long story kinda short: a friend is breaking apart their PC and i will inherit an i5-4670k for less than i can sell my i5-3570k on ebay. i have been a little disappointed with my AsRock Z87 Pro4-m, and since i am trying for a higher overclock and a 'free' 4670k is going begging, it seemed like a decent idea to grab it and acquire a higher quality Z87 motherboard.
still space limited to microATX, pcpartpicker has the following toys available;
MSI Z87M-G43 ~~~~~~~~ £ 84
Asus Z87M-PLUS ~~~~~~ £ 102
Gigabyte GA-Z87MX-D3H ~ £ 109
ASRock Z87M Extreme4 ~~ £ 114
Asus GRYPHON Z87 .~~~~ £ 120
Gigabyte G1.Sniper M5 ~ ~ £ 159
Asus MAXIMUS VI GENE ~~ £ 160
ASRock Z87M OC Formula - £ 163
the extreme4 and gyphon seem to have some good reviews, but do you think dropping another £40 into the board make much of a difference?
i understand overclocking involves the luck of the draw with the cpu, but lets assume the 4670k is an average performer. sadly(?) it hasn't been overclocked so we don't know how good it might be
PSU: XFX Pro Series 550w - Graphics: Sapphire 7870 XT ~~ may Crossfire another 7870 XT in future, but for now this is it.
as always, thank you in advance
edit: oh shoot, meant to ask about a cpu cooler too. 2013 H60 has been getting a lot of praise and is a nice price - opinions?
currently have a thermaltake water 2.0 performer (£30 on sale :P), but i fear it might not cut it for haswell's love of heat!