Approximate Purchase Date: No real timeframe

Budget Range: Between $500 and $650, probably find deals on ebay/etc I don't really have many to spend on this, but it's time to upgrade and willing to spend that much, hoping a decent build is possible.

System Usage: I was a hardcore gamer, but now it's HD playback (blu-ray) and web applications, but still want gaming support.

Buying A Monitor? Not buying one, already have one.

Parts to Upgrade: CPU, MOBO, RAM, SSD) I have 700W Fatality PSU, 3x1TB SATA & 1 2TB SATA. I also have a ATI Radeon HD 5850 video card. I have a HAF coolermaster case, I would like a smaller case if it can fit the budget, but not needed.

Buying OS? No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I like, and any Canadian Site, but will find deals myself.

Location: Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.

Parts Preferences: None really, but Intel is my choice

Overclocking: Maybe, if it can fit the budget, I want the option.

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: Not upgrading, I have a HP LP2475w running at 1920x1200

Additional Comments: I want USB 3.0 support if possible, support for SSD plus 4 regular SATA drives of course, and 16GB DDR3 RAM or more. Nothing else really matters.

Why Are You Upgrading: I have a EVGA 780i SLI motherboard with Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4GHz, 8GB DDR2 800MHz RAM that just isn't cutting it anymore. I am having troubles multitasking and many other things. It's an old system, time to upgrade. I was a top of the line system, as best as can be with the budget.
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  1. Best answer
    Here you go,

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.79 @ DirectCanada)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.03 @ DirectCanada)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Canada Computers)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.49 @ Newegg Canada)
    Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($79.99 @ Canada Computers)
    Case: Rosewill Challenger-U3 ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Total: $557.28
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

    You won't need to max out your budget.
    The CPU cooler is for when you start overclocking.
    The casing is a bit smaller than any HAF, and it has front USB 3.0 to match the 3.0 headers of the motherboard I listed.

    If there are any questions, please feel free to ask.
  2. Thanks for such a quick and perfect reply.

    I was going to ask if anyone else have suggestions, but I think that is perfect.
  3. Sounds good to me.
  4. I was looking at the case in more detail. Any more suggestions for a case, supporting the USB 3.0 for the same price?

    Looking at I believe it supports 3.0

    I just thought, I would like it as quiet as possible, what case would be best for that?
  5. Hmmm... give me a sec.
  6. Yeah, the Antec works too. :)
    No pretty LEDs and a 3rd fan though. XD
  7. Both are nice, and more fans are better. I know this is picky, but i realize there is no need for a floppy drive area, so the Antec is nice when considering that. Not sure now lol

    Been looking at cases, this is what I want in a case. Good airflow and quietness as much as possible, 2 USB 3.0 front ports, or max of 4, no 2.0. No floppy area.
  8. I have another question, do any of these newer MOBOs support thunderbolt?
  9. The Extreme4 doesn't, nor do any motherboards in that price range, I believe.

    I think Thunderbolt support starts with the ASUS P8Z77-V PRO and ASRock z77 Extreme6.
  10. Do you think it's worth it? Or is USB 3.0 good enough for now?
  11. Best answer selected by bmancreations.
  12. That depends on your preference, but given your system usage, USB 3.0 and SATA ports would be enough.
  13. Well one thing I left out, because at the time of posting I wasn't thinking about it that much, is that I do a lot of transferring of large files from drive to drive, thumbdrive to drive etc etc....

    Basically, are there anything out there supporting thunderbolt, as in external drives, thumbsticks etc... If not, then USB 3.0 is the only one useful to me.
  14. For some reason that link didn't work. Just sends me to instead.
  15. It works for me. Your browser's probably set to auto-redirect or something.
  16. Very cool, alright. Well that is a hard choice.

    What would be the most future proof motherboard right now? Price not being important at the moment..
  17. That's a hard question. It really is impossible to tell, I'm afraid.
    The next line of Intel CPU, Haswell, due for release around Q2 2013, will be utilizing a new socket, LGA1150. This will probably mark the beginning of the end for LGA1155.

    That said, I believe LGA2011 will probably be here for a while since Ivy Bridge-E will also be using it.
  18. So confusing lol

    Let's restate the question then, what is the cheapest motherboard that supports everything already stated, and USB 3.0/thunderbolt?
  19. Awesome, but if all support Thunderbolt why does only one state that?
  20. Actually both ASUS and Gigabyte links say it has Thunderbolt.
    ASRock apparently does not say it but,

    Probably just go with either ASUS or Gigabyte to be sure of the Thunderbolt support.
  21. Thanks once again.

    You have been awesome help.
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