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[Motherboard] Offered upgrade for old dead board.. any advice?

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November 18, 2012 2:46:13 AM

here's my old/current system specs first:

mobo: evga 680i
cpu: e6600 c2d
ram: 2x2gb Mushkin DDR2 800 & 2x1gb Crucial DDR2 800
gpu: evga gtx460 SC 1024mb
case: Antec 900 Case
psu: Thermaltake Toughpower 750w PSU
monitor: 22" Viewsonic lcd & 19" old dell lcd
os: Win7 Ultimate x64

so anyway, after like 5 years of awesome performance and barely any problems (and fairly minor when they did happen) the board died.. Screen just froze up while using firefox and refused to boot back up (bios wouldnt even post). Borrowed my cousins old evga 680i (that he got at same time I got mine) and checked all my stuff to make sure it was the board at fault and nothing else and his board worked fine (what im using right now) ..So evga accepted my rma to replace the board but a few days after being told my new board would arrive in a few days I find out that not only did it not ship but that they didnt even have any 680i's to send me (or any 775 socket board for that matter, not that I wasnt aware this could happen).

They offered me an x79 or a z68 as a replacement instead, or told me I could wait and they would hopefully be able to get a 775 socket board to send me. I initially decided to wait as I couldnt even consider getting a new cpu/cooler & ram (ontop of whatever else I might need to replace). I was told that if i change my mind or get tired of waiting that I can call them back and request one of the newer boards... But then today I found out im getting some money from my grandmothers estate so I can actually afford to spend a little to upgrade. So Im starting to consider calling them back and taking the upgrade if they havent found a 775 socket board by the time I decide.

Now my question is.. any advice/opinions on which of the two I should go with instead? I havent kept up on stuff once my 680i became horribly outdated so I dont really know anything much about this newer stuff.

initially I was thinking that the x79 is newer so i should go with that? (and actually buying the board would cost like 3-4x the price of the z68, and buying a 'new' z68 is actually cheaper then buying a 'new' 680i which makes me curious to say the least). But then the 2011 socket doesnt seem to have much choices for CPUs.. Pretty much looks like the 3820 would be my only option, and that its pretty much the same price as the 2600k/2700k 1155 cpus that I would probably get for the z68 if I went that route.

also theres the issue that there seems to be a lot of problems ppl are having with the evga x79. Not to mention a little research has given me the impression that the z68/1155/2700k would be pretty much the same performance as the x79/2011/3820. And also that the x79 would be 'unnecesary' for me running only 1x 4-series GPU

after doing some research for the past 4 or 5 hours Im starting to lean more towards the z68 & a 2600k or 2700k cpu. And as someone might ask, my pc is mostly for general usage & gaming. I do occasionally do video/audio encoding and whatnot but not enough to make that a deciding factor. Plus ive been doing that stuff on my current setup for years so im sure both options would seem the same compared to what im working with now

Im just not sure what direction to go here as all of a sudden trying to catch up on the tech is just overwhelming to say the least. And so far ive only really been worrying about the CPU. I havent even looked at what else might need to be replaced (obv the ram but ddr3 is cheap and Im not to concerned about that at the moment)

I know either one would be a huge upgrade from my current setup that Ive been using for 5+ years (with a couple ram & gpu upgrades tho), but whatever I get, it'll be what im using for years to come so I would like to make a better decision.


anyway I need to take a break from looking stuff up and trying to find posts and whatnot about these boards/cpus that are at least somewhat recent before i pull out the remaining hair I still have..

and thanks in advance for any tips/advice/opinions/etc :) 
a c 184 V Motherboard
November 18, 2012 3:05:45 AM

Ivy bridge is the way to go my friend, try get a Z77 board out of them. LOL like the Asrock extreme4 z77.

I really would not suggest X79, the CPUs are extremely expensive and very much overkill for your usage(and most peoples for hat matter).

Upgrading from 775 quad to an ivy brigde i7 or even i5 is a good choice. You will feel the diffs. As for my suggestion.

For gaming : I5 3570K

For content creation or if you game but have extra cash : I7 3770K.

Please refer to this when you want advice on a new build.

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/353572-31-build-upgra...

I feel like i'm missing something. LOL
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November 18, 2012 3:30:20 AM

thanks for the quick reply..


I had originally been looking at the 3770k (same price as the 2600k) until i realized the z68 couldnt take an IB cpu and then the reviews of the 3770k seemed to focus alot on really high temps if its not watercooled.. But the thought did cross my mind to try and get a z77 out of them instead by claiming I needed IB support lol (tho from the bits ive read, evga's z77 seems to have more issues then their x79 lol)


and as for the 'how to ask...' thread you linked to, sorry.. I didnt see that (tho I didnt go into that forum section either lol) but I'll edit my original post in a bit with that information (on my cell phone right now and theres no way im doing that much typing on my phone lol)
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a c 184 V Motherboard
November 18, 2012 3:36:14 AM

diamond-optic said:
thanks for the quick reply..


