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Yeah, the whole upgrade really depends upon me getting that CPU at a well discounted price (or I guess a 3770k for almost the same price, but I don't see that happening anytime soon). The 2nd gen CPUs are discontinued here as well, and it took me quite a bit of time and a little negotiating to find one at a good discount. The few new 2700ks left online are as expensive or more expensive than the 3770k!

Regrettably, I'm having trouble getting in contact with the store manager to confirm that the transfer request was received and my CPU set aside for delivery frown.gif. Estimated time was two weeks as it was so I don't want to lose anymore days. Plus, I need to make sure something went wrong and I end up with a motherboard and DRAM, but no CPU. Very frustrating since I found the motherboard I decided upon on sale locally, but only for the next couple of days. *sigh* Guess I'll try to reach the manager again tomorrow. redface.gif

Regarding the motherboard, I'm going with MSI Z77A-GD65. I agree about the dragon logo (could be worse), but I wouldn't see it anyway biggrin.gif. IIRC, the MPower didn't have enough on board SATA connections (I need eight!). Frankly all the of boards I mentioned are good boards for the Z77 chipset, but in the end, I realized something that made the decision pretty easy. I have an Asus Essense STX sound card which I like very much and definitely want to use. While looking at MB layouts & features, I suddenly realized that PCI-E x1 slot placement relative to the primary PCI--E x16 (full bandwidth) slot might be important for GPU cooling. Hard to express by words alone so see the picture below.



You can see that the sound card will fit, but it doesn't allow for much, if any, airflow to the back side of the graphics card. It might actually add heat. Both Asus and Gigabyte have two PCI-E x1 slots on either side of the primary PCI-E graphics cards slot, but in reality only one usable slot since the second one (on the left) will be covered up by any decent graphics card. Even if it wasn't, the Essence STX is a fairly long sound card and would certainly restrict airflow to the graphics cards fan's. It wouldn't be an issue if the second PCI-E graphics card slot would run at full bandwidth (x16) if there was only one graphics card installed, but no matter what, that slot is limited to x8.

As you can see below, the MSI board has two more PCI-E x 1 slots ("C" & "D") than the other boards. With the sound card in PCI-E x1 slot "D" at the end and the graphics card in the primary "x16" slot, there should be plenty of room for air flow on both sides of the GPU.



It may sound like I'm making too much of this, but Nvidia's new OC system is based off of GPU temps so I want to keep them as low as possible. If nothing else, I save about about $40 after rebate by going with the MSI Z77A-GD65. thumb.gif
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Intel i7 2700k @ 4.5Ghz (HT on) MSI Z77A-GD65 EVGA GTX 580 Classified 3GB @ 920Mhz G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB DDR3 @ 2133Mhz 
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Crucial M4 SSD 256GB (OS) WD Caviar Black 2TB (Data) 2x Samsung F4EG 2TB (Data) Thermalright Archon 2x140mm 
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Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit Dell U3011 Logitech G710+ mechanical keyboard Corsair HX850 
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post #12 of 14
You did a good research my friend smile.gif . I now agree with you take the msi one .

When you will get the parts?
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Samsung 820 120GB SSD Samsung 840 EVO 250GB SSD Samsung 850 EVO 250GB SSD Western Digital Blue 500GB 
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Cooler Master 412s - CPU Cooler (push/pull) Windows 10 Samsung LED S22D300 Corsair Strafe RGB Cherry MX Red switches 
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Corsair RM650x Corsair 400C ROCCAT TYON Razer Goliathus Speed Extended 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-4710HQ Acer GTX 860m 8 GB 
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AMD FX 8350 Black Edition @ 4.22Ghz ASUS CROSSHAIR V FORMULA Z Sapphire 7870 Flex GHz edition G Skill TridentX 16GB @2133Mhz 
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Pioneer Bluray Reader/Writer 2x NZXT NS-F200 Fans Windows 8 Pro LG 27" FULL HD 
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Samsung 820 120GB SSD Samsung 840 EVO 250GB SSD Samsung 850 EVO 250GB SSD Western Digital Blue 500GB 
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Cooler Master 412s - CPU Cooler (push/pull) Windows 10 Samsung LED S22D300 Corsair Strafe RGB Cherry MX Red switches 
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Pioneer Bluray Reader/Writer 2x NZXT NS-F200 Fans Windows 8 Pro LG 27" FULL HD 
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post #13 of 14
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Originally Posted by patriotaki View Post

You did a good research my friend smile.gif . I now agree with you take the msi one .

When you will get the parts?

