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May 12, 2012 7:14:04 PM

I am hoping to upgrade my old Q6600 + 750 FTW! system and need recommendations for processor+MB+Ram combos. $600 is my cap, but would love to come in at $500.

CHIP:

After reading the forums, the Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz LGA 1155 Processor seems frequently recommended at $189.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

I'm not dead set on the chip. I am also not a huge OCer tho (my q6600 is at 3ghz).

Please see my question on the CPU fan below!

MB:

I want USB 3.0, 2x PCI-E 3.0, and 2x 6gb sata. At least. I assume all modern board handle ACHI. Will be using a ATX mid-tower case (see below)

I've seen this recommended: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM:

Looking for about 8GB. Mushkin has been kind to me, but open to anything. I'd like to leave slots open for upgrades, rather than spreading the ram over more sticks.

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My current CPU fan: XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler I5 775 AMD compatible
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CAN I USE THIS ON THE ABOVE CHIP? If not, recommendations? Again, I won't really need liquid cooling, as I likely won't be pressing the OCing.
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Carryover Parts:

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

GeForce GTX 460 (I will grab a 670 or such down the line)

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V v2.2 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDs and a Samsung 830 SSD.

Optical drive.

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May 12, 2012 7:53:48 PM

kumquatq3 said:
I am hoping to upgrade my old Q6600 + 750 FTW! system and need recommendations for processor+MB+Ram combos. $600 is my cap, but would love to come in at $500.

CHIP:

After reading the forums, the Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz LGA 1155 Processor seems frequently recommended at $189.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

I'm not dead set on the chip. I am also not a huge OCer tho (my q6600 is at 3ghz).

Please see my question on the CPU fan below!

MB:

I want USB 3.0, 2x PCI-E 3.0, and 2x 6gb sata. At least. I assume all modern board handle ACHI. Will be using a ATX mid-tower case (see below)

I've seen this recommended: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I recently (a few days ago) picked up an i5-3750k and I am happy.

If you are going to go with microcenter's incredible (in my opinion) deal on the CPU then pair it up with one of the motherboards that is an additional $50 off.

Here are some good options:

Asus P8Z77-V PRO - $169.99 with CPU
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
Asus P8Z77-V LX - $89.99 with CPU
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA - $89.99 with CPU
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H - $114.99 with CPU
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

In terms of which motherboard out of these to get? I'd lean towards the ASRock board because it has all the features on a MB that the others have (unless I missed something critical) plus it has the best audio chipset (ACL898) of the boards listed here.

You should be able to use your cooling fan on the CPU.

In terms of RAM go with whatever is the cheapest quality 1600 RAM available at time of purchase and look for Low Profile.

8 Gigs of HyperX blu - $44.99

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Same HyperX as 16 GB (4x4) - $99.99

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...


I went with 16 gigs of RAM because I figure may as well do the upgrade in one fell swoop. If you do with with 16 GB I would suggest, if you care about every single iota of performance, to get 2 8 GB sticks as opposed to 4 4 GB sticks. In some benchmarks I saw when I was researching there was an extremely minor difference between 4 sticks and 2 sticks with 2 sticks being a touch faster. I went with 4x4 anyway since it was cheaper.


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May 12, 2012 8:58:36 PM

Thanks! Much appreciated!
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May 12, 2012 8:58:44 PM

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