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Budget Upgrade - CPU/MOBO/RAM!

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September 15, 2012 11:49:53 PM

Want to upgrade CPU / MOBO / RAM (8 gigs Max) / GPU if possible. Currently Radeon 5770...
$500 / $500 max limit.

Bit out of touch on the latest hardware, researching and learning as much as possible.
Hardcore gamer and would like to stream @ 720p on using FFsplit. From FPS CS:GO/DOD:S to RTS - Starcraft 2 etc.
Low - Med. settings, nothing insane. But would like to have the option of running high when not streaming.
Also do a bit of video editing, 3d level design and photoshop.

Newegg just had a sale on z77 boards that came with free gskill 8gig ram for $134. Should I look/wait for these deals? Or is it not worth it?

Open to anything suggestions right now...

Mobo - looking for something standard, nothing to fancy. z77?

CPU - I've read quite a bit on here about i7's vs i5's or would AMD be better, I'm stumped.

Ram - It's pretty cheap! 8 gig max should do. Add 8 more later down the road.

GPU - The new gtx 660's or 650's look great.

I've talked to a couple people that stream, and they said it's more a solid mobo and cpu than it is a gpu for streaming.

Thanks again for the help I need it!

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September 16, 2012 5:53:36 AM

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77-DS3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard

Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory

Video Card: GeForce GTX 650 1GB Video Card / Radeon HD 7770

Total: About $500

If you are not going to overclock drop the heatsink, and go for a non K processor (i5-3570) and get an H77 motherboard. Then put the extra money to a better GPU such as Radeon HD 7850 or GeForce 660.
September 16, 2012 8:09:13 AM

I looked at everything thanks so much! How did I miss the ASRock Z77 Pro4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77? Has Xfast 555 and DDR3 2800+(OC). The DDR3 2800 will be nice in the future. Right now that ram is out of stock or $270 - $600...

100% will be OCing the CPU so need a K. :D 
Only i5 3570k Ivy on newegg I can find.

Pretty much the same, except the 3570k has Dual-channel DDR3 Memory Controller supports DDR3-1333 and DDR3-1600 memory. Is that worth the extra $25?
$204.99 vs $229.99 Will this really help my memory? Seems like it would. :D 

My Cooler Master / Gemini II / Socket 775/939/754/AM2 won't fit, which sucks cause I still think it's a badass, with 2 -120's on it!

For the price $130 - $170 range, the new GTX 650's would destroy my radeon 5770!
September 16, 2012 2:04:47 PM

The 7770 would be the one I would choose, its slightly better and cost about the same. Also the i5-3570k is better then the i5-2500k. Because its ivy bridge its 5-10% faster clock for clock and it has more features. If you want to save money though they are only slightly different.
September 17, 2012 12:05:48 AM

Amazon - Intel Core i5-3570k $215.99 +free ship
Amazon - Hyper 212 EVO $32.42 +free ship
Not to sure if Amazon's return policies are better or worse than newegg's

Newegg has better prices on Mobo and the RAM.