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Right now, I'm running my i7 950 that I purchased when I first built this computer about two years ago. It's never been a particularly good overclocker, but I've been happy enough with it.
Recently, however, I've been wanting to get back into overclocking a bit more; since I've had this chip for so long and it's not particularly good, I've pretty much exhausted all of the potential/fun of this one.
I'm looking to upgrade my motherboard and CPU sometime in the next month or so, but I haven't really kept up with the current releases as well as I would have liked to recently.

I'd like to stay under about $500-$600 total for the motherboard/CPU and will be keeping the rest of my components for now. I'd prefer to stick with an i7, as there are some projects that I need to work on where it is helpful, but if there is a compelling reason to go for an i5 instead, I'm up to be convinced. I'm not planning on going directly to a WC loop, but will probably do so sometime in the next few months.

What would be my best option right now in terms of overclocking "fun" for a CPU? With that CPU, what motherboard would be best?

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Current gen Intel's speaking from about Sandy Bridge aren't exactly a "blast" to overclock. They are fairly simple to overclock and you can pretty much find your maximum stable overclock in an hour. A few months down the road you might be able to push it further after playing with settings, as it starts to get tricky after 4.8GHz. As far as calling it "fun" if easy is fun for you then it will be fun. If you are looking for a bit of a challenge, then Haswell is where you want to be because its a little trickier than Sandy and Ivy. Plus if you like to tinker, you can Delid Haswell and then that's when the real fun begins. If I had that amount of money to spend on a CPU and Motherboard it would probably look like this:

Motherboard: ASRock Z87 OC Formula LGA 1150 Intel - $239.99 @ @ Microcenter

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K - $279.99 @ Microcenter

Total: $519.98

Since you live in Texas, I'm assuming you live either near Dallas or Houston which gives you the Microcenter option allowing you to save a lot of money on both items. Definitely worth the trip over buying online.

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Right now, I'm running my i7 950 that I purchased when I first built this computer about two years ago. It's never been a particularly good overclocker, but I've
Recently, however, I've been wanting to get back into overclocking a bit more; since I've had this chip for so long and it's not particularly good, I've pretty much exhausted all of the potential/fun of this one.

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If you want something that'll be fun to OC, I'd be more tempted by the 4820K because you can play with the base clock straps, and it has a soldered heat spreader so you don't need to delid it.

That 950 will still run everything well though, so I'd keep it until Haswell-E comes out next year.
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