Ok, so originally, we were both planning on getting i5 2500k and seeing who could overclock farther. But, he broke his hand last week, and as a result of the hospital bill, that is out of the question.
So, right now, he has the case, heatsink, keyboard & mouse, and ram.
Budget for the rest of the build needs to be around roughly $350. Yes, I understand that is a stretch, but here's the good thing: He will be going to an i5 later, so he just needs a 1155 starter. But it can't be crap, he actually has to use the build for right now lol.
Btw, no graphics card needed. Will be doing that later.
OR, if you think an AMD build would be easier, he said he would consider it.
reason why i went with this
1)uses a newer CPU that has a better onboard video than i5 2500k
2)uses less power than i5 2500k
3)(bit of a con) will not overclock as high as i5 2500k(but clock per clock it is faster than i5 2500k)
4)it is only a bit more than what you are about to get anyways which is z75 pro3+i5 2500k which is about $207(@ superbiiz)+$87(@newegg) that comes out into$209
this combo is $307(free shipping on newegg) and it adds the SSD cache feature that is not available to z75 boards(meaning it will help with some speeds)
Honestly, I don't see the point of getting a z77, cuz the only thing you are getting different from the z75 is the Intel SSD thing, which neither him nor I need. Its the mobo I'm using as well, with an SSD, and he already thinks my system boots faster than the speed of light lol.