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Time for an Update - $300-$450 AUD (Gaming)

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June 27, 2012 6:21:57 AM

Hey all,

Just looking to upgrade my current system for some more gaming (Total War RTSs, eventually ArmA III, etc). Currently have:

- E6550 (2.33ghz C2D)
- 2GB DDR2
- HD 4850 Gold Edition
- 500W PSU

I'm thinking a 1155-socket mobo, i.e. the GA-H77M-D3H, so I can overclock some time later, even if the next CPU can't overclock, the one after will (I.e. an i3-2100 now, but getting an i5-2500k in a while).

I don't need a case, or a PSU, but need Mobo, RAM, CPU, and possibly GPU (if it's worth the upgrade), a CD drive, and a 2TB HDD. A great site to use in Australia is mwave.com.au, which is what I use. Any help with getting the upgrade into the $300-450 mark would be awesome.

Regards,
- HateDread.
a c 136 B Homebuilt system
a b K Overclocking
a b 4 Gaming
June 27, 2012 6:27:59 AM

you cant OC on an H77 motherboard .

You need Z77 or Z68
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July 4, 2012 12:10:45 AM

Alright, well, with that in mind, does anybody have any suggestions for this build? As future-proof as possible, please :) 
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July 4, 2012 1:19:17 AM

Okay, it's a little more than I wanted to spend, but how about this (plus my current HD 4850 and PSU/Case);

Lite-On iHAS324 Internal Optical Drive - 24x12x8x /24x12x6x/12x + 48x24x48x, DVDRW, CDRW - SATA -
$22.00

Intel Core i5 2500K Unlocked Quad Core Processor - Socket LGA1155 - 3.3GHz (Turbo Boost @ 3.7GHz) - 4x 256KB L2 & 6MB L3 Cache - Intel HD Graphics - Sandy Bridge - 32nm - TDP 95W - Fan - Retail Box (BX80623I52500K)
$225.00

Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 3.5" 2TB SATA 6.0Gb/s 7200RPM 64MB Hard Drive (HDD) (ST2000DM001)
$118.00


Gigabyte GA-Z77MX-D3H Motherboard - Intel Z77 Chipset - Socket 1155 - 4x 1.5V DDR3 DIMM Socket - 1x PCIe x16 3.0, 1x PCIe x16 (x8 mode), 1x PCIe x16 (x4 mode) 1x PCIe x1 - AMD CrossFireX/ NVIDIA SLI Ready - 1x DVI, 1x VGA, 1x HDMI Outputs - 2x SATA3, 4x SATA2 RAID - Up to 10x USB 2.0 & Up to 4x USB 3.0 - Gigabit LAN - 7.1HD Audio - Micro ATX
$127.00

G.Skill Ripjaws 8GB(2x 4GB) Memory Kit - PC3-10666 (1333MHz) DDR3 - 240-pin DIMM - Timing 9-9-9-24-2N - Unbuffered - Non-ECC (F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL)
$55.00

Total: $550.

Will this board support the i5 2500k OC?
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