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September 23, 2013 10:23:36 AM

Been reading through the forums and have not found an answer that satisfies me yet so here we go:

Looking to upgrade my mobo and chipset to bring my rig into the 2010's, I am actually running an E8600 so havn't been able to really enjoy gaming for a while.

I've got a $500 prize for future shop, I live in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

So my power supply is new, video card died a few years back and I picked up a used GTX 550 Ti (lame I know) but my CPU is definitely the bottleneck.

So, for about 500 bucks I need a cup, ram and a mobo. Overclocking would be fun, it has kept this chipset a viable gaming device for a long time, but not sure if over clocking a cheaper chip is the way to go. Any suggestions? My research has pushed me toward a i7 3770K, what do you guys think?

(also I can always drop more money on ram, the 500 should hopefully cover the chip and mobo though)
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September 23, 2013 11:19:40 AM

I would probably go for something else like a i5-4670k with a decent mobo and a cheap 8gb RAM chip.

I personally recently bought a 4670k with a Gigabyte Z87-UD4H and 8gb Corsair Vengeance RAM and I love it. I think those things together ran me about $450-500 from various online suppliers also in Canada. I'm not sure what your future shop will be able to supply or at what price though.
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September 23, 2013 11:50:54 AM

Applepienation said:
I would probably go for something else like a i5-4670k with a decent mobo and a cheap 8gb RAM chip.

I personally recently bought a 4670k with a Gigabyte Z87-UD4H and 8gb Corsair Vengeance RAM and I love it. I think those things together ran me about $450-500 from various online suppliers also in Canada. I'm not sure what your future shop will be able to supply or at what price though.


Any reason for the change in processor? I am looking at the asus extreme4 for my mobo, your suggestion is unavailable, and while future shop does stock the processor, they currently have none.
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September 23, 2013 12:15:12 PM

dylanwebb said:

Any reason for the change in processor? I am looking at the asus extreme4 for my mobo, your suggestion is unavailable, and while future shop does stock the processor, they currently have none.


Mostly just because the increase in performance is marginal. Additionally, the old 3770k's chipset is dead. They aren't making any new CPUs for it, so going for a Haswell processor would allow upgrades in the future, and not just to a 4770k, I mean up to the next generation of processor. Buying the i5 would also save some money for a newer GPU.

Also from what I'm looking at online, a Asus Extreme 4 is a LGA 2011 mobo, not the 1155 needed for the 3770k anyways. I could be wrong, I might be looking at the wrong mobo.

However, if you want the i7 go for it. It is still an exceptional processor, although I would still suggest a Haswell chip personally.
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