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December 28, 2013 10:00:17 AM

Hey guys/gals...im starting to put together new ideas for a future proof rig (well 2-3 yrs)....At the moment I have An:

ATI 7970
1000 watt Psu
8GB ram DDR3
Haf case 912

I have been running these in an older comp: motherboard . . .Asus P7P55DLE and an i7 860 2.80 Ghz.......


My FPS could be better in newer games and im due an upgrade for a Motherboard and CPU...

Now...I am looking into the MSIZ87 G45 Motherboard (which is pretty new,well this year at least)....but I was gonna buy the CPU,i don't know whether to go for the I7 Haswell , or Ivy bridge.

the Ivy bridge is the : i7-3770 3.4 8mb
And the haswell is: i7 -4770K 1150 3.5 GHz....3.9 Turbo.

These are my 2 options,im getting different points of view and getting stumped,so I thought I would ask here as well.

Im also looking into a cooler that would fit the case above and anything that you could suggest for my gaming build.

PS:im sure all these parts will work nice together in the case,but incase I misjudged anything could you please elaborate and help a gamer in need.


Thank you guys

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a c 82 V Motherboard
December 28, 2013 10:07:09 AM

If you are only going to be gaming, I'd suggest getting an i5 4670k. The Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO is popular (low-cost, good performance) but if you are looking for cream of the crop air-cooling I'd suggest looking at some of Noctua's offerings (they come in a varity of sizes and have some low=profile models as well). But if you are really concerned about case clearance and motherboard issues (i.e.-RAM heighth restriction and slot coverage) you may want to consider a self-contained water-cooling set-up such as those made by Corsair, Cooler Master and many other manufacturers.
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December 28, 2013 10:42:00 AM

animal said:
If you are only going to be gaming, I'd suggest getting an i5 4670k. The Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO is popular (low-cost, good performance) but if you are looking for cream of the crop air-cooling I'd suggest looking at some of Noctua's offerings (they come in a varity of sizes and have some low=profile models as well). But if you are really concerned about case clearance and motherboard issues (i.e.-RAM heighth restriction and slot coverage) you may want to consider a self-contained water-cooling set-up such as those made by Corsair, Cooler Master and many other manufacturers.


Thanks ill look into this CPU instead then, yes its mainly gaming (battlefield 4).......Hows the board? What about cooling....I was gonna go liquid cooling for the CPU


BTW...my case is the coolermaster haf 932 advanced
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a c 82 V Motherboard
December 28, 2013 11:02:08 AM

I've heard both good and bad concerning the MSI motherboard, but since you are going to save some money on the cpu, you might want to consider the Asus ROG series, like the Hero or others in the ROG lin-up. I'm pretty sure that case will fit about any cooler you wish to install, although it's possible that the side fan could restrict clearance. But if you are going to a water-cooling solution, should be no issue. Just make sure you have the room for where the radiator will be installed.
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December 28, 2013 11:13:22 AM

Hows the ASUS rog Hero edition..i can pick that up for about £150 ($200)....is that the best board for buck,regarding gaming....The extree edition is pretty expensive but the hero edition could be purchesed
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a c 82 V Motherboard
December 28, 2013 11:51:18 AM

If the Hero is not the best gaming motherboard at that price-point, it's definitely one of the top ones. Asus is the top motherboard manufacturer IMHO.
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December 28, 2013 12:00:52 PM

Nice thanks for info......So far I have :

Asus ROG Maximus VI Hero
I5 4670K 3.4Ghz
Corsair H100i Cooler
1000Wt Modular PSU
ATI 7970
Corsair 8GB DDR3 Ram


How is this for an upgrade and run games in High/Ultra for a couple of years at least?......Anything I could add?
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a b V Motherboard
December 28, 2013 12:06:17 PM

I run the MSI G45 board, some people have had some bad luck with it but that is with any product. The board is solid and makes it easy to overclock on. Also if you can afford it go with the I5-4670k, and just throw on the $30 Evo 212 cooler and you will be happy with the results, or you can run a H100i. You don't have to go with a 1000 watt PSU but since i am guessing you already have it, might as well use it. Your ram is fine and everything looks pretty solid to me, if you are going to buy a new PSU i would suggest seasonic, xfx, some of the corsairs or Antec brands.
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a c 82 V Motherboard
December 28, 2013 12:07:40 PM

who makes your PSU? Don't forget that you will need a HDD and OS unless you already have those. What speed is your RAM?
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December 28, 2013 12:48:32 PM

Yeah I already have an 120 SSD and 2x 2TB HDD.....the PSU is modular ill look later and find the make.
The Ram at the moment (im using older ram) is 8GB DDR3 (ram frequency 668).....using cpuz

might get corsair Ram 16GB 2600
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a c 82 V Motherboard
December 28, 2013 12:57:14 PM

You probably have dual channel RAM so actually it's probably 1333 speed RAM. You will notice a difference even if you just go with a DDR3 1600 kit, but get whatever RAM speed you are comfortable with running. Just make sure to check your motherboard's QVL (compatible memory) or go to a manufacturer's website (such as Corsair.com, G. Skill.com, etc.) and use their memory configurator program/app to see what RAM they make that is compatible with your motherboard.
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