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

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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  1. Best answer
    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.
  2. Whoa, I had no idea that site existed. Rad.
  3. 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.
  4. What's the key difference between Z77 and B75?


  5. 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.
  6. Best answer selected by kwhitejr.
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