Hey, the names Austin, I am upgrading my motherboard processor and RAM and I have some ideas and questions I know you guys love to talk about and answer!
My current system is a Lan Party DK 790FX board, with a AMD phenom x4 black edition 9850 processor running at 2.9gHz, 2.5 stock. Its got 4GB of RAM that's all sorts of horrible. lol.
The other components are a crucial M4 ssd, 1 TB hardrive, 650W Corsair Power Supply, a cooler master Hyper 212 Plus CPU cooler, and a GTX 560 Graphics card. NZXT Phantom full tower.
I'm thinking about going with the i7 Sandy Bridge 2600k.
ASUS open box motherboard Z77 premium
G.SKILL Trident X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2400 (PC3 19200)
First question is this RAM the best for the money, and will it be easy to get it to run at 2400 with the Sandy Bridge?
2nd is the ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe the best value for the money at $197.00 compared to its $284.00 normal price tag?
I'm getting another ssd drive with this purchase most likely as well and i was thinking about OCZ vertex 3 120 gb right now because its discounted right now and i have heard good things. Is this a good choice? or is there way better?
Overkill. Get the i5-3570K, and 8GB of 1600 RAM. 2400 makes NO difference. That's a really good price for the ASUS P8Z77. However, with the money you save from going to an i5, get the Sabertooth Z77. The Vertex3 isn't as good as the Vertex 4 or Crucial M4.
1: id get a i5 3570k instead of a 2600k. i5s perform the same as i7s in games and sometimes, i5s beat the i7s.
2: no point of a premium board. just get something cheap like a gigabyte z77x-ud3h. unless the premium board is cheaper than that, i wouldnt get it. if you want to though, the deluxe board that you said looks mighty tasty
3:the faster ram is useless. it also damages your memory controller slowly given the higher voltage spec. get something cheap like gskill ares 1600mhz 2x4gb cl9 at newegg for 44.99
dont think about ocz vertex 3s. they are fast but they are not reliable. get another m4 or a samsung 830