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
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)
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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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.