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Hi.

Could I get a little help with the new technology out these days. I am confused. I am considering a new build and aim for a well performing machine at a reasonable price. Longevity and stability are really crucial.

the latest processor technology is Haswell? which is 1150 socket. Are these the best processors out?

I am even more confused with mobos these days, and all the different chipsets. Could anyone recommend a good cpu mobo pair?

Let say a starting budget of around 5/600 gbp for the pair.

I know this is a pretty open ended thread, but I've looked around and i'm not sure what's what.

All the best.
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Haswell is the newest mainstream processor family. It uses socket LGA 1150. The two big models to choose from are the i5-4670k and the i7-4770k. The "k" on the end means that the chip is unlocked for overclocking.

If you want to overclock (who doesn't?), you would need a Z87 motherboard. You must get a "k" chip and a Z87 motherboard to get full overclocking potential. There are other non-"k" Haswell chips and other chipsets (H87, B85), but those are not for overclocking, so avoid them if that's your goal. There are tons of motherboards to choose from but the big dogs are Asus, Gigabyte, Asrock, and MSI.

Haswell is the newest, but the enthusiast platform Sandy Bridge-E is the fastest. It is akin to the Extreme edition processors of the Core 2 era. Those use socket LGA 2011 and X79 motherboards. I would only recommend those if you have tons of money to spend.

I'm not exactly sure what prices look like in the UK but I would think 500-600 GBP should be plenty for a 4770k, a nice Z87 motherboard, and 8 to 16 GB of DDR3.
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Whats your primary use going to be? Are you into overclocking?, Gaming, Graphics or video processing. Its a bit open ended to give quality advice other than telling you what you could afford


Thats a very decent budget (if not generous) for mobo and CPU. If you are into gaming then a 4670K Intel CPU and a Gigabyte Assassin 5 Mobo would be nice.
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Thank you both for giving me a solid starting point. I've done a little looking around, and quite like the 4770k processor, powerful and will last me a long time.

Primarily I am into gaming, and I also enjoy photo editing with lightroom. That's about it really.

For mobos, I've been looking at z87 chipset models, primarily asrock and asus because they seem quite popular. I'm open to any suggestions for any models, I'm just not really aware what's out there yet (i'll be looking around more today).

I'm really looking for a stable machine, one that's built to a high standard which will last for a good few years.
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ASrocks a decent brand with lots of good innovation.

If you arent looking to go high end then you might want to consider the asus z87 pro. http://www.legitreviews.com/article/2211/1/. I like their 4 way optimisation feature and its wifi capabilities.
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