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So my tax returns coming in, and I decided to finally upgrade my platform off of FM2+ biggrin.gif Looking for a new CPU, MoBo, and case(yes I find the C70 ugly)...My budget is about $400, but I'm willing to stretch it to $450 if it's REALLY worth it.

Here are my five ideas so far(luckily Microcenter fits in this equation):

Option One: $400
i5-4670k $160
Z87 Extreme4 $130
Storm Scout 2 $110

Option Two: $430
i5-4670k $160
Z87-G45 Gaming $160
Storm Scout 2 $110

Option Three: $450
i7-3770k $220
P8Z77-V PRO $120
Storm Scout 2 $110

Option Four: $430
Xeon E3 1230V2 $200
P8Z77-V PRO $120
CM N600 $100

Option Five: $365
Xeon E3 1230V2 $200
GA-H61N-USB3 $80
Node 304 $85

So which of these would you guys prefer and why? This will need to last me three years, but that doesn't mean I want to spend more than I have too. Feel free to recommend something slightly different then one of those or some combo entirely different!


Thanks for any help here guys tongue.gif
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post #2 of 28
Why not a Gigabyte motherboard i kinda swear by the UD3H and UD4H for my builds
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post #3 of 28
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Originally Posted by shilka View Post

Why not a Gigabyte motherboard i kinda swear by the UD3H and UD4H for my builds

Hm I'll look into those. I guess I avoided looking at Gibabyte due to my bad experiences with their AMD boards.
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All my builds with Gigabyte motherboards have not had any major problems at all

They are for friends and they would complain if something was broken and since i have not heard anything i wouls assume they dont have any problems
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post #5 of 28
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All my builds with Gigabyte motherboards have not had any major problems at all

Had one fm2+ board with a faulty bios, and my current randomly shuts off power(tested this throughly, definitely this board). But these Z87 boards seem nice...
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post #6 of 28
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Probably should have made this more clear, this build will be focused on gaming, with the occasional VM running. I want something that will last me 2-3 years, but don't want to spend more money than I have to if I won't notice the difference.
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Originally Posted by LordOfTots View Post

Probably should have made this more clear, this build will be focused on gaming, with the occasional VM running. I want something that will last me 2-3 years, but don't want to spend more money than I have to if I won't notice the difference.

For that i would go UD3H unless you care about the best audio you can get for that i would get the Sniper 5 but that is NOT a cheap board
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I like option 5 smile.gif
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post #9 of 28
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For that i would go UD3H unless you care about the best audio you can get for that i would get the Sniper 5 but that is NOT a cheap board

The UD3H looks awesome for the price, don't care for the price or looks of the Sniper though, and I'm not at all an audiophile tongue.gif but if I was, I'd just buy a sound card down the road
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I like option 5 smile.gif

I kinda do too, would save me money to use for maybe a ram upgrade or a blu ray player yessir.gif
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