Should I downgrade motherboard for better GPU?

For my PC build, I was planning to run an HD 7870 with an i5 4670k and MSI Z87 G45 motherboard. However, I am getting increasingly concerned that the 7870 might not have enough juice to play ARMA, Skyrim with mods, Crysis, Metro, and others on fairly high settings.

I was thinking of upgrading to a GTX 760, but being on a tight budget, the only way I would be able to do that would be to downgrade my motherboard by $50, to a max price of $130.

Is this worth it? If so, which motherboard should I get? I'm currently considering this Gigabyte GA-Z87X-HD3. Anything better to suggest?

Please keep in mind that I'm a Canuck (prices are too goddamn high here) and therefore recommendations need to be in Canadian $$ from Canadian retailers (ex.

The Z87 G45
The GTX 760
The 7870 will be around $200-$210 depending on what's in stock.

The full build

Thanks for any advice!
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  1. Are you planning to crossfire/SLI in the future? Both of those motherboards are VERY capable of handling anything. The MSI mobo seems to be just a waste of money compared to the Gigabyte one. They both have the same exact features.
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    A Z series motherboard is a Z series motherboard, they all do the same thing. Unless one has more ports or something you need, theres no reason to get the more expensive one.
  3. Amen, cookybiscuit. They both have 2 x16 slots running at x16 and x8 I believe. Unless you want to SLI/Crossfire, you can go even lower!
  4. I'm not planning to SLI/Crossfire. Shall I pick the gigabyte then? Or do you guys have a better recommendation?

    All I really need is a good motherboard which will let me overclock with stabiliy.
  5. +1 for gigabyte .
    Your CPU is the best on toms' recommended CPUs list (,3106-4.html), while 7870 is middle range. Mine is the same model BTW :)
    Definitely need more GPU power to balance the system. If you are not hard AMD fan tom's recommendations currently are for 760, 770 based cards.,3107-4.html

    If you're gonna overclock plan for aftermarker tower cooler also.
  6. Thanks for the help guys!
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