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CPU:Intel Core i7-875K Lynnfield 2.93GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Unlocked Desktop Processor BX80605I7875K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116368

Mother Board:ASUS Maximus III Formula LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131482

Ram:CORSAIR DOMINATOR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMP4GX3M2A1600C9
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145296

HDD:Seagate Constellation ES SAS ST3500414SS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SAS 6Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148631

GPU:XFX HD-557X-ZNF2 Radeon HD 5570 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150474

PSU & Case:Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case & Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V version 2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC .
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.514513

Total 960$

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CPU:Intel Core i5-760 Lynnfield 2.8GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80605I5760
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115067

Motherboard:ASUS Maximus III Formula LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131482

Ram:CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model CMX8GX3M2A1333C9
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145315

SSD:Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC064MAG-1G1 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
For Storage I'll Reuse My 500GB Sata Hard Drive

GPu:XFX HD-577X-ZMF3 Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150501

Case with PSU : COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKA3-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case w/ Cooler Master RS700-PCAAE3-US 700W Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119235

Total 980$
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  1. Best answer
    The Core i7-875K is unlocked so it is generally easier to overclock. It also has hyper-threading so it can basically imitate an 8 core CPU while only having 4 actual cores. But any performance boost will be dependent on how much "headroom" each particular core has to put it in a very simplistic way.

    Games do not use more than 3 cores at the moment; therefore hyper-threading yields no performance increase over a CPU w/o hyper-threading.
  2. Is this for gaming? If so you're spending way too much on the CPU and not enough on the GPU.

    Whatever you do, that ram is terrible. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231321 is much better and less expensive to boot.
  3. Get G.SKILL RAM with a CAS Latency of 7, no higher

    If I may suggest, the Ripjaws

    Also instead of getting that CPU, get a better GPU
  4. Best answer selected by siva150.
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