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I have been away for a long time, but it seems that my trusty DFI mobo and processor are... lacking the horsepower they need to run modern games, so I decided to get me a new build.

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Intel i5 3570k
Asus P8Z77 -V PRO
8 Gb (2x4) G.Skills F32400
Noctua NH-D14

If there is anyone from... way back then, hello and it is good to be back.
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If you have to replace the motherboard, why not go Haswell? If you already had an 1155 MB it would be a no-brainer, but IMO the the price hasn't dropped enough on the IB components to make it worthwhile.

For example, a 3570K + Asus MB at Microcenter is $349, and a 4670K + Asus MB is $354. These boards have very comparable feature sets, maybe with even better on the Z87 board. I would have to save a lot more than $5 to buy hardware a generation old.

http://www.microcenter.com/site/brands/intel-processor-bundles.aspx

The only reason I would go IB over Haswell is if I was trying to set a core frequency WR or something, but in the real world Haswell is faster at lower clocks. If you're willing to delid you can OC Haswell every bit as far as IB and have a stupid fast chip.
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I have tried delidding with disaster results. I don't need the greatest and latest, I just need better than I have right now. But I'll keep it in mind, I might try going lidless again,... and hopefully without a dark screen and no lights!
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I have tried delidding with disaster results. I don't need the greatest and latest, I just need better than I have right now. But I'll keep it in mind, I might try going lidless again,... and hopefully without a dark screen and no lights!

Have you seen the "vice and hammer" method? This is the recommended procedure for Haswell due to the location of exposed components right behind the edge of the lid. Both IB and Haswell benefit greatly from delidding, but Haswell seems to be getting better gains, in the neighborhood of 30*C.

I'm with you though, I was coming from an AM3 system and was originally going to go with Ivy Bridge (since it's really good enough for gaming) until I saw that there was almost no difference in price between IB and Haswell. One thing you might want to look at is the features on the Z87 boards vs the Z77 boards. This is ultimately what forced my decision, as I wanted the extra USB3 and SATA3 connectivity, as well as the extra throughput of PCI-E 3.0 since I have, and plan to have in the future, a multi-card setup.
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