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New medium range gaming rig

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July 6, 2012 7:07:22 AM

I'm currently in the process of making a new computer using an old hard drive or two and buying everything else... The only part I've become iffy over is the video card. I was solidly behind getting an AMD 7770 because I've had a 4850 for the past four or five years and it's never given me problems, or the problems I have had were due to me mucking about with updating drivers and the like. Anyway, I'm now considering a 550Ti in the $110-129 range. Oh, I already bought the processor and it's en route, but everything else is still just sitting in a wait list.

Case: Rosewill Thor V2
Processor: Intel Core i5 3450 Processor 3.1 Ghz 4 Core
Mobo:ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Video Card: (currently in cart) HIS iCooler H777F1G2M Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16
RAM: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
PSU: Well, I bought it about four years ago, and it's a Corsair 750W - can't remember anything else.

Oh, and I'm considering EVGA 01G-P3-1556-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) FPB 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16
Any advice/opinions/FYIs would be most appreciated!
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July 6, 2012 8:30:16 AM

Stick with the 7770, its a tier above the 550 Ti. Otherwise, looks good.

Edit: I just realized something. Make sure that the Extreme3 board is already at the newest BIOS, otherwise you won't be able to use that CPU with it. Needs to have BIOS version P2.10. If you get the board and its not at the newest BIOS, you will need a SB processor installed to get access to upgrade the BIOS. Might be better off switching that board straight for ASRock's Extreme 4, which is specifically for the new Ivy Bridge processors (like the one you picked).
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