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Approximate Purchase Date: this week

Budget Range: 500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (1st person shooter, RPG)

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: Mobo,CPU, RAM, GPU

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon

Location: Riverside RI USA

Parts Preferences: Intel

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920X1080

Ok so I've decided on i5 3750k CPU.

Samsung Extreme Low Voltage 30nm UDIMM 8 Dual Channel Kit DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM MV-3V4G3D/US.

I can get both CPU and RAM on Amazon for $262.

Still cant decide on mobo and if I should upgrade GPU now or later. Was kicking around the idea of the ASUS Sabertooth Z77 TUF board but that would take me to my price limit.

GPU I have is 2X EVGA 9600GT SLI

I have an Antec 900 case, V6 GT, Rosewill xtream RX850-S-B , Seagate 1T HDD, WD 150G Raptor. I am running Windows 7 64bit Ultimate.
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  1. Sounds like you've got most of it sorted. I'd get the Asus P8Z77-V Pro: http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-Intel-Motherboard-P8Z77-V-PRO/dp/B007G51UV0

    $210 on Amazon and has all the features you could want.

    That looks like the only thing you want to upgrade... but I'll throw in the CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO CPU cooler for $35 for looks and performance: http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-212-RR-212E-20PK-R2/dp/B005O65JXI/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1344033102&sr=1-1&keywords=hyper+212+evo
  2. What about ASrock Z77 extreme4?
  3. That's a good board too. I just personally prefer Asus MBs.

    The only feature that the Asus has that the Asrock doesn't (at a quick glance) is built-in WiFi support, so if you don't need that then the Asrock board will work perfectly for you.
  4. ^ The isn't quite worth the premium of $200 when a decent usb wifi adapter is only $20 and the Asrock performs the same pretty much in all benches.

    Get the 7850. You'll see a huge perofrmance increase.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150617
    Not only that you can overclock the 7850 to the performance of a GTX 580 EASY. Many guides online just do a quick google.

    Go with the Asrock Extreme4 Z77. Solid board for the price.
  5. Ok so Iwent to Microcenter today and picked up i5 3750K, Samsung Extreme Low Voltage 30nm UDIMM 8 Dual Channel Kit DDR3 1600, Asrock z77 Extreme4.
    Now I'm looking at Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 at Amazon $299.99 $15 rebate and I have $150 in gift cards, so my out of pocket will be $134.99. Total build $496
  6. Very nice!
  7. So I'm now looking and I can get Sapphire 7870OC for $313 and Asus HD7870 for $268. Is the factory OC worth $45?
  8. No it's not even close. Get the Asus and OC it yourself, it's really easy to OC yourself.
  9. ASUS should be here by wednesday.So far CPU clocked to 4.4G. Max temp after running Prime 95 for 8 hours was 70C. Going to try to OC RAM to 2400 today.
  10. My system is up and running. I set my memory back to default because I've read that there is no point for gaming. After testing for stability I ran PCMark 11. These are my results.
    http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l482/byfert/PCMark.jpg
    Are these numbers acceptable?
  11. Best answer
    Looks about right! Good job!
  12. After some tweeking. I think I'll leave it here.
    http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l482/byfert/3dmark2.jpg
  13. Best answer selected by byf.
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