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Worth the money? (input needed please)

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MicroCenter has deal today that can basically get me a 4th gen i5-4670k with ASRock Z87-Extreme4 ATX LGA 1150 for just $30 more than an third gen i5-3570k with Gigabyte GA-Z77-DS3H LGA 1155 Z77 ATX.

This ASRock motherboard isn't visually as appealing, but I think way better, plus it would obviously have the 4th gen i5.

Is this is no brainer? Should I go with the new CPU and the nicer motherboard for the $30 price increase? I'm really hoping to save money, but I can do this. It seems like it's going to do better for 1440p moderate gaming (civ 5, css, bf3).

My vido card is a gtx 660 CUII (not ti, not boost, got on sale), and I've got 6gb. I DO NOT plan to overclock much or SLI. I'm new to this. I don't plan on immediately install new fans. My case is define r4.

I could downgrade to a MSI Z87-G41 PC Mate LGA 1150 ATX motherboard with the 4th gen i5, but the ASRock has nicer sound (which matter to me given my headphones). So the price savings for the MSI would only be $20.

Thanks so much. I'll definitely consider all input and with much appreciation.
post #2 of 8
Just pull the trigger on the newer CPU. no reason not to for that price. Also "moderate 1440p BF3" is kind of an oxy moron. That game can hurt a system at those levels.
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post #3 of 8
It just depends. A lot of the Haswell processors have been having an issue overclocking, with high voltages and temperatures. Plus, the performance gain is minimal, about 10-15% increase on average.

If it's only $30 extra, you can go for it, but as I said, OC'ing capability might be a bit limited.
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That's fine cause I don't OC.

Is this mobo worth the extra money over the msi? will the sound be betteR?
post #5 of 8
For starters your not gonna be able to game at medium settings with a 660.

You dont OC so getting a Z87 board is pointless. Get any 85 series board and you'll be happy.
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That's fine cause I don't OC.

Is this mobo worth the extra money over the msi? will the sound be betteR?

I have heard that MSI motherboards aren't very reliable. I would definitely go ASRock or Gigabyte, Gigabyte being my favorite (for the more expensive models however).
post #7 of 8
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I think I'm going with the MSI Z87-G41 PC Mate LGA 1150 ATX and 4th gen i5. I don't need the features of the ASrock and I'd save $60. I think I'll invest in a open boxed $20 sound card.
post #8 of 8
Did you end up going with the msi board. I am kinda in the same situation .
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