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Hoping to get some knowledge from you guys because im a bit behind in the times.

I run a stupid expensive complicated watercooling setup and due to my negligence ive ruined my motherboard.

So I need to make a decision and was hoping for some outside knowledge.

I have a 980x/12gbs of ram and a dead mobo at the moment.

It seems next to impossible to find cheap 1366 boards anymore. I dont want to sink 200+ into a 1366 board when the tech is over 5 years old now. So if I can find a cheap 1366 option I would consider buying that and rebuilding my pc.

Upgrade route:

1) Im a huge fan of the extreme edition line of procs but I also dont use my PC anywhere near as much as I used to. I have a kid now and a future wife so I dont get to sit down for 4-5 hours a night its more like a couple hours a week now. The new haswell-e has me excited but im not sure if I want to put the $ investment in. Can you guys give me your feelings on haswell-e? Is it going to be as good as I think or should I just go down the 4770/3770k route.

2) Im a huge asthetics fan but also want performance. Id love to have a blue motherboard with a full cover block (although im being told this isnt needed anymore). Out of the 3770k and the 4770k which one is the best to buy? Ill be overclocking it with water so I want to know what I should get if I go this way. Also does anyone have a pure black or blue/black mobo they can recommend?

I know this is a whole lot im just kind of in a influx with what to do right now due to the prices of 1366 boards.
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No chance the warranty is still good on your old board?

Full cover blocks are a complete waste of money on most modern platforms (was probably of dubious utility on your LGA-1366 setup as well, but that's another matter). Current chipsets are just a PCH, which is mostly the same thing as an old style south bridge. They put off about 5w of heat, and rarely benefit in any tangible way from 3rd party cooling. Mainstream CPUs are also so low power, with decent boards going completely overkill on VRM capacity, that VRMs rarely benefit from extra cooling either. LGA-2011 parts with six or more cores can still pull some serious current though.

You'll have to give more information about what you use your system for before I can recommend 1150 or 2011. If you were actually able to put all six cores of your 980x to good use, you may not be satisfied with the relatively small improvement in multi-threaded performance a 4770k will offer. If you just game or don't have many heavily threaded apps, the 4770k will be more than enough.
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From what i read your best shot could be a 2nd hand board instead of changing
board + cpu.. maybe you could find a 2nd hand 3770k+board but this still
would be a greater expense than just having a little patience and luck to get a
second hand board for yo 980X..

GL
post #4 of 6
yeah the used board may be your best bet... even though it is expensive theres nothing wrong with your 980x and its still fast even by today's standards.
as far as pricing goes I got a used x58 board for $50 on ebay, and i havent tested it, but i did have to mend a bent socket pin.

just be patient and you'll find one, but you might be without your computer for a bit.

But if you NEED your computer fixed now, PM givemedew here on OCN, he has a sabertooth x58, and an EVGA board that he is willing to sell. It might be pricey because he did mention that he sold an x58 rampage board for $370 shipped.
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Originally Posted by Kenjiwing View Post

I don't want to sink 200+ into a 1366 board

But you can get a nice board for that much.

Other option is to try n get some money for your 980. Compare that potential money to other 6core 32nm chip pricing and re-evaluate that into a new setup. But I'm thinking you wouldn't want low frills type parts e.g. mb cpu so i'm guessing you'll spend close to 400$ on a new platform minus the expense of the RAM which can be re-used. It's a tough call when X58 boards are becoming scarce, and deals are hard to find. Posts like these scare me cause I am still running 2 X58 systems on 6core 32nm chips. Makes me sick I sold an Asus P6T for 110$ last Nov
     
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You can get $300 for 980x
turn around and either invest a little more..say $150..

And your options will be: ($450)
New 4770K + decent (mid-range) z87 mobo.
or

another 1366 mobo ($200) + 6-core xeon ($200) Some Xeons run a LOT cooler than 980x and require less voltage, too.

or..
Do some serious shopping and come up with a used decent x79 build:

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_sacat=0&_from=R40&_sop=15&Socket%2520Type=LGA%25202011%252FSocket%2520R&_nkw=2011+cpu&_dcat=164&Number%2520of%2520Cores=4&rt=nc 4 cores

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_sacat=0&_from=R40&_sop=15&Socket%2520Type=LGA%25202011%252FSocket%2520R&_nkw=2011+cpu&_dcat=164&Number%2520of%2520Cores=6&rt=nc 6 cores

http://www.ebay.com/sch/Motherboards-/1244/i.html?_sop=15&_from=R40&_nkw=2011+motherboard 2011 motherboards

My pick:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/GIGABYTE-GA-EX58-UD3R-SOCKET-1366-MOTHERBOARD-TESTED-WARRENTY-/141193081382?pt=Motherboards&hash=item20dfc37226 Mobo

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Intel-Xeon-X5650-six-core-CPU-SLBV3-2-66-GHz-12MB-HT-socket-1366-Nehalem-EP-/281275358576?pt=CPUs&hash=item417d515d70 CPU


The only problem is if you get a newer chip with an older board BIOS,then you might have to buy a new BIOS chip..or "borrow" a chip to update the BIOS.
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