A decent processor from New Egg or Amazon now, I bought it in December and just now got around to using it...
Intel Core i5-4570 Haswell 3.2GHz LGA 1150 84W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics BX80646I54570
$189 from NewEgg after promo code. $30 cheaper than the i5-4670. 3.2G vs 3.4G. Nobody will notice the difference.
Upgraded the memory to 8Gb with a fairly low end module. I'm no longer buying Gskill, I've spent too many long hours debugging systems that turned out to have bad memory.
Transferred over the video cards. This machine has two. One for the dual PC screens, and another for the HDMI TV monitor. The new mobo will allow two full length PCIe video cards. One of these is a PCIe 1X card. I'll keep it anyway for now, there are 1x slots on the mobo.
PLACED March 17, 2013
PLACED March 11, 2013
On first boot I got a fail. The machine lit up, spun the fans for two seconds, stopped for two seconds and repeated in an endless power cycle. Sometimes this is the processor finding the right speed and it will recover, but this did not. Next usual cause is the 12V CPU power plug is not installed. Nope it was plugged in. Next thing is the memory modules. I had started with the new 8GB and the 2x2GB gskill modules that were in the old mobo. Reseated them, no improvement. Removed the old modules and left just the new one. Bingo! Machine boots. There is no speaker on this mobo so there were never any beeps. I was hoping to leave 12GB in the machine but I decided to throw out the old 4Gb, it was 1333 instead of 1600 anyway. I'm not sure what the issue was, didn't debug it. 8Gb of memory it is. Still a 2X upgrade from the previous rig.
Kept the old 500G hard drive. I did NOT re-install windows now that I know the magic. The machine runs windows 7.
Links to how to make windows accept the new mother board:
Copy the mobo driver CD to a USB on a working machine, and plug in the USB drive. I've stopped using optical drives in most machines, since mine were all IDE and now mobos only support SATA. Otherwise you can just put the CD into the new machine directly.
The gist is, boot the machine, let it try to do a startup repair and fail. When it fails, click the link on the bottom of the form for advanced options. The last is command line, pick that.
Type C: and dir, D: and dir, etc to find which drive is the windows install and which is the USB. They won't be in the usual places. On my machines the windows install is always on D: and the drivers on USB are on E:
Type this command, and watch the spaces. Leave one out at it won't work.
Get a cup of coffee as it copies in all the drivers. The machine should boot fine after that, and the motherboard drivers will all be installed an happy.
Machine came up and everything worked. Sound, video, etc. Windows experience for the processor moved from 6.5 to 7.6.