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post #1 of 13
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So i am looking to upgrade my system to something respectable. i want to upgrade my CPU, so the mobo has to be upgraded too.

I am looking to spend under $300. can you guys help? not so familiar with Intel since i have always used AMD.

EDIT: oh, and i need it to be SLI/crossfire capable.

I will search on my own some more, but osme help would be appreciated.
Edited by Darqside - 6/10/13 at 7:23pm
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Do you live near a microcenter? They have really good deals and you get a discount when you buy both a cpu and a motherboard.

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post #3 of 13
Open box or used ASRockk Z77 Extreme6 and a used 2500k or used 3570k

Check amazon.com probably right around $300 though

Will blow your current computer away though

Edit: Cellphone fail.
Edited by BiG StroOnZ - 6/11/13 at 12:27am
post #4 of 13
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $309.98
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-10 22:59 EDT-0400)

Just don't do insane overclocks on the Pro3. It'll hold a fair overclock fine. I just wouldn't recommend over 4.5 on the board. However, this combo kinda fits into your exact budget. Otherwise you are going to have to look towards used hardware.
post #5 of 13
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cool thanks. i will seriously consider this. will be upgrading in 2 weeks. so thanks man.
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yeah i know. my computer kinda sucks lol thanks. was thinking about buying used. no real difference in my exp.
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post #7 of 13
DO NOT waste money on 1155. Its a dead socket and no reason to buy it with haswell available. Save some more and buy this combo

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1325701

Also the Pro3 doesnt support SLI or Xfire that i know of. It only has a single Pcie 3.0 X16 slot. The other slot is a 2.0 X4
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post #8 of 13
i would see if you can put a bit extra aside and get a GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-D3H mobo, maybe look in the marketplace for a used 3570k/2500k.

even look for a haswel combo that might fit your budget
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post #9 of 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by Stay Puft View Post

DO NOT waste money on 1155. Its a dead socket and no reason to buy it with haswell available. Save some more and buy this combo

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1325701

Also the Pro3 doesnt support SLI or Xfire that i know of. It only has a single Pcie 3.0 X16 slot. The other slot is a 2.0 X4

Its capable of Crossfire, but it'll have to be run at 16x/4x, so its not the greatest option. However, its the only config that honestly fits in his budget unless he wants to go used products.
post #10 of 13
If you don't care about OCing too much then may as well go Haswell, but you'll need to go a bit over budget.
Otherwise you could buy some parts second hand as recommended (which would still be a big bump from your current setup).
Quote:
Originally Posted by Stay Puft View Post

DO NOT waste money on 1155. Its a dead socket and no reason to buy it with haswell available.

The fact hat 1155 is a dead socket is almost irrelevant, Haswell's refresh won't be much better, maybe another 5% from what's whirring around.
Most of the improvements will be with a chipset revision (and buying a new board just for that won't make too much sense for most who went Z87 out of the gate).
Edited by candy_van - 6/10/13 at 8:24pm
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