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Intel Core i5 4670K perfect for this motherboard (Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD4H)?

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November 6, 2013 7:02:52 AM

Due having so much problem with my current motherboard, I decided that it would be best to get a new CPU and motherboard instead of waiting for the RMA (which takes around roughly two weeks or so). The reason why I can't wait for my RMA is because I don't have any devices to substitute my motherboard or desktop as whole and I need a computer for the next few weeks for my projects... not to mention I have no one around who's willing to let me borrow his/her desktop/laptop.

Anyway, My specs are:
- CPU: Intel I7 870 Socket 1156 LGA
> CPU cooler: Arctic Cooling Freezer 13
- Mobo: Gigabyte P55A-UD3 rev.2 (this is my original mobo, not the temporary replacement one)
- RAM: 8GB DDR3
- GPU: Sapphire HD7950 3072MB
- SSD: Intel 330 180GB
- HDD x 2: 500GB WD Black
2TB Samsung F4EG
- PSU: 700W XIGMATEK 80+
- OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

My budget is around $500 in AUD and I will buy the parts from here http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=index.
On the other forum, I was recommended Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD4H and an Intel Core i5 4670K. However, I'm kind of tempted to get i7 since my current rig is using one though that'll really push my budget to $600 mark. More so, if I can afford that i7 I should probably get a little bit better motherboard such as ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO.

With that being said, is the current recommendation good enough for my system? Or should I push my budget little bit and get a "step-up" ones?
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November 6, 2013 7:31:56 AM

I5-4670k and ASRock Z87 Extreme6 Motherboard are more than enough.

Getting an i7 is blowing your money if you plan to game only.
November 6, 2013 7:49:39 AM

logainofhades said:
i7 4770k and Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD3H would be my pick. You don't need a more expensive board just because you get an i7. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/z87-express-motherb...

Those will push my budge to $600 though is it worth investing that much for my system?

IAMEXTREME said:
I5-4670k and ASRock Z87 Extreme6 Motherboard are more than enough.

Getting an i7 is blowing your money if you plan to game only.


The first link is blank though I presume you were linking for ASRock Z87 Extreme6 Motherboard?

I'll be balancing gaming, watching via media player, multitasking and so on and yeah, it seems like a waste of money to get an i7 if you're just doing your usual desktop activities.
With that being said that motherboard looks good though I can't seem to pick between that or the Gigabyte board.
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November 6, 2013 7:53:53 AM

kanade said:
logainofhades said:
i7 4770k and Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD3H would be my pick. You don't need a more expensive board just because you get an i7. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/z87-express-motherb...

Those will push my budge to $600 though is it worth investing that much for my system?

IAMEXTREME said:
I5-4670k and ASRock Z87 Extreme6 Motherboard are more than enough.

Getting an i7 is blowing your money if you plan to game only.


The first link is blank though I presume you were linking for ASRock Z87 Extreme6 Motherboard?

I'll be balancing gaming, watching via media player, multitasking and so on and yeah, it seems like a waste of money to get an i7 if you're just doing your usual desktop activities.
With that being said that motherboard looks good though I can't seem to pick between that and the Gigabyte board.


AsRock is way superior/better than the Gigabyte!

1-AsRock/Asus
2-Gigabyte
3-MSI
November 6, 2013 8:15:44 AM

Hmm, I'd like to hear more suggestions before I decide on either i5 + Gigabyte combo or i5 + AsRock bombo.
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