I had originally been looking at the 3770k (same price as the 2600k) until i realized the z68 couldnt take an IB cpu and then the reviews of the 3770k seemed to focus alot on really high temps if its not watercooled.. But the thought did cross my mind to try and get a z77 out of them instead by claiming I needed IB support lol (tho from the bits ive read, evga's z77 seems to have more issues then their x79 lol)


and as for the 'how to ask...' thread you linked to, sorry.. I didnt see that (tho I didnt go into that forum section either lol) but I'll edit my original post in a bit with that information (on my cell phone right now and theres no way im doing that much typing on my phone lol)


LOL i can understand that. Let me know exactly what board they would give you, Z77 or X79. And ill look it up. Think I saw a good roundup of boards somewhere between my porn history. LOL
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November 19, 2012 8:06:34 PM

ive been a bit busy past few days so I havent had a chance to update this but today I heard back from evga. I tried to get some specifics on the boards I could choose from and the response I got was just one sentence that didnt give any new information.

They just said they are still out of stock on 775 socket boards and that I can contact them back if I would like an x79 or a z68.

Which didnt exactly answer my questions about which actual boards they would be.. Mainly looking at the z68 but they didnt give any information if it would be a normal z68 or the FTW version. Also nothing about which revision, of which im kinda concerned that people had sent back old revision boards to get the newer revision and that they might send me an old revision as they probably have a bunch laying around...

I guess its possible that they dont actually know what would end up getting sent to me in advance, but they could at least say that if thats the case lol... It felt almost like I just got a generic response that had nothing to do with what my email to them had said/asked
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a c 184 V Motherboard
November 19, 2012 8:12:20 PM

diamond-optic said:
ive been a bit busy past few days so I havent had a chance to update this but today I heard back from evga. I tried to get some specifics on the boards I could choose from and the response I got was just one sentence that didnt give any new information.

They just said they are still out of stock on 775 socket boards and that I can contact them back if I would like an x79 or a z68.

Which didnt exactly answer my questions about which actual boards they would be.. Mainly looking at the z68 but they didnt give any information if it would be a normal z68 or the FTW version. Also nothing about which revision, of which im kinda concerned that people had sent back old revision boards to get the newer revision and that they might send me an old revision as they probably have a bunch laying around...

I guess its possible that they dont actually know what would end up getting sent to me in advance, but they could at least say that if thats the case lol... It felt almost like I just got a generic response that had nothing to do with what my email to them had said/asked


Try again. Start complaining. Thats not acceptable IMO.
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November 26, 2012 11:51:06 PM

well I had no luck so I decided screw them.. and i bought a asus z77 board instead

so today I tried calling evga to tell them that I would take their x79 (which i figured I would just sell). No answer on the phone. So i emailed them.. no response from them but I got an email from UPS 'contacting me on behalf of evga corporation' with a tracking number and telling me Ill recieve my package december 3rd.

but I havent heard anything from evga themselves, so I really have no idea if theyre sending me the x79 or if they are sending me a 775 socket board that they just happened to get on the same day I decided to take the x79 instead lol..

guess i'll find out in a week

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November 27, 2012 4:13:24 PM

ok now i got an email from evga this morning, still doesnt say what board they sent me lol... but it does say that they automatically registered the new board for me.

so i went on evga's site and checked out my registered products and now theres a 780i FTW registered on there, so I guess that must be what Im getting

I should be able to sell that for a decent amount, at least more then the 680i would get
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a c 184 V Motherboard
November 27, 2012 4:23:08 PM

Unfortunately they are giving you the leftovers. Lets hope you get it sold.

What CPU have you decided on for the new board?
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November 27, 2012 4:35:24 PM

ya might be a tougher sell then a newer board.. but then again it could be the opposite, as decent 775 socket boards arent the easiest to find if someone isnt looking to do a full upgrade or if they want to make a cheaper system for an old cpu they have laying around

I was undecided on the cpu to get for the z77 board, so I ended up getting a 2600k on black friday. Was trying to decide between that and the 3770k... Ended up going with the sandy bridge cause it was like $75 cheaper then the ivy.

The price difference didnt seem worth the pcie 3.0 of the ivy (as for a single gpu system the 3.0 doesnt seem to be needed for latest pcie 3.0 cards to begin with yet anyway) and the other minor improvements. Also I didnt want to have to worry about everything Ive read about really high temps when OCing ivys.

Go figure tho that on monday the ivy was on sale for the same price as the sandy lol.. But I can always upgrade to ivy later on when something better comes out, unless if theyre done with 1155.. (and when intel hopfully goes back to better thermal interface between the chip and the ihs.. which they should at least do on the k versions [but yes i know its unlikely they will lol])

either way I dont think its going to be a big difference for me getting the 2600k over the 3770k.. both would probably be basically the same massive improvement over my old c2d e6600
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a c 184 V Motherboard
November 27, 2012 5:45:28 PM

Yes they will. I just hope you will be able to sue all your USB3 ports since four of them should be Intel Chipset support. Do not think thats tide to the CPU though. Goodluck and enjoy!!!
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November 28, 2012 3:06:57 AM

thanks :-D looking forward to it hehehe.. tho kind sore that the ivy went on sale for the same price the sandy was on sale for, but then again if I didnt buy the sandy on friday the ivy wouldnt have gone on sale on monday lol

just hoping the asus board works better then their forums.. holy crap they have AWFUL forums, slow.. cluttered... funky with firefox.. wierd but better with IE, aside from being able to edit my post without logging in haha, among other login/logout issues.. all motherboards are in one forum section with like 2 pages of sticky threads which both make it a huge pain to find stuff especially with the awful speed at which it all loads. Search gives me an error too lol... A big company like asus should have better but meh, whatever lol

maybe im just spoiled by evga's nice forums lol
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