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#1 Aug 27 2013 at 12:32 PM Rating: Good
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My current build is 2.5 years old and it's time, time, time to consider replacing the motherboard and CPU. The CPU is a piddly AMD Athlon x4 and it's struggling with FFXIV ARR.

I've got a lot more money to play with than usual (budgeted at $600 for this!) so I want to do it right.

This combo looks sexy to me: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1417965

I don't know that much about the i7 series (I've been an AMD user for a decade) and while I've done some comparisons, I'm still not 100% sure the Haswell is the best bang for the buck. If I go for the 6 core Extreme i7s I spill over budget by way too much, however, but I'd rather go ahead and get the latest and greatest since I can actually afford it for once. I'd like to get another 3 years out of this build before I start over from scratch.

The remaining components in the box will be the same as before. That is, a Radeon HD 7770 video card, 16 GB of DDR, a 128 GB SSD and a secondary 1TB media drive, and an 800 watt PSU, running on Windows 8 Pro.

The existing motherboard and processor will be cannibalized and stuffed into my media center PC so I'll need a new midsize case for that too, but that's it's own project for later.
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#2 Aug 27 2013 at 12:53 PM Rating: Excellent
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haswells are new and fast, and solid midrange. The only real difference between them and the upper end socket 2011 hexacores is going to be number of cores, and amount of ram supported. THe haswells support 4 slots, the 2011's support 8 ram slots. If number of ram slots and available theoretical ram bandwidth is not a concern, Haswell is going to be fine. The newest haswell chipset also has a few newer instruction sets they haven't yet incorporated into new socket 2011's, mainly dealing with energy efficiency, but not something that I would pick haswell over a 2011 socket over myself anyways.
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I've confirmed that my current 4x4 RAM is compatible with the motherboard in that kit (1333 MHz - thank you NewEgg and your email invoices.) So I won't need support for 8 sticks of RAM.
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I can't understand anyone who skips the cutscenes of a Final Fantasy game. That's like going to Texas and not getting barbecue.

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#4 Sep 24 2013 at 7:16 AM Rating: Good
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Just a lesson learned about the 4770k: They're not kidding about the Intel stock cooler being inadequate. Even without overclocking it can get really REALLY hot.

A bad Windows 8 update causes the Win8 updater service to friggin peg out your CPU unless you manually close the instances Smiley: dubious I was sitting at 70C idle and I couldn't figure out what was going on until I opened task manager and saw all those Win8 updater services running. I'm ready to just download the 8.1 preview and be done with it. Anyway, I killed those processes and dropped back down to a normal 35C idle.

In the meantime, I have a proper heat sink and mega fan as well as a tube of arctic silver on the way, and we'll try this again.

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Thayos wrote:
I can't understand anyone who skips the cutscenes of a Final Fantasy game. That's like going to Texas and not getting barbecue.

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