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Bored here this morning and itching to upgrade my MB + CPU even though I told myself I would wait for about a year for the new Ivy. I've done a lot of research here but I'm ready to pull the trigger so I'm REALLY trying to narrow it down, today or tomorrow, thanks for any input.

I'm running a Phenom II x6 at 3.7, with a Gigabyte board. Would I see a massive performance boost with a 4.5~ oc'd i7? My main activity is intensive gaming such as Planetside 2, but I am more of a system enthusiast than a gamer, so I want quality parts.

My budget is sub-450 for both parts(preferably under 300 for both parts if possible), whats the most bang for buck parts I could get that specifically have LIGHT features, I really don't need many ports at all, and really don't care for having dual vga's. The only truly important thing to me is strong overclock-ability and stability.

Should I just go Sandy with an older chipset since we are kind of in the middle of a cycle right now? I like Asus, MSI, and Gigabyte boards but I've been AMD for like 10 years so my Intel knowledge base is elementary at best.

I read some threads here recommending Ivy i-5 and Asrock/Gigabyte but still undecided. I personally hate recommendation requests like this so I've broken my own rule, but felt it might be helpful to people coming from AMD.

My Newegg wishlist is really out of date, thanks guys.
Edited by scorpscarx - 11/28/12 at 9:28am
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http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131837

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504
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Thanks man, any truth to this "Many aftermarket coolers (like the Coolermaster 212) aren't able to be installed because of the proximity of the CPU to the DIMM slots."

It looks like it will fit, just with the fans slightly moved up. As long as the bracket will fit because I'm using a CM212.

That does indeed look like my best bet otherwise.

Worth an extra $80 for i-7, and any other recommendations?
Edited by scorpscarx - 11/28/12 at 10:05am
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well the CM 212 will get in the way of the 1st memory slot
my gskill ripjaws wont fit under the fan,,so i used slot 2 and 4
you could slide the fan up the cooler a bit,,if you wanted to use 4 sticks of memory,or get some low profile memory


i,m using the h100 on another motherboard,,its great for cooling and leaves a lot more room in your case,but you need the right case to fit the h100

the difference between i7 and i5 is the i7 has hyperthreading
if your just gaming mostly the i5 is all you need
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Hey man if I decide to go with i7, would you still recommend that same mb?

I'm expanding my budget a tad but the mb still cant be more than $200 at the most.

Also I'm giving this system to a friend once it's built so I need another cooler, I lean more towards air than clc's, so you think a phantek or silverarrow would fit over my vengeance ram in this?

Thanks
Edited by scorpscarx - 12/5/12 at 4:44pm
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http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131820

ok this board has a way better power design,,,than the other one,,,you were saying you'd like to run at 4.5ghz,,,

also is there a special reason you want to go with the i7 chip,,,,the i7 is 100$ more for the HTT,,,,gaming and everyday stuff will never use the technology,,,the 3570k is a good choice,,,unless your using photoshop and things like that

i know of one heatsink,,,that will work with any memory ,,,the coolermaster V8,,will fit any memory under it,,,i own one,,and used it for 2 years,,,its a damn good cooler,,farely quiet and maybe 50$,,,but its long,,,it fit in my antec 902,,,with an inch to spare,,,,it fit in my coolmaster 922 really easy,,,but like i said its long so if your thinking about it,,,take a messurement from the cpu to the side panel
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http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131820
ok this board has a way better power design,,,than the other one,,,you were saying you'd like to run at 4.5ghz,,,
also is there a special reason you want to go with the i7 chip,,,,the i7 is 100$ more for the HTT,,,,gaming and everyday stuff will never use the technology,,,the 3570k is a good choice,,,unless your using photoshop and things like that
i know of one heatsink,,,that will work with any memory ,,,the coolermaster V8,,will fit any memory under it,,,i own one,,and used it for 2 years,,,its a damn good cooler,,farely quiet and maybe 50$,,,but its long,,,it fit in my antec 902,,,with an inch to spare,,,,it fit in my coolmaster 922 really easy,,,but like i said its long so if your thinking about it,,,take a messurement from the cpu to the side panel

First off thanks for all the advice, rep+ smile.gif.

Instead of pulling the trigger I thought I would throw some more money together and wait a week or so, and I thought that I might future proof more with an i-7. Gaming is 85% of the intensive power that I want but I do things that it might use such as a lot of archiving and some production work so I mean I MIGHT have a need for it.

Still debating really but as far as the v8 goes, I'd rather just go with another 212, lol.

I think that new motherboard with the i-5 might be exactly what I should do. Theres also a PRO version of that same one for the same price on the US store, I'm not really sure of the differences yet still reading.

Also I can put anything into my case, it's a crazy moded coolermaster flipped 180 and stripped of everything but the frame tongue.gif

Edited by scorpscarx - 12/5/12 at 7:24pm
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i really think if you run only 2 sticks of memory in the secound slots the 212 should be fine,,,,i wish i could tell you more,,,but its kinda trial and error,,,maybe someone whos done it will read this thread,,,the 212 is a great cooler and its not so long and heavy compared to the V8
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ok i see your picture now,,,ya you could fit anything in that case
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MSI Z77A-GD65 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130643

ASRock Z77 OC Formula LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157328

ASUS P8Z77-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131819


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