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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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Haswell-E will be an expensive 4770k with 2-4 more cores and expensive RAM... Doesn't seem worth it to me, but others would disagree biggrin.gif

A Gigabyte UD3h (blue/black, good VRMs) + 4770k sounds good to me.

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Haswell-E will be an expensive 4770k with 2-4 more cores and expensive RAM... Doesn't seem worth it to me, but others would disagree biggrin.gif

A Gigabyte UD3h (blue/black, good VRMs) + 4770k sounds good to me.

Ya I think the tech nerd in me just wants the haswell-e for the epeen. I think a 3770/4770k would be the best bet for me at this time. I will miss my cores though lol.

Are there any recent reviews or write ups on which proc to buy for overclocking? Between the 3770k/4770k.
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Haswell-E will be an expensive 4770k with 2-4 more cores and expensive RAM... Doesn't seem worth it to me, but others would disagree biggrin.gif

A Gigabyte UD3h (blue/black, good VRMs) + 4770k sounds good to me.

Completely disagree. Haswell-E will be the next 980X. It's going to usher in the 8 core era which will probably stay that way for a handful of generations. Just like how the 980X is still kind of relavent being a 6 core processor even after 5 years, the haswell-e lineup is going to be just that.

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Also is my 980x DDR-3 compatitible with the new 4770ks or do I need to buy new memory?
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To play devil's advocate about replacing the board rather than investing in a newer socket, there are quite a few used ones for far less than $200. I think you could probably replace your mobo for around $100 if you looked around on ebay or maybe the forums here. You would also save on not having to get rid of your powerful old processor. It seems like a huge expenditure for not so huge gain in performance to NOT replace the board you have now.

But an enthusiast is always looking for a good excuse to upgrade. thumb.gif

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To play devil's advocate about replacing the board rather than investing in a newer socket, there are quite a few used ones for far less than $200. I think you could probably replace your mobo for around $100 if you looked around on ebay or maybe the forums here. You would also save on not having to get rid of your powerful old processor. It seems like a huge expenditure for not so huge gain in performance to NOT replace the board you have now.

But an enthusiast is always looking for a good excuse to upgrade. thumb.gif

This seems like the smartest bet.. if I could find a quality board for $100 id probably jump on it.
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Ya I think the tech nerd in me just wants the haswell-e for the epeen. I think a 3770/4770k would be the best bet for me at this time. I will miss my cores though lol.

Are there any recent reviews or write ups on which proc to buy for overclocking? Between the 3770k/4770k.

What you can do is sell the 980x and the ram for as much as you can get for it and then buy something to tie you over until haswell E launches in Q3/4 of this year. You don't have to get an extreme edition 5960X that costs 1000 for the 8 cores. You can just pick up a 5930K which is everything the extreme edition is but clocked 100mhz lower but with virtually the exact same OC potential. Heck, I know 3930k's overclocking better than 3960x.
The 5930k is expected to come in at the same price as a 4930k which is around 400-500

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To play devil's advocate about replacing the board rather than investing in a newer socket, there are quite a few used ones for far less than $200. I think you could probably replace your mobo for around $100 if you looked around on ebay or maybe the forums here. You would also save on not having to get rid of your powerful old processor. It seems like a huge expenditure for not so huge gain in performance to NOT replace the board you have now.

But an enthusiast is always looking for a good excuse to upgrade. thumb.gif

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_trksid=p2050601.m570.l1313.TR0.TRC0.H0.Xx58&_nkw=x58&_sacat=0&_from=R40

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Used-Asus-P6X58D-E-Motherboard-Only-/261416594032?pt=Motherboards&hash=item3cdda4aa70

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Gateway-FX6800-01e-Motherboard-Intel-X58-LGA1366-Supports-Core-i7-TESTED-/181338392178?pt=Motherboards&hash=item2a389c4672

I'd spend the 140 and tie you over till haswell-e. IMO

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