- 74 months ago
So here is the situation, my motherboard's onboard audio decided to die. Sent it in for warranty and ASUS has deemed that it was "Customer Induced Damage". I am still waiting to hear from them as to exactly what the issue is. I have deemed these to be the most viable options, yet am unsure what to do.
Option 1: Get the motherboard back from RMA (as is) and just purchase an aftermarket soundcard. While this is the cheapest option, I feel as though the motherboard is probably just going to die sooner than later anyways. Assuming the problem has to do with capacitors.
Option 2: Replace motherboard with equivalent or higher end motherboard. X79 motherboard sit around the $300 (CDN) mark. I would not replace with the same board so, I would be looking at around $340 for the next step up.
Option 3: Get an i7 4770K + Motherboard. Something like this: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/12aFX I would consider an i5, but after having an i7 for so long, I would rather not go backwards.
CPU + Mobo = $499 + tax = $565
Replace motherboard = $340(ish) + tax = $385
If I sell my i7 3820 for around $200, that would leave the upgrade costing me less than the new CPU and motherboard.
Very torn right now, what do you guys think?