My motherboard died, planning to upgrade, which setup should I buy?


Aug 23, 2017
I have planned to upgrade my PC when RAM prices fall but my motherboard died on me so I am planning (or more likely forced) to upgrade now buying stuff from other people (used,unused).
My current setup is:

  • Motherboard - Gigabyte Z77-DS3H (dead, 6 years old)
    CPU - i5-3570
    RAM - 2x2GB + 2x4GB, 1600MHz DDR3
    Graphics card - GTX 970 (I keep this until GTX 1170 comes)
    Monitor - Acer XB271HU (144hz, 2k)
    PSU - 600W be quiet! Straight Power 10
    CPU Cooler - be quiet! Pure Rock, 150W TDP
The 500€ setup:

  • Motherboard - MSI 370 a-pro motherboard
    CPU - i7-8700k
    RAM - 2x8GB Corsair Vengeance 3000MHz DDR4
The 350€ setup:

  • Motherboard - ASUS X79 Rampage IV Formula
    CPU - i7-3930k
    RAM - 4x4GB Kingstone, 1600MHz, CL9, Quad-channel

    • + it comes with
      HDD - Western Digital 500GB 2,5" 7200ot, SATA3.0GB/s, 16MB cache
      Wifi - D-Link DWA-556 PCI-E WiFi 300 Mb/s
      CPU Cooler - decent CPU cooler, 4 x heatpipe (not stock)
the cheapest I have found a 1155 socket working motherboard was ~70€.
Though there is a minor chance that it is not my motherboard but my CPU since I only tested if it is or not the: ram,ssd,hdd,battery,psu... also tried reseting bios but nothing...
but it is unlikely because the PC boots up with black screen, then restarts 3 times, then stuck at the Gigabyte logo screen with options to go to BIOS do Q-flash or system info but it doesn't respond to any keypresses by any keyboard

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