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Upgrading need help with amd/intel choice and more based on price

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February 20, 2014 11:04:31 AM

I'm currently using a old system that just failed...(well I bent half the CPU pins when pulling CPU out in frustration when it crashed and wouldn't post after)

I plan on reusing my case, possibly monitor, mouse, keyboard, DVD drive, psu, hdds, and posibly water cooling if it will work.

Old system

Asus crosshair II formula
Phenom black 940
16 gb patriot extreme ddr2
2x 8800gtx
Thermal take tough power 850w
4x wd 250gig hdd
Cooler master cosmos s full tower
Hanns g 22" 1680x1050 monitor
Bigwater 780e water cooling


I'm looking to purchase
Mobo
CPU
Ram
Gpu
Ssd
And prob os(curently running vista)
Debating monitor

My bigest problem that I'm having is figuring out what mobo and CPU to select... I'm leaning to intel, but I like to try and support amd.

I plan on playing Starcraft 2, wow, and other titles to be released. A lot of Starcraft and wow though.

I will spend Aprox 1200 all said and done. Prob 300 every 2 weeks.

Sorry for the bad layout of this, I'm using my cell phone with my PC not working. Any and all suggestions on how to place my recourses and suggestions on build would be great.

I'm thinking samsung pro ssd 250 that toms loves so much for the ssd.

Oh, I don't plan on going sli. I don't need wifi or Bluetooth, I will likely over clock slightly, but not try and push every inch.

I nearly settled on Maximus hero and i5 4670k for those, but having a hard time picking mobo based on the fact that I don't need all of the features most boards offer. I want a stable over locker that stays cool and fast. Not much past that..

Thanks so much for help in advance and sorry for the cluttered post. Having a hard time editing on cell phone.

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February 20, 2014 11:09:48 AM

Here's a similar sounding build I was thinking of getting: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2UntB

You could probably add/substract the stuff you needed from it (like the SSD) and still come in under your $1200 limit.

(I built it with overclocking in mind, nothing extreme though)
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February 20, 2014 11:22:07 AM

Anyone know if the watercooler will work with the intel socket?
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February 20, 2014 12:02:46 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2WRKx
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2WRKx/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2WRKx/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($197.27 @ TigerDirect)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2400 Memory ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($145.99 @ Best Buy)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro (OEM) (64-bit) ($136.97 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1035.20
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-20 14:51 EST-0500)

Anyone have any changes to this?

Also I don't know if I need a new cooler or not.
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February 20, 2014 1:28:34 PM

I looked up your cooler, and by default it won't fit the 1150 socket. You might be able to find an adapter, but I'm doubtful. Worth a shot though!

Just curious, why do you want the Maximus Hero? I've heard amazing things about this Biostar. It's one of the fastest Z87 boards and is a solid overclocking platform. It also is $50 cheaper than the Maximus Hero :p 

Assuming you need a new cooler, I'll let you decide. I don't have much experience with water cooling systems.
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February 20, 2014 6:32:45 PM

I did a little more research and it looks like I can just buy a new water block for the intel socket and use that.

And as far as the hero goes, I've just had great luck with asus boards over time. That bio looks like a nice board also. I was also looking at the asrock z78 fatality killer. I've heard great things about it and it's really inexpensive as well. I guess I just have this fantasy that gaming mobos should run a little cooler. Probably not accurate.
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February 21, 2014 7:21:11 AM

billp03 said:
I did a little more research and it looks like I can just buy a new water block for the intel socket and use that.

And as far as the hero goes, I've just had great luck with asus boards over time. That bio looks like a nice board also. I was also looking at the asrock z78 fatality killer. I've heard great things about it and it's really inexpensive as well. I guess I just have this fantasy that gaming mobos should run a little cooler. Probably not accurate.


Well, they certainly are built better, or should be anyway! Yeah, definitely go with a board you're comfortable with. If Asus has treated you well, go with the Hero. If it ain't broke, don't fix it!

I still put my recommendation on the Biostar, but I have a hard time getting out of the "budget build" mentality. If there's room in your budget, the ASUS is probably better.
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