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Upgrading system for i5

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December 17, 2012 12:26:23 AM

Probably doing an i5-3570k. The current pieces:

EVGA Geforce GTX 560 Ti 1GB, PCIE 2.0

ASUS P5G41T-M LX PLUS LGA 775 Intel G41 Micro ATX

E8400 @ 3.0 ghz

Corsair XMS 2GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 PC3 12800 (have enough of these for 8GB on a bigger board, so hopefully won't need to upgrade RAM)

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

Corsair TX650W PSU

I won't be around to downgrade the computer back to working condition if something goes wrong in 2 months, so reliability is always a stressful part of picking motherboards. I don't intend to SLI or even overclock, so I figure I can get something sturdy for $130. I've checked around newegg a couple times as usual, and this probably gets asked a dozen times a week here, but it's always good to get feedback from forums and see if there are any repeat recommendations.

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December 17, 2012 1:26:13 AM

Check out the review Tom's did http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/z77-express-ivy-bri...

For what you need, reliability without bling, I like the Asus. The Biostar is the main pick, but I don't know much about them. Have personally always stuck with ASUS, Gigabyte, and MSI. I'm sure you'd like the ASUS -V, unless the Biostar sticks out more for you. Biostar seem solid from what I've read just now.
December 17, 2012 1:36:33 AM

Take an Asus motherboard or even asrock gets recommended by a lot of users here, but i like asus.

Why are you taking the 3570k i5? that is the unlocked CPU (overclock enabled), you could go for the 3570 (overclock disabled) which is cheaper 20$ give or take depends where you buy.

as far as motherboard goes, I think it's more up to you. If you will not overclock then you have a little more freedom within the 100-200$ range. Do a little bit of walkthrough on a website to see customer review and choose what you think is good.


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December 17, 2012 1:47:52 AM

Never seen a 3570. Just 3470 then right up to 3570k.
December 17, 2012 2:10:07 AM

There's a 3570. However, on Newegg, the 3570K is on sale, and is the same price as the 3570, so the 3570K is perfectly fine.
December 17, 2012 2:55:41 AM

Snacks289 said:
And how does this one look?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Now I've realized I might have to get a new CPU fan.


The D3H is another great board, you can't go wrong. If you're not overcooking you'll be fine with the stock fan/heatsink.

If you're going to give it a go check out http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... The CM Hyper 212 EVO stands its own ground, even against top spec coolers. You can add a second fan on it for push/pull as well. It's an amazing cooler, especially for the price. If you get it, just make sure it'll fit in your case, it's not big though.
December 17, 2012 5:18:11 PM

That'll do you good. Can't remember any relevant Zalman benchmarks, but at the very least you can get out of it is a me agree over clock.

Thought you meant you didn't have one at all :)  Or that you were looking for a new one. Anyhow, you have a socket 1155 fitting for the cooler?
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December 17, 2012 7:18:04 PM

Based on my experienced I used Biostar MB, they are very reliable, I build a PC last year using a Biostar TZ68A+ with a i5 2500K and 16 GB G skill DDR3 memory overclocked it to 4.7 Ghz in turbo mode and its already one year old and does not give me any headache at all and fast ang furious.
December 18, 2012 7:56:19 PM

10hellfire01 said:
That'll do you good. Can't remember any relevant Zalman benchmarks, but at the very least you can get out of it is a me agree over clock.

Thought you meant you didn't have one at all :)  Or that you were looking for a new one. Anyhow, you have a socket 1155 fitting for the cooler?


It's from 4-5 years ago for LGA 775 and I don't have the new parts yet, so I can't check that it fits on the motherboard and CPU. It won't be urgent if I need a new one, but might as well have some ideas if I want to get one.
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