than Fry's is another great place to look for combo deals.

i think microcenter currently has 25 opened locations and adding 10 more right now, including 2 in NYC (my town) that will open by new years.

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September 13, 2013 12:19:25 AM

solomonshv said:
Riffychuggs said:
is microcenter a natioonal chain? then no, im assuming. in okc, newegg is your friendly local hardware dealer. because my friendly local harware dealer didnt even have a sata cable for me when i had to move things around in my case to cram that giant coolant system of a gpu in. but they had wireless mice. and iphone charging cords...........


i was just asking. if not microcenter than Fry's is another great place to look for combo deals.

i think microcenter currently has 25 opened locations and adding 10 more right now, including 2 in NYC (my town) that will open by new years.



thank you for the info, didn't mean to come off snippy, sarcasm = humor in my book. fallacious as it is, that's me. thank you for your patience.
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September 13, 2013 12:27:59 AM

Riffychuggs said:
thank you for the info, didn't mean to come off snippy, sarcasm = humor in my book. fallacious as it is, that's me. thank you for your patience.


don't worry about it. it's 3am, i'm at the airport, and my brain is just too tired to process things. i wouldn't be able to tell sarcasm from Jehovah's preaching right now. something along those lines.
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