Help on picking out mobo/cpu/ram gaming pc

Approximate Purchase Date: Next few weeks (2 weeks for sure)

Budget Range: 300-400 USD

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming / Movies / Web / Downloading

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: Motherboard (looking for cheaper but still quality) // CPU // Ram

Do you need to buy OS: no

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg/amazon

Location: US

Parts Preferences: None, just sticking to quality brands.

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: Not sure yet. He has a 20 inch monitor and a 32 inch tv.

I'm helping my buddy rebuild/upgrade his 6 year old IBUYPOWER pc. At first we started to upgrade it but realized a rebuild would be needed. Computer will mainly be just used to gaming and playing things like diablo 3.

He got a good deal on both

GPU - XFX - Ultra Overclock Edition Radeon HD 7770 1GB
PSU - Corsair - Gaming Series 700-Watt ATX Power Supply

and he already has old NZxt case // HD // dvd drive.

Cpu - it seems like the Core i5 3550 or i5 3570K is the best bang for the buck unless I should look at AMD too?

Mobo - cheaper the better, but dont want to cut any corners.

Ram - was putting it off until we figure out what the mobo will be.
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  1. Well, if your friend does not want to overclock, you can just go with a H77 motherboard and the i5-3550.
  2. Looking torwards the

    GIGABYTE GA-H77-DS3H LGA 1155
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128550

    Would I be able to use it if or have trouble, it doesn't have IVY drivers installed off the bat(as the reviews said)? We decided on the 3570k.
  3. If you decidedon the 3570K, make sure to get a Z77 and an aftermarket cooler so you can overclock.
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