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November 27, 2013 4:52:41 PM

I've been looking to upgrade my PC I bought a few years ago. This PC was store-bought and not put together myself. Obviously I've replaced many parts of it, but I'm looking to upgrade my motherboard and processor.

My Current Build

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Operating System
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1

CPU
Intel Core i7 860 @ 2.80GHz 57 °C
Lynnfield 45nm Technology

RAM
8.00GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 664MHz (9-9-9-24)

Motherboard
LENOVO To be filled by O.E.M. (CPU 1) 26 °C

Graphics
W2753 (1920x1080@59Hz)
2047MB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 (Gigabyte) 35 °C

Hard Drives
932GB Hitachi HDS721010CLA332 (SATA) 40 °C

Optical Drives
TSSTcorp CDDVDW TS-H653G

Audio
NVIDIA Virtual Audio Device (Wave Extensible) (WDM)


Now for a new processor, I'm looking at one of two options:

i7 4770k 3.5GHz
http://www.microcenter.com/product/413248/Core_i7_4770K_35GHz_Socket_LGA_1150_Boxed_Processor

or

i5 4670k 3.4GHz
http://www.microcenter.com/product/413251/Core_i5_4670K_34GHz_Socket_LGA_1150_Boxed_Processor

I've done some research and have seen that there is not much of a difference between the two other than the fact that the 4770k allows for higher multi-threading capabilities than the 4670k, things like video rendering etc. Is it worth the extra $50 though?

I'm in need of a motherboard along with the processor because my socket is outdated. I was looking at bundles that Microcenter offers and two have caught my eye:

For the i7 4770k:
http://gyazo.com/5d20ea3d0d84a23c792d68375db3ba57.png

For the i5 4670k:
http://gyazo.com/8c7d9dad47bb39ecdcfdd92e385dd77e.png

Which would be more beneficial to me for gaming? I'm looking for higher performance than I currently have. Is there also any other suggestions somebody has for a processor and/or motherboard? I am very new with this stuff but I'm really interested in one of those two processors. I know absolutely nothing about motherboards though. Some more bundles that Microcenter offers can be found here.

Thanks for the help!
November 27, 2013 5:04:17 PM

Tradesman1 said:
For a gaming rig, the 4670K is more than sufficient, wouldn't touch a MSI mobo though, poor QC, take a look at the Asus Z87-A

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

;) 


What do you mean by poor QC? And that would require an extra about $60 for that motherboard.
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November 27, 2013 5:07:14 PM

Quality Control - I get more problem calls on their mobos than any two other mobo makers combined (and I don't even build on their mobos)
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November 27, 2013 5:19:55 PM

Tradesman1 said:
Quality Control - I get more problem calls on their mobos than any two other mobo makers combined (and I don't even build on their mobos)


I'm really in need of something under $300. Would the Asrock bundle be worth it then?
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November 27, 2013 5:39:12 PM

The Rock is much better of a choice for a mobo as far as quality - which one are you looking at?
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November 27, 2013 6:50:04 PM

If that's it with the 4670K yes
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November 27, 2013 6:55:30 PM

Tradesman1 said:
If that's it with the 4670K yes


That's what I was thinking too. It seems like a great deal to me :)  Thank you so much for all your help, I'll report back soon once I've purchased the bundle and installed it.

I was thinking of trying to overclock it too, but I know nothing about it and am not sure how to do it or if I would be at risk. Would you be willing to assist me in it once I get the bundle?
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November 27, 2013 7:00:07 PM

Sure no problem, can post up a new thread when you get ready, and if you want, PM me with a link to the new thread in case I miss it, in the meantime, may want to close this thread ;) 
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November 27, 2013 7:59:02 PM

Tradesman1 said:
Sure no problem, can post up a new thread when you get ready, and if you want, PM me with a link to the new thread in case I miss it, in the meantime, may want to close this thread ;) 


I'm getting a 404 error while trying to PM you. I think it may have to do with my account not being confirmed because I'm not receiving a confirmation email.
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November 27, 2013 8:27:40 PM

That, and/or the developers are working on the forum programming so things can go in and out - sent you a test message, see if you can reply to it
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