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Best Bang For Buck Gaming Rig - May 2012! (Ivy Bridge + Kepler/Island)

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April 22, 2012 1:33:06 AM

Hey Guys,

I do a full PC upgrade every 4 to 5 years. The time has come to retire my Q6600 build. I've researched a good amount and have already bought some stuff. Please take a look and advice, especially on the "Left To Buy" items!

Already Own:

  • Mouse: Logitech G400
  • Mouse Pad: SteelSeries QcK+
  • Keyboard: Generic Logitech
  • Soundcard: X-Fi Titanium HD
  • Speakers: Corsair SP2500
  • Heatsink: Corsair CAFA70
  • Thermal Paste: Arctic Cooling Arctic MX-4
  • PSU: Antec High Current Gamer 750W (should be enough - right?)
  • Dual-Monitors: HP Zr24w (IPS) + Samsung S23A750D (120hz)

    Left To Buy:

  • Motherboard: Intel Z77 right? No idea which.

    - Maybe ASRock Z77 Extreme4/Extreme6? $130 - $170.
    - I don't need anything too fancy..or extra ports.

  • Graphic Card: Radeon HD 7870, 7950, 7970 or NVIDIA GTX 660Ti, 670, 680???

    - I'm willing to spend a little extra here, due to the fact that I have a 120hz monitor. I can "see" up to it's important I get a strong GPU. Also, I do not like Dual-GPU no Crossfire/SLI for me.
    - GTX 680 is $500..tempting..but is it really worth it?
    - I actually upgraded my Geforce 8800GT to a GTX 570 for BF3...but I'm thinking about selling the GTX 570 (I got it for $240!) to getting something better.

  • CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K...$225

    - This is considered similar to the i5-2500k right? Best bang for buck CPU??
    - Ivy Bridge i7 still not worth it for gamers - correct?

  • Memory: 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600...$45.

    - Any reason for 16gb? Doubt it, but thought I ask.

  • Case: I currently have an Antec 1200..but I am slightly tempted to get a new case if it's worth it.

    - Maybe the CM Storm Trooper, Storm Enforcer, Rosewill Thor v2, Corsair 650D/600T/500R, or NZXT Switch 810. What do you guys think?

  • SSD: 256gb..either Crucial M4, Corsair Performance Pro, Plexor M3 Pro, Samsung 830, or Vertex 4...$250-$300.

    - I realize 256gb SDD might not be considered "best bang for buck"..but I want all my programs and games on 1 drive..I don't like space management. 128gb is not enough for me.

    Let me know what you think so far of the build. All comments/advice are welcomed! Thanks.

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    April 22, 2012 1:45:16 AM

    Asrock Z77 extreme 4-Can't go wrong with this board.
    CPU: yeah, 3570k is still the best for games.
    GPU: I recommend you wait until may to see what Nvidia has to offer. If you can't wait, definitely go for the 680.
    Case: The Corsair 600T is a brilliant case, tbh all your choices are excellent, up to you on cases.
    SSD: Go for Crucial. They have a great record of reliability and quality.
    Ram: 8GB will be fine.
    April 22, 2012 1:51:46 AM

    ^ good stuff. thanks for your advice.
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    April 22, 2012 7:21:15 PM

    /bump for good measure.
    April 24, 2012 12:21:29 AM

    Best answer selected by malikq86.
    April 24, 2012 12:26:11 AM

    I can only imagine how nice of a gaming setup you have :o 
    Nice build btw.
    April 24, 2012 12:37:11 AM

    You can't get a 680 for 500, not even close.