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Microcenter Haswell Bundle. Which one is the best bang for the buck?

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Hey guys. So I think I am going to upgrade to haswell since I am going to give my 2500k to my brother. He currently has the phenom ii 970 BE and I think the 2500k would be a good upgrade for him. So onto my question. I live in Los Angeles around Hollywood area and there is a microcenter in orange county which is about 50 miles away. There is also a local Fry's nearby my place, but I do not know if they price match. Microcenter has some pretty good bundles with 4670k and 4770k. here is the link:

http://microcenter.com/site/brands/intel-processor-bundles.aspx

Which bundle is the best bang for the buck? I am thinking about getting the 4670k but I am also going to be doing some music recording also, which consist of just acoustic guitars and vocals, no DJ stuff. I also currently have two GTX 680's in SLI so I am going to need an SLI MOBO. So which one is the best bang for the buck from the listed bundle? Also, am I going to benefit by going 4770k for just acoustic and vocal recordings and some audio editing?

Edit: How much do you guys think can I sell the Phenom II 970 BE with motherboard and a collit watercooler?
Edited by lckillah - 6/2/13 at 11:36pm
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No benefit upgrading from 2500k to 4670k.
Possible benefit depending on your audio software going from 4 cores to 8 cores, 2500k to 4770k.
Your brother will see immediate improvement.

I just logged in to the forum to ask the same question, but I'm going from 3570k to 4670k, but can not find enough independent motherboard reviews to figure out which to buy.

Check out the MIcrocenter online catalog, it has the Gigabyte Z87-UD4H for $160 in the bundle deal. Top right corner, http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/6a81b268#/6a81b268/4
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If you are going to Microcenter, just get the 4770K for $279.  That way you are prepared for the future, and that price is amazing.  Pair it up with a Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD3H (or the 4H) and you are all set.

 

Edit: I didn't realize that $40 off deal didn't apply to all motherboards.  Get the UD4H, easily the best of those bundles.

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Originally Posted by litoralis View Post

No benefit upgrading from 2500k to 4670k.
Possible benefit depending on your audio software going from 4 cores to 8 cores, 2500k to 4770k.
Your brother will see immediate improvement.

I just logged in to the forum to ask the same question, but I'm going from 3570k to 4670k, but can not find enough independent motherboard reviews to figure out which to buy.

Check out the MIcrocenter online catalog, it has the Gigabyte Z87-UD4H for $160 in the bundle deal. Top right corner, http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/6a81b268#/6a81b268/4

I'm a bit confused. You said that there is no benefit from upgrading from 2500k to 4670k but then you also said that you are going from 3570k to 4670k. Can you please elaborate?
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Ask the closest Frys first, I think they can price match microcenter's deals.
Edited by dzyvette - 6/3/13 at 2:07am
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Ask the closest bestbuy first, I think they can price match microcenter's deals.

The nearest best buy here, which is in west Hollywood, is fairly small and I don't think they would have it. I'll try the other best buy.
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I am in the same situation as OP. The general consensus seems the UD4H combo is best, but according to this http://www.microcenter.com/search/search_results.aspx?N=0&NTX=&NTT=z87&NTK=all&sortby=pricelow its $70 more than the D3HP and $60 more than the Asus Z87-A. Is it strong enough of an overclocker to compensate? What if no plans of overvolting too high?
Edited by Slickshooter - 6/3/13 at 2:53am
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Get the extreme 4. Has 12 phase power
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Get the extreme 4. Has 12 phase power

That lands me at a lean $400, good value even if the UD4H only pushes to $430?
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Get the extreme 4. Has 12 phase power

That's what I was thinking before but the general consensus seems to like the UD4H. Can anyone elaborate the difference between the two?
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