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Final Upgrade Purchases CPU MOBO RAM

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January 30, 2013 4:06:45 AM

I was planning on ordering the last three parts of my build today but I wanted to make sure I was making the right decision.


Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: Whenever the price is right I guess.
Budget Range: $300-400 After shipping and tax
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Games, Movies, streaming, and programming
Are you buying a monitor: No
Parts to Upgrade: CPU MOBO and RAM
Do you need to buy OS: No
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com amazon.com (Free Two day shipping for both) NCIX.com tigerdirect.com
Location: Sacramento, California
Parts Preferences: I can be persuaded if you have a preference. Just tell me why.
Overclocking: Some overclocking whenever I'm bored
SLI or Crossfire: Possibly in the future
Your Monitor Resolution: 1440x900
Why Are You Upgrading: Old machine just needs an upgrade to make me happy :wahoo: 
Additional Comments:

What I plan on getting:
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($82.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.99 @ Newegg)

What I have so far for the build:
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 750GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($107.98 @ Mac Connection)
Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($287.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Zalman Z9 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($75.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1027.46
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-30 00:59 EST-0500)

I'm trying to save some money now since the last few parts are expensive and I just spent 300 on the 660ti today.
Deciding on whether I should switch out for the 3470 instead of the 3570k and see if I could find any better deals on RAM. As far as the mobo goes I don't mind switching it out for a better one but the price of it is what's kept it in my part list.

So, any recommendations for switching out the mobo cpu or mem?
Btw, I don't mind returning the MSI Twin Frozr 660ti I purchased today if it means I could get a more decent or just as decent graphics card online for cheaper.

As always thank you! :) 
January 30, 2013 4:13:34 AM

Get the z77 pro 3 + hyper 212 evo cooler :

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Best Buy)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($42.98 @ Amazon)
Total: $377.51
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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January 30, 2013 4:50:24 AM

I second the ASRock Z77 Pro3 +CM Evo. I use them and I'm very happy with the performance. The pro3 is not to be used for SLI or Crossfire, but most budget buys don't won't do so.

My suggestion is to forget about SLI in the future. If you want to get more out of your system then you should upgrade the monitor to 1920x1080.

As for memory, its easy to find good quality (2x4gb) RAM for $45.
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