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Seeking advice for prebuilt system / 1000-1200$

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September 25, 2012 10:34:34 AM

Im no computer guru, so im seeking some advices for a new PC.

Im buying from

The base is a 1000$ PC:

Cabinet: Cooler Master Elite 430 Midi Tower
PSU: Silver Power SP-SS500 500W PSU ATX 12V V2.2
CPU: Intel® Core i5-3330 Processor Socket-LGA1155
Motherboard: MSI B75MA-P45, Socket-1155 m-ATX
DDR3: Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600MHz 8GB CL9 Kit w/2x 4GB XMS3 modules
GFX: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB GDDR5 PCI-Express 3.0
SSD: Crucial m4 SSD 2.5" 128GB SATA 6 Gb/s (SATA3.0), 500MB/175MB/s

Link for possibly upgrade/downgrades:

So far I heard the PSU is alright.
Im changing the SSD to a Samsung SSD instead.
GFX seems alright.
Picking the ASUS P8Z77-V LX, Socket-1155 ATX, Z77 motherboard instead.
And upgrading CPU to a i5-3550 or i5-3570k cpu.

New price: 1160.59$

My concerns is regarding the cpu and which to choice in relation to the motherboard. As far as I have understood, the 3570k is for OC'ing which "requires the z77 motherboard. But im not really sure I plan on OC'ing, but having the option would be nice and OC'ing might go against the 3 year warrant. So if i only pick the i5-3550, would I also need the z77 motherboard?

What would you PC experts do in my place, anything you would upgrade/downgrade/change, is the PC good for its price? Any advices would be splendid! :-)

Thanks for your time!

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September 27, 2012 12:14:35 AM

Spending $1000 for an upgrade that is NOT an upgrade ?
Why buy obsolete LGA-1155 ? 2011 is out and runs faster memory.
x79 are the new motherboards to "upgrade" to, z77 is a magnet to steal AMD cpu clients going for broke.
October 1, 2012 5:39:52 PM

Well I have AMD athlon 64 3800+ 2,4 ghz, so its a upgrade for me :-)

Went with the i5 3570k, 650 Watt Corsair TX650 V2 and sapphire Radeon HD 7950.

October 5, 2012 2:22:20 AM

If it's done it's done, but you can RMA CPUs.
I was going to suggest i7-3820 no K so no OC, i7-3960K if you have the cash. Might be overbudget, but Z77 boards need OC for RAM too so if you OC everything overall you can run into 2 problems, unstable power or overheating problems with MB or just not handling it.