Hey there! I've fallen into the old trap of trying to improve my system by buying one piece of hardware, then ending up having to upgrade everything. I decided I wanted to make a game capable PC, so I went out and bought the new sapphire 7870 xt with boost card. Then I figured I'd need a bigger case to accomodate it so went out and found a p182 full tower case - but thinking to the future and crossfire I figured I'd better get a new psu so picked up the NZXT hale 90 750 w gold certified, with some extra memory to boot. ( now have a sufficient 12gis ) . Then what would be the point unless I installed a new cpu so picked up the i53570k. Of course I couldn't OC and not worry so I also bought a new cpu heatsink fan ( I can't even remember what it is off hand ) Since I'd put that all together I figured I'd upgrade to windows 8. BOOM. Unfortunately the windows 8 upgrade rendered the EZtune in AI suite 2 non functional with my p8h67-m pro motherboard. I got the patch for windows 8 for ai suite but the auto tune is no longer included / available. So I read a bunch of forums who suggested it's better to OC through the bios anyways. It turns out the h series doesn't allow manual oc. So OC is useless on the chip unless I get a new motherboard. Is my logic sound here? In any case will it make that big a difference if I buy a new motherboard to support the new hardware as well? or is it not worth the trouble. I've read pretty good reviews about the Asus z77 sabertooth. But as I only wanted to spend 200 dollars for a small upgrade, and am now at the 1000 dollar threshold, if It doesn't make any real difference then I'll leave well enough alone. FEW. Long story. Thoughts?
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Get a ASRock z77 and you'll be fine. You can manually OC. This board also has updated drivers and very good features for the price which is $125 A word of advice switch to windows 7, with windows 8 you'll face a lot of problems without any solutions.