Re: budget build ,any more corners to cut?
Hey XDanger. if you are going to do one of these upgrades some day, go with the ivy bridge. Being promised the r9 290 you were talking about, you can take advantage of pci-e 3.0 at a very cost efficent way. I never knew that h61 had pci-e 3.0. Take a look at my thread on haswell i5 vs. ivb core i7. Giving my brother the 3770k and asus mb for a core i5 haswell and a gigabyte haswell mb. Put it this way, I have owned the fx 8350 and the 3770k. Intel in this case takes the cake. GPU scaling itself is more efficent for intel cpu's being either a AMD or Nvidia card. BTW. I don't see why you don't just use 8gb of the corsair vengeance in your current system in the upgrade if you do go that way some day. also, no need to change the psu.
ps. I am waiting on the haswell refresh next year before going back up to core i7.
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