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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 05-21-2020, 09:23 PM - Thread Starter
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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!
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Try to get an AM4 mounting set for your CPU cooler (if you dont have any yet) it should be pretty cheap.

Then get a solid B450 board (like MSI B450 Tomahawk Max)
A CPU of choice like 3600x, 3700x or 3900x.
A nice RAM set of 2x8GB or 2x16GB at 3200mhz-CL14, 3600mhz-CL16 or 3800mhz-CL16.

Can also get a good X570 board (Asus X570 Gaming TUF is one of the best cheapest boards) but it cost a little more then a good B450.

You can keep using all your other hardware.

1st PC >>> Ryzen 3700x @ PBO OC - 16GB 3800mhz CL16 - 1070ti @ 2123mhz
2nd PC >>> Intel I5-4790K @ 4,7ghz - 16GB 2133mhz - RX570
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G.skill Ripjaws 16GB 3800mhz 16-16-16-36
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Samsung 256GB NVME
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Seagate 3TB 7200rpm
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Audioqeust Nighthawk
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I5-4790K @ 4,7ghz
Asus Z97 Pro Gaming
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You can also wait for the B550s. Some will cost as little as 100$ and they will sport PCIe 4.0. Twice the speed of PCIe 3.0. Due to arrive Middle of June and are primarily meant for Ryzen 4000 like the X570s.

CPU - R5 3600 - 200$ (Use the stock cooler temporarily)

Motherboard - Asus TUF X570 - 200$

RAM – G.Skill 3600 CL16 - 120$

Total - 520$

Note: Availability in your area might be easier than it is now in the US.

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