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August 27, 2012 12:58:48 PM

Dear everyone,

My AMD rig was 4 years old and I’m going to have an update in next month as a gift from my wife for my birthday (of course by my money ). Now I’m building my rigs but I have so many choices to make and it makes my head stop working. During my researching I found Tom’s hardware is a very good communitiy who always support and help a noob like me so I open this topic ask for your help.

I’m not living at US or Euro and I can’t access Newegg or Amazon, the list below is from my local stock which I found had the most reasonable prices (though not so many differences with other shops) and we don’t have other options.
My built is mostly for games and sometime Photoshop and modeling. I will have some OC this will mostly base on CPU choice and my cooler.
What I already have:

CPU: Phenom 2 X4 955 (not BE), Themalright True Spirit 140
Ram: DDR2 1066 Coirsair 2x2 GB
Main: Gigabyte GA-MA790X-UD4P
VGA: ASUS GeForce GTX 560 Ti DIRECT CU II TOP .
PSU: 750W CM silent Pro
Chassis: CM 690
HDD: 2 500gb Raid 0 and 1 2TB HDD.

I have 2 update options below and I need everyone's opinions which one is better?.

1. Change CPU Main and Ram.
I would like to change to Intel I5 3570k + Z77 Sabertooth + 4x2 Gskill RIPJAWS Z 1600 Extreme Series.

This will cost me around:$248.80+ $266.22 +$64.59 = 579.62$ (i will include an SDD later)

2. Chane Mainboard and ramd + one SSD
Main: (Asus M5A97 EVO) or Gigabyte 990XA-UD3 - 4x2 Gskill RIPJAWS Z 1600 Extreme Series + OCZ Vertex 4 128 GB
This will cost me around ($133.97)+$195.69+$64.59+$160.29 = 420.57$

To tell the truth i would like to go the Intel way but I not sure is it the correct way?

Which option can give me better gaming experience and keep me out of update in the future (except GPU)?

One last question between 4 mainboard which prices below, which one you think it most appropriate?

Asus Z77 Sabertooth $266.22
Asus P8Z77-V $203.78
Asus Z77 Maximus V Gene $255.98
Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H $274.16


Sorry for my English, it's not my mother tongue.

Thanks for reading.






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a b B Homebuilt system
August 27, 2012 2:01:05 PM

Intel would be better. Why does the motherboard have to so expensive?
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August 27, 2012 2:10:45 PM

FinneousPJ said:
Intel would be better. Why does the motherboard have to so expensive?


Because that the way our country sell... Price is not follow USA or other market ...
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a b B Homebuilt system
August 27, 2012 2:16:35 PM

No, there are cheaper alternatives like ASRock Pro3 or Gigabyte UD3.
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August 27, 2012 2:53:51 PM

FinneousPJ said:
No, there are cheaper alternatives like ASRock Pro3 or Gigabyte UD3.


Yeah but I personal like asus mainboard, Gigabyte service at my country not really good and Asrock is pretty new with me.
Asrock Pro 4 is 150$
And Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H is $205.74
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a b B Homebuilt system
August 27, 2012 3:01:27 PM

I would go with the ASRock board. The ASUS name isn't worth $100. You can get a SSD with that money.
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August 27, 2012 3:35:35 PM

FinneousPJ said:
I would go with the ASRock board. The ASUS name isn't worth $100. You can get a SSD with that money.


Yeah In fact i even consider AsRock Z77 Extreme4 at 176$. But I thought that because I have an asus VGA so an Asus mainboard is more compatible ...

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August 27, 2012 3:46:50 PM

Besides, I prefer a good products. 200~250$ is an acceptable price with me. However I will take more research about AsRock.

If i have to buy an Board list below which one you could suggest to me ?

Asus Z77 Sabertooth $266.22
Asus P8Z77-V $203.78
Asus Z77 Maximus V Gene $255.98
Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H $274.16
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