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October 27, 2013 9:03:31 AM

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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October 27, 2013 9:16:09 AM

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.
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October 27, 2013 1:44:06 PM

Thanks for the feedback, I will do some more research on the motherboard and CPU.
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October 27, 2013 1:54:56 PM

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
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October 28, 2013 6:51:49 AM

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.

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October 28, 2013 8:07:40 AM

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
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October 28, 2013 11:49:25 AM

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.
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October 28, 2013 12:07:23 PM

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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