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August 3, 2012 10:13:44 PM

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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August 4, 2012 11:50:08 AM

What about ASrock Z77 extreme4?
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August 4, 2012 9:31:51 PM

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.
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a c 91 B Homebuilt system
August 4, 2012 9:37:01 PM

^ 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=N82E168...
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.
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August 4, 2012 10:30:55 PM

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
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August 5, 2012 12:27:09 AM

Very nice!
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August 5, 2012 10:35:09 PM

So I'm now looking and I can get Sapphire 7870OC for $313 and Asus HD7870 for $268. Is the factory OC worth $45?
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a c 91 B Homebuilt system
August 6, 2012 12:07:52 AM

No it's not even close. Get the Asus and OC it yourself, it's really easy to OC yourself.
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August 12, 2012 1:00:12 PM

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.
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a c 91 B Homebuilt system
August 18, 2012 9:51:36 PM

Looks about right! Good job!
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September 2, 2012 3:08:31 PM

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