Hi everyone. Not happy to say, but my GA-Z77X-UP7 motherboard got some insane UEFI / BIOS malware on it , and after 4 weeks of trying to remove it I’ve (kinda intentionally, very much regrettably, out of frustration) bricked it with a BIOS flash.
Anyway....... my rig is as follows
Antec 1200 case ATX form factor ( the MB is eATX I think - just realised after 8 years why I struggled like hell with cables lol )
Intel Core i7-3770K 3.50GHz (Ivybridge) Socket LGA1155
Gigabyte Z77X-UP7 Intel Z77 (Socket 1155)
Msi GeForce 1080 Gaming X Plus
Samsung Green 16GB DDR3 PC3-12800C11 1600MHz Quad Channel
Samsung 840 Pro 256Gb SSD
RAID0: 2TB (4 x 500GB) Seagate Barracuda 7200.11
Pioneer BDC-202BK 5x BD-ROM + 12x12 DVD±RW SATA
Seasonic X-Series 850w '80 Plus Gold' Modular
Alphacool Eisbaer 240
Creative Fatal1ty Titanium Pro
The system has done me really reallllly well for the last 8 years. It’s been rock solid.
I’m contemplating replacing the motherboard because it’s ‘that’ good - despite them being quite rare and requiring a mortgage to afford one. I’ve got about £400 to spend. I’m thinking about going all out and getting a ryzen alternative - but will I get something as solid and reliable for £400 - bearing in mind I’ll need a new mb, cpu, and ram - can anyone think of anything else I’d need based on the hardware I already have ? If I would need to replace more things and spend a lot more I just can’t afford it atm. I’m trying to upgrade and make use of what I already have, whilst at the same time staying on a mega reliable platform which is gaming orientated.
I’d need power for the water cooler, usb 3 front panel, system fans etc. Around 6/7 sata ports - 4 running on a RAID.
I’d also need pci slots for the graphics card and sound card.
Also the radiator for the water cooler is a bloody massive pain in the bum and I’d need to be careful about the location of the CPU / power slots etc on a new board.
I’d be really grateful if anyone can advise / share their opinion on what you think is best to do.
I’ll get a pic up of the inside of the case so you have a better picture of what I’d be dealing with with an upgrade.
Cheers guys!! Stay safe!