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Upgrade under 700€ (aprox 950$)

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February 5, 2013 9:54:36 AM

Hi, I wish to upgrade my build (aprox 4-5 years old)
My main aim is programming and gaming, but also reduce the budget to what is effectively needed, so what I would immediately appreciate or what would make this build life considerably longer
I don't need a graphic card, I've recently upgraded it and still can run everything I wish to play at good resolution. My main issues with my actual build are loading time, low RAM and generic slowness of OS
After upgrading I also might need to move to solid state HDD for OS

Approximate Purchase Date: next week
Budget Range: Under 700€/950$ After Shipping
System Usage from Most to Least Important: programming, basic graphical design, gaming. Fast startup and responsiveness are major features for me
Are you buying a monitor: No
Parts to Upgrade: CPU (+ cooler), mobo, RAM, PSU, optionally solid state SSD (don't count it in the total 700€)
Do you need to buy OS: No
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: eprice.it (no shipping costs), amazon.uk, anything else that ships to Italy
Location: Italy
Parts Preferences: Intel CPU (I need a specific feature for virtualization of Apple OSs that is guaranted only on intel CPUs)
Overclocking: No
SLI or Crossfire: NO
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: NetBeans, Photoshop, Skyrim, X-Com, VMPlayer running Lion OSX are surely the most used programs. My case has the pwr supplie on the bottom, so I will need one with long cable
Why Are You Upgrading: Because my work laptop has become faster than my home PC, and that's quite unacceptable


Following guides and forum posts I already indicatively selected some parts (they link eprice.it, I'm not sure that it has an english version, but these prices are shipment free for me):

CPU
INTEL Processore Core i5-3570K (Ivy Bridge) Quad-Core 3,40 Ghz Socket LGA 1155 Moltiplicatore Sbloccato (217,99€/294,92$)

I also found this CPU, for almost half the price. What would be the catch? What's the most cost/value between this options?
INTEL - Processore Core i3-3220 (Ivy Bridge) Dual-Core 3,30 Ghz Socket LGA 1155 TDP 55 Watt (109,99€/148,81$)

CPU
INTEL Processore Core i5-3570K (Ivy Bridge) Quad-Core 3,40 Ghz Socket LGA 1155 Moltiplicatore Sbloccato (217,99€/294,92$)

I also found this CPU, for almost half the price. What would be the catch? What's the most cost/value between this options?
INTEL - Processore Core i3-3220 (Ivy Bridge) Dual-Core 3,30 Ghz Socket LGA 1155 TDP 55 Watt (109,99€/148,81$)

Motherboard
ASROCKMotherboard Z77 Extreme4 socket LGA 1155 chipset Intel Z77 ATX (122,99€/166,39$)

I found these two lower cost alternatives, that would seem to suit me as well, but I didn't found reccomended anywhere. What would I loose chosing one of these?
ASROCKMotherboard Z77 Pro 4 socket LGA 1155 chipset Intel Z77 ATX (101,49€/137,31$)
ASROCKMotherboard Z77 Pro3 socket LGA 1155 chipset Intel Z77 ATX (83,99€/113,63$)

CPU Cooler
COOLERMASTERDissipatore per CPU Hyper 212 EVO per Intel Socket LGA 1366/1156/1155/775 e AMD FM1 / AM3+ / AM3 / AM2+ / AM2 (32,89€/44,50$)

RAM
Can't really tell the difference between these two:
CORSAIRMemoria Dimm Vengeance Blue 8 Gb (2x4 Gb) ddr3 1600 Mhz Unbuffered CL9 (52,29€/70,74$)
CORSAIRMemoria Dimm Vengeance Blue 8 Gb (2x4 Gb) ddr3 Dual Channel 1600 MHz CL9 Low Profile Unbuffered (52,29€/70,74$)

PSU
I would like to spend less for PSU, but I also want to be quite sure that I'm buying a reliable and efficient product
CORSAIRAlimentatore 750 Watt Serie CX CX750 ATX 80 Plus Bronze (87,29€/118,09$)

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February 5, 2013 10:51:36 AM

Noob12 said:
Here is what you should buy and where.

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No need for video card? What case do you have?


These are very good prices compared to what I found. Also I wasn't able to find a PSU both 80 plus and modular, not to mention at that price.

I'll just need to check mobo/graphic card and mobo/case compatibility (the card takes a lot of space)
the card is a SAPPHIRE TECHNOLOGY RADEON HD 6850 - 1 GB GDDR5 - PCI-EXP (very good value/price last april)
the case is a CoolerMaster RC690
February 5, 2013 11:34:50 AM

Thanks for the advice. This would be the first time I will mount the CPU cooler myself, so I'm not used to these problems.
The case seem spacious enough, anything else I should pay attention to?
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February 5, 2013 12:16:00 PM

Noob12 said:
Not to my knowledge. Everything would have to now work properly together.

Maybe if you want to be 110% sure. H-77 MoBo or Z-77 MoBo is always good choice.
They are newer.

This is great MoBo for any 1155 CPU.
http://www.mindfactory.de/product_info.php/info/p794721...

And then you can get that 1866MHz memory kit too. Or even up to 2400MHz if you like.

http://www.mindfactory.de/product_info.php/info/p800729...


I think I will, I like the extra sata/pci of this mobo

thank you very much
February 5, 2013 1:32:41 PM

I tried to purchase, but unluckily mindfactory.de won't ship to Italy. Do you know of any other online shop that could have these products at similar prices? I've tried my regular ones but I can't find the same model for CPU and PSU
!