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February 4, 2014 3:23:41 PM

So sometime around the start of the New Year, I had decided to assemble a PC to replace my current media laptop. About a month later, I have acquired a video card, power supply unit, memory, and solid state drive. All that remains is for me to select a CPU and motherboard.

http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/user/Alceister/saved/3rA2

Initially, my goal was to produce an $800 CAD gaming system. However, as I became more involved with this project, my requirements evolved as follows:


  • Keeping after tax and rebates cost under $1000 CAD
  • Potential for future upgrades to performance
  • Energy efficient (when not at full load)
  • Low overall noise levels


  • At this point, what I need help with is figuring out which combination of CPU and motherboard would satisfy my requirements.

    The i5-4670k would be my optimal choice, but I feel that I may need to consider alternatives in the event that I cannot get it at a comfortable price. Given that my RAM is capable of overclocking to 1866 mhz, I think that I would probably need a z87 motherboard, but I cannot make up my mind as to which model or brand I should choose.
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    February 4, 2014 4:14:44 PM

    shortstuff_mt said:
    The Gigabyte GA-Z87-HD3 is a pretty nice board for a low price.


    How does it stack up against other boards of similar price?
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    February 4, 2014 4:23:28 PM

    In my experience Gigabyte boards always fare very well to comparable motherboards from other manufacturers. I've had the best luck with Asus and Gigabyte boards over the years. What price range are you looking at for the motherboard?
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    February 4, 2014 4:39:50 PM

    shortstuff_mt said:
    In my experience Gigabyte boards always fare very well to comparable motherboards from other manufacturers. I've had the best luck with Asus and Gigabyte boards over the years. What price range are you looking at for the motherboard?


    I'm looking to keep collective costs of the CPU and motherboard around $461.81 after taxes, or $408.68 before taxes.

    So using Newegg as a pricing reference for the 4670k, I'd have about $150 to spend on a motherboard.

    Reason why I want other manufacturers for comparison is so that I have a selection of motherboards so that I can compare prices before making a final decision on what to purchase.
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    February 4, 2014 5:17:43 PM
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