Budget Upgrade - CPU/MOBO/RAM!

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 twitch.tv 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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  1. Mobo, there are cheaper Z77/75 boards than that P67. Would suggest something like: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157296

    Cpu, would suggest Ivy Bridge Unlocked i5. Better clock for clock.

    No complains on ram.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. Also been comparing the gtx 650's to the radeon 7770's and comparing 7770's
    The GTX 650's just might not be enough for me.
    $150 GPU

  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. gpu benchs

    5770 vs 7770 http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/538?vs=536&
    5770 vs gtx 560 http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/538?vs=543&
    5770 vs gtx 660 ti http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/538?vs=647&

    would have spend around $300 to double performance.

    Unless I am missing something.
  8. The ASRock z77 boards allow you to use a LGA 775 heatsink, I'll keep the CM Gemini II.
    I just can't decide on one of these z77 boards...
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