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upgrading from i5-750/p55 CPU/MOBO. Quick suggestions please??

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November 27, 2013 9:03:03 PM

Decided to upgrade possible this week for black Friday. Really been needing a new CPU and processor (i5-750 and p55 1156 socket). Computer for Gaming/streaming/video/browsing. sticking with Intel more than likely.

Budget for CPU is roughly ~$250, MOBO ~$200, but mostly just want great ideas.

CPU Ideas: 4770k($290 newegg), 4670k($225 newegg), 3570k($200 newegg)
MOBO ideas: Suggestions for a nice future proof socket and mobo??.

Smart or bad idea to upgrade now? Maybe settle for a decent CPU now and get a future proof socket so I could upgrade to a even better CPU (only if some unbelievable next gen CPUS are about to hit)?

CPU suggestions mostly though please. Thanks MUCH APPRECIATED! :D 
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November 27, 2013 9:40:13 PM

If you are pretty serious about streaming (I'm guessing you mean live-streaming here) you might want to go with the i7-4770k. Live-streaming requires real-time software encoding (unless you have a complicated setup with a capture card) which is fairly CPU intensive and the hyperthreading on core i7s will help you out here.

If live-streaming is not that much of a concern the i5-4670k or 3570k will fulfill all your gaming and other needs just fine.

As for mobo, Asus makes some good ones (Maximus series or Z87/Z77-Pro). If you want something for a little cheaper you can go with ASRock Extreme 3/4 (there are both Z77 and Z87 versions). Just make sure to get the right chipset for the CPU you buy: Z87 for Haswell, Z77 for Ivy Bridge.

There isn't really much in the way of future proof motherboards out there now. The Intel 7-series (e.g. Z77) is already a dead-end. As for 8-series (e.g. Z87), upcoming Broadwell chips are rumored to require new Intel 9-series chipsets and will not be compatible with the 8-series (despite still using the LGA 1150 socket). This means that no currently-available Intel chipset will be viable for upgrades for more than a year (Broadwell is slated for release Q4 2014). Even at the uber high end, the upcoming Haswell-E CPUs are ditching X79 (which is getting quite old already) for X99.
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