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My current rig is on my signature, at first I'm waiting for Steamroller but since the recent rumor saying it won't come to AM3+ plus Kaveri is delayed until next year left me disappointed, so disappointed that I'm going to give it to my sis and buy a new one, an Intel one at that.

I'm not going to go multi GPU or anything fancy, most of the time I only use one optical and a couple of harddrive so I going for micro ATX to save space. Thinking of going ITX but I got a decent soundcard so that left me with microATX. This is purely for gaming build, not going to stream anything, not going to encode anything. Just straight gaming and usual PC stuff like listening to music, browsing etc. Few questions:

1) Should I go Haswell or Ivy Bridge?
2) Should I go for i3 or i5? Or should I buy good CPU + cheap mobo first or buy good mobo + cheap CPU?

One thing I been using for the past few years is use high end motherboard (ASUS Crosshair, Sabertooth line) since it's reliable and oodles of tweaking options. I'm not fond of cheap motherboards anymore since the one I been using before is nothing but trouble. So I aim quite high, perhaps a Gryphon or Maximus series of motherboards but that would render useless if I don't use non K series CPU isn't it? So I quite puzzled by this...

The GPU I going to use is to reuse my HD 7850 and play on 23" FullHD display. Games that I play is usually emulators (Dolphin, DeSmuME, ePSXe), First Person Shooter games like Metro, Crysis and 3rd person like GTA series. Looking forward for GTA V
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I've heard that Haswell really does improve emulator performance over Ivy Bridge, but haven't tested that myself.

As such, I would go with the Haswell i5-4670K and a decent Z87-chipset mobo (Gigabyte Z87X-D3H / UD3H / UD4H). However, if you're getting a non-overclockable CPU (any i3 or non-K i5), you might as well get a B75/B85 motherboard and save money in the process.
Edited by svenge - 8/9/13 at 10:22pm
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Thanks for the reply. I did more research and found out that Xeon E3 1230 V2 is basically i7 sells at i5 4670k price and can be coupled with cheap H61 motherboard. I think I going to get that. 4 cores with 8 thread sure is lovely biggrin.gif
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These are my core components, I hope the PSU is good enough for this build:

Xeon E3-1230 V2
Gigabyte H61M-S2P-B3
CoolerMaster N200 mATX case
FSP HEXA 500W
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NZXT Phantom 240 Logitech G400 gaming mouse Razer Goliathus Omega Speed Edition Creative X-Fi Titanium HD (2xLME49720HA + 2xLME... 
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Windows 10 Professional x64 23" LG Flatron W2343T CM Storm QuickFire Pro Cherry MX Black keys Cosrsair CX750M 
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NZXT Phantom 240 Logitech G400 gaming mouse Razer Goliathus Omega Speed Edition Creative X-Fi Titanium HD (2xLME49720HA + 2xLME... 
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