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I mean an R9 280X
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Since you have a pretty decent budget to work with, I'd definitely recommend switching platforms now.

You already have an OC'd 8120, so going to an OC'd 8320 isn't going to give you a huge gain. Going to an OC'd Intel 4770K, however, will give you very substantial gains over any AMD FX setup. Plus, the 4770K consumes half the power of the 8320, so you will not need to upgrade your power supply.

Just look at the tremendous power consumption difference between Intel and AMD. Then take into account that the Intel 4770K is faster and will be at max load for a shorter period of time to finish a certain task, and the difference becomes even larger.

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As for motherboards, I would recommend the Asus Z87-A:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131981

Or if you want to spend a bit more, the Z87 Pro has upgraded VRMs, not that it's really necessary for Haswell since it's so efficient compared to FX:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131979

If you want to do a smaller build but still crossfire 7970s or 280Xs, the Maximus VI GENE is also an excellent board:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131975
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As for motherboards, I would recommend the Asus Z87-A:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131981

How does the Asus Z87A compare to the ASRock Extreme6? Because that was what I was considering?
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As for motherboards, I would recommend the Asus Z87-A:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131981

How does the Asus Z87A compare to the ASRock Extreme6? Because that was what I was considering?

AsRock is better value for money, but Asus has a better track record of reliability. Usually I only recommend AsRock boards for budget builds. In the ~$150 range Asus is a safer bet. The VRMs on either board should be able to get a great overclock out of a 4770K without issues.

On the Asus side, you have a few options for mid-priced ATX boards: Z87A $140, Z87 Pro-V $168 (upgraded VRMs), Z87 Pro $177 AR (similar to the Pro-V but with Wifi)

Between the 3, I'd prbably go for the Z87 Pro-V if I was doing a build and wanted a midrange ATX board.

Here is a list of the VRM designs on most Intel boards since P67.

http://www.sinhardware.com/images/vrmlist.png
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The Extreme6 is comparable to the Pro-V in terms of features. If you own a decent set of cans (headphones) you might appreciate the nice ALC1150 found on the Pro-V/Extreme6 over the Z87-A.

The Extreme6 is available in the MC combo for just $375 (includes i7-4770K) combined. Looks like they are getting $50 more for the Z87-Pro w/wifi. Not sure it's worth $50 more. Guess that would depend on how much you like yellow/gold wink.gif
     
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The Extreme6 is comparable to the Pro-V in terms of features. If you own a decent set of cans (headphones) you might appreciate the nice ALC1150 found on the Pro-V/Extreme6 over the Z87-A.

The Extreme6 is available in the MC combo for just $375 (includes i7-4770K) combined. Looks like they are getting $50 more for the Z87-Pro w/wifi. Not sure it's worth $50 more. Guess that would depend on how much you like yellow/gold wink.gif

I'd pay more for Asus's better reliability, but that's just me. I've had issues with MSI and Gigabyte boards in the past, but not an Asus board so far. Plus, their customer support has been pretty good in my own experience, though I'm sure others may disagree.

AsRock has great budget offerings, but their mixed track record of reliability makes me wary about getting a decently expensive AsRock board...
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