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Upgrading gaming pc, need advice.

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June 9, 2012 9:22:06 PM

Hi all,

Current specs:
- CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955BE 125W @ 3.8Ghz + Zalman CNPS10X Quiet cooler.
- Motherboard: Gigabyte MA770-UD3P.
- RAM: Corsair Dominator 4GB DDR3 1600mhz.
- GPU: ASUS GTX 560 Ti oc.
- Crucial M4 128gb SSD.
- Two Western Digital HDDs one 500GB and the other 1TB.
- PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W (+12V1@25A, +12V2@25A)
- Thermaltake V9 BlacX Edition case.
- Samsung BX2450 1080p LED monitor.

Upgrading:
Ivy bridge i7 3770k
need advice on mobo, if possible I'd like one with only 1 pci-e slot provided that the price is lower and nothing else is compromised...
8 or 12gb ram kit based on your suggestions.
GTX 670 <- don't like the pricing currently, the ones with custom coolers e.g. asus are overpriced.. any thoughts on this?

Got some questions:
Will my current cpu cooler work on the new mobo/cpu ?
Is my current PSU enough? By reading the reviews it seems that both the 3770k and gtx670 draw less power than what I have right now.

Everything will be ordered from amazon.
Budget is not a problem, but I much prefer less than $1000 if possible :) 

Thanks.
June 9, 2012 9:49:55 PM

ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX/$100 Great board that recently dropped $20 bucks in price. All the features you need.
8GB G.SKILL ARES series 1600 $47
i7 3770k $350
I`m not sure about your cpu cooler but a great one that will work is the Hyper 212 EVO($35)

670 is expensive but delivers great performance! $400

The total=$932

btw 600w should be enough. But if you`re concerned, get a 750w NZXT HALE 82 Modular power supply. Silent,modular and reliable!

Good luck with your build!
Cheers!
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June 9, 2012 10:28:28 PM

Nice mobo.. but I can't find it at amazon :(  only found the one with Z68 chipset
Same with the ram.

Also, what gpu brand are we talking about here ?
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June 10, 2012 1:14:02 AM

darkchazz said:
Nice mobo.. but I can't find it at amazon :(  only found the one with Z68 chipset
Same with the ram.

Also, what gpu brand are we talking about here ?

Sorry prices are from newegg. You're on a budget so I'd either get the EVGA or Gigabyte(both $400). They will all perform at the same speed(except the superclocked ones). But you can OC it to the same or better as the superclocked without much trouble at all.
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June 10, 2012 1:47:07 PM

Thank you very much :) 
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