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$500: Best set of MOBO, CPU, memory for gaming

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November 20, 2012 5:40:05 AM

Hello All,

I'm thinking about updating my gaming rig during the holiday season if I can spot some good deals. I will be able to cannibalize parts from my current system, as follows:

GPU: Sapphire 7870 OC
PSU: Corsair 650W
HDD
Case

So I'm looking for the following parts primarily for gaming. I'd like to stay as close to $500 as possible, but there's some cushion. Also, although I enjoy building I don't often overclock of my own accord, so no need to factor that in.
CPU
Motherboard
Memory
Cooling (?)

Thanks for any the suggestions. Cheers

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November 20, 2012 5:51:36 AM

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/7wKV

with a $500 budget, i don't see why you shouldn't grab a 3570K, whether or not you're interested in OCing. doesn't hurt to have options. otherwise;

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/os8e

lose the Hyper212, and/or grab a B75 board if you feel like it.
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November 20, 2012 6:02:36 AM

Whoa, I had no idea that site existed. Rad.
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November 20, 2012 6:10:23 AM

go crazy. as i said, for your budget, no reason not to grab a 3570K + a quality Z77 board of your choice, unless you really wanna save up.
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November 20, 2012 6:18:06 AM

What's the key difference between Z77 and B75?
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November 20, 2012 6:29:00 AM



Overclocking capability, no. of PCIe/PCI, Sata III, USB3.0's, Smart response Technology.

the H77 is basically the Z77 without OCing feature. the B75 is a budget board, so don't expect the same build quality as an H77/Z77 board in most cases.
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November 30, 2012 3:26:40 AM

Best answer selected by kwhitejr.
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