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$500 CPU and Mobo Upgrades, need help!

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January 16, 2014 12:42:32 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP

Budget Range: $500-$550, prefer to stick around $500.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Are you buying a monitor: No



Parts to Upgrade: (e.g.: CPU, mobo, RAM) CPU, mobo, RAM. Re-using my Rosewill Green Series 530w power supply.

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Location: Reno, NV, USA

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024, will probably upgrade to a bigger monitor in the future.

Additional Comments: Looking for a solid build to upgrade my PC, my graphics card is meh, a Radeon HD 6770, which I'll upgrade next paycheck, but my CPU is a big bottleneck that needs to be fixed.
EDIT: Forgot to add, the motherboard must be a micro-ATX, I'm not sure if my case could support a full ATX, and the one I have currently is a Micro-ATX so I'd prefer to stick with what I know for sure will fit in my case.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My cpu is a Intel Core 2 Duo E8500, and it consistently fails to be at the level I'd wish it to, so I'm upgrading it to something nice. I don't need absolute $1000 state of the art, just something solid and reliable that is still in the top tier, with the option to overclock at a later date if I feel like doing so. Without further adieu, I list my prospective specs I have picked out below, I would like a review if they seem to be solid, and if you have a better idea of something I could stick in there I'd love to hear it. I've been thinking of going with Ivy Bridge over Haswell as I don't need the absolute newest, and the newer 1150 mobos seem to be pricy, though I could be persuaded if it really seems like it'd make a difference, but the 4670k vs the 3570k performance seems negligible for the price.

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CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K $230
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo: ASRock Z77 Extreme4-M LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard $139.50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9D-8GBXL $85
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - CPU Cooler with 120 mm PWM Fan $40
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Total: 489.46

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January 16, 2014 1:08:35 AM

Id go now with hasswell. Mobo is same price and new mobos are better. In two months there is coming new intel chipset to market. So old is good buy if it is cheaper. But go with older if you want. Id look for better cooler.
One option on my build. I did go with gigabyte mobo because it is best choice under 150¤ price.
And I did find good Cl8 memory.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Thermalright Macho-120 73.6 CFM CPU Cooler ($45.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($134.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $485.96
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-16 04:07 EST-0500)

And look here for cheap deals. Good luck with your build :) 
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January 16, 2014 1:12:01 AM

$3 less and got you a much better cooler that runs quiet. Evo is the loudest fan in my build. This is my suggestion:

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U12S 55.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($59.50 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-C ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($82.05 @ NCIX US)
Total: $486.53
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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January 16, 2014 1:43:47 AM

Thank you all for the suggestions, I might just take you up on the Haswell, but the only kicker is that both the boards that have been linked are ATX form factor, not Micro-ATX, and I don't think they will fit in my case that I have currently :(  it's an average Antec mid-size tower, I can't find the actual name or label on it anywhere for the life of my though to find the specs. All I know is Micro-ATX fits, so is there possibly a good mobo for Haswell that is micro-ATX form factor?
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January 16, 2014 2:35:40 AM

Hey all, I've done some shopping and here's what I came up with, I think I'm going to order it:

Intel Core i5-4670K Haswell 3.4GHz LGA 1150 84W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics BX80646I54670K $240
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI Z87M GAMING LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard $160
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR2 $85
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - CPU Cooler with 120 mm PWM Fan $40
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Grand Total: $566.09

It went a bit over budget, but all the cheap Micro-ATX boards had crap reviews, and I refuse to scrimp on quality when it comes to my motherboard. A loud cooling fan doesn't bother me as I have sound canceling headphones anyway, so I think I'll be fine with it. The RAM was on the supported list at MSI's site, so I know it'll work solid, and I figured what they hey let's go Haswell and take a step into the future. I think I'm pretty set on this build, but I'll wait til tomorrow to decide for sure. If anyone has something they really, really think is better or that I am missing, by all means please let me know :) 
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January 16, 2014 5:02:59 AM

Here is the same 1866 RAM but it is 1.5V. You chose a low voltage 1.25V RAM, DO NOT get that. You should get 1.5V.
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f314900cl9d8...


This is the mobo I'd go with for $160.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ttp://pcpartpicker.com/p/2CbwP
CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U12S 55.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($59.50 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus GRYPHON Z87 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($167.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $552.46
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January 16, 2014 11:25:35 AM

If OC is not so importand you can buy much cheaper mobo.
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-gab85...
If OC is maybe then Id look for Xeon CPU. But with this you need video card. No iGPU n this cpu.
If you need iGPU then look for 4670 (non k=) Xeon is i7 just like 4770 but only 100MHz slower clock speed.
With this save you can buy SSD. Or upgrade video card..
SSD. http://pcpartpicker.com/part/sandisk-internal-hard-driv...



PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V3 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($243.08 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B85M-HD3 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: A-Data XPG V2 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($75.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $389.05
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-16 14:20 EST-0500)
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