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January 11, 2013 6:28:31 PM

hey guys, my current computer is getting old
e8400 3.6ghz
gtx560ti sli
780 xfx mobo
800w silent pro gold coolermaster psu
6gb ram
h100 water cooling unit corsair

my cpu is holding me back, im looking at getting new mobo, ram, and cpu (hopefully the rest will still be good.)

am looling at an intel i5 3rd gen,

but i dont know what chiip set to get (H77, Z77 H65......)????? i heard some dont support sli which i need as i have an sli setup and dont really want to fork out mor for a gtx660 or higher.

any recomendations (prefer xfx/evga) but anything will do

cheers for any help guys.. cam ...

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January 11, 2013 10:01:16 PM

Well, you didn't talk about money... So I'll i'll try to guide you in mid/high range.

Get a Z77 motherboard (overclocking friendly and needed for SLI/Crossefire). I don't know if all Z77 motherboards are SLI and Crossefire Certified (the chipset is capable of, but I do think they need Nvidia and AMD certification), so make sure it's clearly stated in the specs...

If you look in mid/high range Z77, look at MSI Z77A at least the GD45. I have the GD65 and it's a really nice motherboard. For a Gigabyte equivalent, look for UD4 or more. Asrock Extreme 4 is recommended by many forum users, so I suppose it's nice too. EVGA have only FTW edition which is, to me, overpriced.

For the CPU, if you can afford it, the 3570k is the best i5 CPU. Unlocked multi and performant.

With 8GB of DDR3 1600, 16GB if you can, this would be a nice upgrade.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-GD65 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($160.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $410.96
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-11 18:53 EST-0500)


This would be my pick.


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January 11, 2013 10:28:12 PM

honestly even a Z68+ 2500k would be a huge step up for you
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January 11, 2013 10:58:24 PM

yea i was looking at that about 1 year ago but gave up on it, i researched all the chip sets and made my mind p, now theres a hole lot more chip sets.

seems dumb that brand new chip sets cant support sli( old as tech)
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January 11, 2013 11:40:32 PM

I don't think you would need to change the RAM, maybe add another stick if there's an open slot. Get a Z77 chipset if you're overclocking, I would recommend the AsRock Z77 Extreme3 if you're on a budget. I agree with the i5-3570k, should last quite a while before becoming outdated.
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January 12, 2013 7:05:05 PM

INTEL CORE I5 3570K IVY BRIDGE 3.40GHZ 6MB 77W LGA1155

ASROCK Z77 EXTREME4 INTEL Z77 MOTHERBOARD
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GIGABYTE G1 SNIPER M3 INTEL Z77 IVY BRIDGE MOTHERBOARD

CORSAIR CML8GX3M2A1600C9 VENGEANCE LP 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9

is what i think i might go with, (my current ram is only ddr2)

does this look good? not sure on what mobo tho.
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January 13, 2013 1:23:08 AM

I prefer AsRock, just my opinion. Looks good.
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