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Which MOBO and RAM is right for me and my i7 3770 or K if price drops

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August 15, 2012 12:39:20 AM

I need help selecting the best MOBO bang for my buck. I am planning on a new build within about the next month. I may look into being able to overclock my machine if i get the necessary parts and i want the ability to, but my uses are for DL/Streaming, tv tuner stream/capturing, Casual Gaming (but I want to be able to play most any game out), SOME Video Editing and Rendering, Heavy Word Processing /MS Office. I am looking for this rig to last me for a while since I will be poor after this while going to school, but I want to have something that will last/able to continuously upgrade. I will also be open to any comparable cheaper boards (sub $200) that would stand up until the more expensive boards like maximus v extreme come down.

I am looking to purchase:

Thermaltake Level 10 Gt, but I may go for the Black over White and the size is the same anyways

i7 3700 (unless the K version is around 300 by then)

I am looking at I dont want to go over $300 (at least form factor atx):


g1. sniper 3

z77a gd80

golden z77h2


DDR3 1600
either 2 G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB 240-Pin
4 G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 240-Pin
I am wondering if i had 16g would it be better to have 4x4 or 2x8, but i was thinking 2x8 so
then later i can just add more 8 sticks for 32.

it would matter by what board i got in terms of how it would affect my budget for a card, but for my purposes, would nvidia or ati be a better fit.

depends on the above, but open to suggestions.

ssd Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2CCA 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC

LG E2442V-BN

Windows 7 but i may partition a copy of xp on it because i havent used the newer oses yet

probably just some fans because since i won't oc out of the gate, i figure i can add something like that later on.

So, do you think I am on the right track for a good rig, or not? Any help/feedback will be appreciated and I will respond quickly.

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