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Intel Virgin: Making the Switch from AMD

So, I've decided to finally make the switch from AMD to Intel. I'll be reusing parts from my current build, so I will only need to purchase the motherboard, CPU, and RAM at the moment. I plan to add more RAM, M2 SSD's, a better cooler, and new case at a later date. What do you guys think about the Mobo and CPU? I can't decide if I should go for an i5-7600k, i7-7700k, or a Xeon.

Current build:
CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo CPU Cooler
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard
RAM: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory
SSD: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive
GPU: Gigabyte Radeon R9 270X 2GB WINDFORCE Video Card
PSU: Corsair CXM 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply
Monitors: Asus VS248H-P 24.0" 1920x1080 Monitor
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Arctic White) ATX Mid Tower Case

Proposed upgrade parts (~$585):
CPU: Intel Core i7-7700K 4.2GHz Quad-Core Processor
Motherboard: MSI Z270 GAMING PRO CARBON ATX LGA1151 Motherboard
RAM: Kingston FURY 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory

Approximate Purchase Date: within the month
Budget Range: $600 before rebates
System Usage : light programming, web, light gaming, whatever random project tickles my fancy at the time.
Are you buying a monitor: No
Parts to Upgrade: CPU, RAM, motherboard
Do you need to buy OS: No
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg
Location: Utah, USA
Parts Preferences: CPU: Intel; Motherboard: MSI, Asus, or Gigabyte; RAM: no preference
Overclocking: Maybe (not necessary, but it's always fun)
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe (have yet to use it, but it's nice to have the option if I change my mind later)
Your Monitor Resolution: dual 1920x1080
Why Are You Upgrading: I think my CPU may be reaching the end of its life, I'd like a faster system that's capable of handling multiple VM's, and pretty new computer parts are fun to order and assemble.
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  1. If you must upgrade your ram later down the road, it'd be a good idea to buy a kit as opposed to buying another stick of ram. How old is your PSU? Once you migrate to the new platform, you're going to need to reinstall your OS so please backup any and/or all critical content before you migrate ;)

    Are you sticking with the R9-270? That i7-7700K's a lot of power for that GPU...
  2. Well, I was already on the fence about getting this RAM kit since it's so flashy, so you've convinced me to just go with the kit (Corsair Vengeance LED 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory). After looking at more mobo's, it looks like this one is a cheaper option with really good reviews, which would match the RAM's LEDs (ASRock Fatal1ty Z270 Gaming K6 LGA 1151 Intel Z270 ).
    In regards to the PSU, it's probably under two years old. I plan to stick with the R9-270 since it's really handled the little gaming requirements I've thrown at it (Diablo 2 and 3 and LOL very rarely).
    I'm also debating if I should just get the i7-7700k to future proof the system and not wish I had it later, or if I would be just fine with the Intel Core i5-7600k.
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    The i7 is overkill for what you use it for, even with VMs, you want more RAM and a fast hard drive for that.

    Go with an i5, 16 GB of RAM and get a larger SSD than your 120. Since you won't be gaming, the video card is fine.

    Also can drop down the higher end motherboard to a cheaper model, but looks like you already did that.

    Really for non-gaming, unless you are rendering video or something, you may not see much of an upgrade from your FX-6300 unless you run benchmarks to notice. With a good hard drive and enough RAM, the AMD system will boot and run programs pretty much as fast as the newer Intel stuff. I doubt you will see the difference in normal tasks.
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