Thanks biggrin.gif. When I get the parts is the problem. That MSI motherboard is on sale locally ($148 or so after $30 MIR), but limited supplies (obviously) and only until the end of the month. If I miss it, then not a huge deal (maybe $15 extra online). Everything is held up b/c of the CPU. Assuming the store transfer request was received and processed, it's like two weeks minimum (which is why I'm trying to confirm that it was received/acknowledge - if I wait until delivery is late, they'll be completely gone!). At best, (*fingers crossed*), CPU next Friday - which also means I need to order that DDR3 and some TIM (always forget that LOL) this weekend or Monday. Bah, REALLY hope I can get in touch with a store manager tomorrow so I can move forward on the rest. Anyway, best answer I can give is some time between next Friday and the Friday after that.

How about you? Any upgrade schedule completion date?

Gah, almost forgot. I'm going to upgrade my front panel ports to USB 3.0 (Silverstone FT02 front panel upgrade). Need to order that as well. rolleyes.gif
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Crucial M4 SSD 256GB (OS) WD Caviar Black 2TB (Data) 2x Samsung F4EG 2TB (Data) Thermalright Archon 2x140mm 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit Dell U3011 Logitech G710+ mechanical keyboard Corsair HX850 
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Intel i7 2700k @ 4.5Ghz (HT on) MSI Z77A-GD65 EVGA GTX 580 Classified 3GB @ 920Mhz G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB DDR3 @ 2133Mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Crucial M4 SSD 256GB (OS) WD Caviar Black 2TB (Data) 2x Samsung F4EG 2TB (Data) Thermalright Archon 2x140mm 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit Dell U3011 Logitech G710+ mechanical keyboard Corsair HX850 
CaseAudio
Silverstone Fortress FT02 Asus Xonar Essence STX 
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post #14 of 14
If you use Liquid Cpu cooler get the LiquidUltra TIM smile.gif . But most coolers have TIM preinstalled
Im not sure yet if i upgrade, time and money will show . I have other priorities atm biggrin.gif its summer.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 6600K @ 4.4GHz ASUS Z170 PRO GAMING 6870 G.Skill RipjawsV 16GB DDR4-2400MHz  
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Samsung 820 120GB SSD Samsung 840 EVO 250GB SSD Samsung 850 EVO 250GB SSD Western Digital Blue 500GB 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Cooler Master 412s - CPU Cooler (push/pull) Windows 10 Samsung LED S22D300 Corsair Strafe RGB Cherry MX Red switches 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair RM650x Corsair 400C ROCCAT TYON Razer Goliathus Speed Extended 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-4710HQ Acer GTX 860m 8 GB 
Hard DriveHard Drive
WD Blue Kingston SSD 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX 8350 Black Edition @ 4.22Ghz ASUS CROSSHAIR V FORMULA Z Sapphire 7870 Flex GHz edition G Skill TridentX 16GB @2133Mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Seagate Barracuda 7200rpm (RAID 1) Seagate Barracuda 7200rpm (RAID 1) Samsung 840 PRO (RAID 0) Samsung 840 PRO (RAID 0) 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Pioneer Bluray Reader/Writer 2x NZXT NS-F200 Fans Windows 8 Pro LG 27" FULL HD 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 6600K @ 4.4GHz ASUS Z170 PRO GAMING 6870 G.Skill RipjawsV 16GB DDR4-2400MHz  
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Samsung 820 120GB SSD Samsung 840 EVO 250GB SSD Samsung 850 EVO 250GB SSD Western Digital Blue 500GB 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Cooler Master 412s - CPU Cooler (push/pull) Windows 10 Samsung LED S22D300 Corsair Strafe RGB Cherry MX Red switches 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair RM650x Corsair 400C ROCCAT TYON Razer Goliathus Speed Extended 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-4710HQ Acer GTX 860m 8 GB 
Hard DriveHard Drive
WD Blue Kingston SSD 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX 8350 Black Edition @ 4.22Ghz ASUS CROSSHAIR V FORMULA Z Sapphire 7870 Flex GHz edition G Skill TridentX 16GB @2133Mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Seagate Barracuda 7200rpm (RAID 1) Seagate Barracuda 7200rpm (RAID 1) Samsung 840 PRO (RAID 0) Samsung 840 PRO (RAID 0) 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Pioneer Bluray Reader/Writer 2x NZXT NS-F200 Fans Windows 8 Pro LG 27" FULL HD 
MonitorPowerCase
Samsung MultiTouch 22" FULL HD Zalman ZM750-XG Gold NZXT 820 
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