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Stick with i7 3770 or change to i5 3570k?

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February 1, 2014 4:50:24 AM

Hi, I currently have an i7 3770 CPU, but I need a new motherboard because I recently bought a new case with USB3 sockets, but my current motherboard does not support USB3.

So, my question:
When I upgrade my motherboard, should I also buy a new processor? (i5 3570k), or should I just stick with my current i7?

Thanks in advance,
Smelliot Button

P.S: I use my PC for gaming
February 1, 2014 5:36:44 AM

I really would rather buy a new motherboard, because the one I have at the moment is not really that great.
It's the ASUS P8H61-MX 2.0

Edit: This is how my motherboard and case look now. Is this normal?

(The PCI-E slot does not line up with the case slots.)
(My GPU is on order, so I haven't had chance to check if it fits)
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February 1, 2014 6:22:05 AM

I'd keep the i7 over the i5 any day. To overclock on that i5 you'd need a Z87 motherboard, I just don't think it's worth what you pay since you'll need an aftermarket cooler too. Plus, you'd lose out on the extra 4 threads that the i7 provides.
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February 1, 2014 6:26:36 AM

I agree, nothing wrong with that mobo. why do you say it is not that great?
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February 1, 2014 6:44:34 AM

13thmonkey said:
I agree, nothing wrong with that mobo. why do you say it is not that great?


It doesn't have any USB3 sockets, and I'd prefer to get a ATX board rather than my current mATX
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February 1, 2014 6:53:13 AM

can you case take a matx board? you are going to get no more functionality than you would by simply getting a usb3 card. Unless... you plan to SLI/Crossfire etc. uatx boards perform the same as atx boards, you can't OC on your current board though.
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February 1, 2014 7:01:18 AM

13thmonkey said:
can you case take a matx board? you are going to get no more functionality than you would by simply getting a usb3 card. Unless... you plan to SLI/Crossfire etc. uatx boards perform the same as atx boards, you can't OC on your current board though.


Can the plugs for the front panel USB3 ports be plugged into a USB3 card?
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February 1, 2014 7:10:46 AM

if you get one with a usb3 header on it then yes.
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February 1, 2014 7:18:26 AM

13thmonkey said:
if you get one with a usb3 header on it then yes.


Ok. Thank you for helping me.

By the way, did you look at my picture? Is that normal for the PCI-E port to be higher than the slot in the case?
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February 1, 2014 7:27:35 AM

yes because the fingers of the card that fit into it are at the top of the card. so the card hangs down from the socket. If you have the budget and the psu then consider a gpu upgrade if you have the money.
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February 1, 2014 7:31:56 AM

13thmonkey said:
yes because the fingers of the card that fit into it are at the top of the card. so the card hangs down from the socket. If you have the budget and the psu then consider a gpu upgrade if you have the money.


One step ahead, aha. I've ordered the Sapphire Toxic R9 280X from EbuyerUK

Edit: Can you recommend a USB3 PCI thing please with a header?
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February 1, 2014 10:19:40 PM

If you want to overclock, go with the i5 3570k. Otherwise I'd definitely get the i7 3770.
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