Decent gaming motherboard (no over clock required)

My current motherboard has decided to quit reading my hard drives and it's pretty old anyway. I have been doing a LOT of reading and I have figured a few things out.

1.) I am probably looking at motherboards that have featured that I may not necessarily need. My current board is a Gigabyte GA-EP35-DS3R. I thought that a Z87X-UD3H would be a good upgrade. I don't need overclocking, I have never used it, (and frankly wouldn't know how to :??:) so I figured I also wouldn't need a CPU cooler. Let's face it, I am only playing games like COD and the like. So should I choose a different MOBO?

2.) I was looking at maxing out my memory, but when I looked at the "best build" sticky thread, I realized that most of those builds only had 8G of RAM. I was looking at putting in 32G, but does that matter/is it necessary to have that much RAM?

3.) I have a great case already, I do not need a new one (Antec 900). It stays nice and cool with the fans in it now, will I need to add extra fans? (I have several brand new ones if need be).

4.) I have a 520W power supply, which seems sufficient for a new system. So I can save a few bucks there.

5.) I am looking to put an i7 processor on the board, but I want to know if I REALLY NEED TO. I currently have a Quad 4 that worked fine when the board was functioning.

So far, I am estimating around $700 for new parts. Any suggestions would be accepted graciously.
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  1. No need in going with such an expensive board. I would go with something like this -
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    Depending on what CPU you'll be using, you have to choose the mobo off of that. You can't mix and match; find a CPU you want and find a motherboard with the same socket as the CPU.
    I recommend you an i5, 4th gen, if possible. Though if you want to game, you're probably going to need a GPU powerful enough and in turn, a PSU powerful enough.
    My recommendation is, choose a Haswell i5, and a H87 motherboard. Those support up to 32GB of RAM, but I wouldn't really go further than 8, really, unless you're compiling things in Linux. Choose a GPU based on your budget, but do count on getting a new PSU, since 500W is barely enough to power a mobo+CPU+GPU alone.

    A note for PSU choosing; never look for a PSU to fit your minimum requirements, always go a step over that.
    And a note for mobo choosing; don't buy models with chipsets starting with Bxx. Those are really low-end and not good for anything but building a cheap PC for internet browsing.
  3. Thanks for the feedback, I will do some more research on the motherboard and CPU.
  4. MWith your budget, might want to go 4670K, and the Asus Z87 - A, that way, while may not want to now the possibility of OCing is there in the future to prolong the life of the rig, and the K model is only about $10 more. As far as DRAM, 8GB is normally sufficient for gaming and general use, but 16GB would again set you up more for the future
  5. Thanks again for the feedback. Upon some research I like the ASRock Fatal1ty H87 Performance LGA 1150 Intel H87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard. I planned on putting a Intel Core i5-4670K Haswell 3.4GHz LGA 1150 84W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics BX80646I54670K CPU on board. I know that I will have to buy a bigger PSU and new RAM, but I think that this may be a great rig.

    So with this board and CPU choice in mind, what memory should I add? I looked at GSkill, but I'd never heard of them before now. I have always used PNY (cheap, but effective) and Corsair.
  6. GSkill has been around for years, they are the industry leader in high performance DRAM and innovation, with your rig would look to the Snipers or the Tridents
  7. Kingston is the way to go with their ValueRAM, if you want cheap RAM.
    I prefer Corsair; they last, are pretty cheap and are great for OC (and are great even without it).

    Just choose how much of the stuff you want/need, see your budget and find a stick/sticks that attracts you both with features and design. The higher-end ones have metal coolers on the top, so if OC is your thing or you have a hot room, that could be the way to go. If you don't though, choose whichever fits your needs.
  8. When looking - especially with 1866/1600/and 1333 sticks, stay away from the 1.6-1.65 sticks, look for 1.5 set
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