Just my approach to purchasing...anything .
If all I need is a reliable car...there's little point in my buying a car built for the way that they used to drive on the autobahn in Germany .
There's little point in paying for a processor with a lot of power...if you don't game or use applications that might utilize or call for the horsepower you have paid for.
As for cpus...I always prefer AMD over Intel for several reasons...the most important being price versus value provided. For what I do (I am not a gamer) there is no real value in preferring Intel processors over AMD processors. I run Word, surf, capture/edit movies and other mundane tasks...any processor made within the last 10 years could easily handle all the things I do on a system.
It's a moot point, since you have an Intel board...but you may want to consider that in the future.
You didn't answer my query about $$...that's not a good sign, IMO.
You have to understand...the computers that we buy today...are toys. They should be purchased in the same manner that we purchase any toy which we want...we save and then purchase the toy that we want, well-aware that we need no reason to justify such, other than to say "I wanted that."
Since you didn't really answer this, let's try it again. What do you expect to get out of your "new system" that you did not get out of your "old system"? What makes putting together a new system...such an urgent thing to do now?
You should also consider the fact that a new motherboard...normally will also mean new PSU, new CPU, new RAM, new cables for drives.
Edited by hamluis, 15 April 2013 - 01:38 PM.