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Trying to figure out what to upgrade

Hi there,
So I was thinking about doing a slow upgrade since I'm a bit short on cash, for upgrades, and I've been with my current rig for about 4-5years.
I was thinking about getting an i7-4770k along with the ASUS z87-pro or Gigabyte z87x
That's about a ~$450 upgrade. (Maybe upgrade again later in the year when I save some $$$)
The problem is, should I be upgrading my motherboard/cpu or should I just purchase a graphics card, possibly the GTX 770, for something around that price?
I'm currently running a i5-760 with an ASUS P7H55-M motherboard and a EVGA GTX 470
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  1. How about cheaper version? Only thing you lose is OC ability. Still this cpu is i7 but price is i5. Still it do have HT + 8Treads. No iGPU but that you will not need gaming machine anyway.
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V3 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($244.48 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B85-HD3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($88.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($329.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Total: $663.44
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-23 11:08 EST-0500)

    Then look how much save is or how much more OC build is making more price. + you need good cpu cooler to OC. In that cheaper build you can buy much cheaper cpu cooler. If u think you need more silent build.
    Price difrence can be about 150 - 200$ depending what cooler u plan on buing. That is half what video card price is.


    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: Asus Z87-PRO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($169.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($329.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Total: $819.96
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-23 11:11 EST-0500)

    Best thing is that you do not lose much performance.
    http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+Xeon+E3-1230+v3+%40+3.30GHz&id=1942
  2. Thanks for your detailed response AxlFone.

    I'm currently using the Hyper 212 evo as my current after market cooler, so hopefully that isn't too much of a problem.
    I guess I should've mentioned that I opted to go with the i7-4770k because a friend of mine is selling me his for $250 since he bought it and didn't realize he needed a new motherboard, lucky me. I am also aware that the benefits on the 4th gen isn't very noticeable but for $250, I don't think I could pass it down.
    With that said, it would still be on par with the Xeon E3-1230 V3 you posted based on price, should I just purchase the motherboard you suggested?

    Or rather than the Asus z87-PRO, how about just the normal Asus z87-A. About a $60 difference. And I don't think I'll be utilizing all the PCI ports that the Pro has to offer anyway.
  3. Best answer
    Asus PRO is good mobo. Good cheaper is Gigabyte X-D3H / UD3H. But sure is Asus A is cheap than you can use it. Cheaper mobo is gigabyte Z-87 HD3.
    Asus A is bit expensive side now.
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-motherboard-z87a
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-gaz87hd3
    Just look mobo do have enough sata ports and usb ports. Maybe best look Asus and Gigabyte site.
    http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4489#ov
    https://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Z87A/
  4. Just took a peak at the sites to check if they have enough SATA and USB ports. I'll take a peak at my current computer when I have a chance later.
    Is there a big difference between the Gigabyte X-D3h and the Asus-Z87a? The main differences, that are at first glance, are the features provided by the ASUS.
    I heard from a friend of mine that the gigabyte motherboards take long to boot, which still confuses me how but it caused me to opt more in favor of the ASUS boards.
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