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Need Upgrade Advice - VGA, MOBO, ETC $700 Budget

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Last response: in Systems
March 18, 2013 4:53:32 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: this week (the closer the better)

Budget Range: $700 After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Movies, Music

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: I'd like to upgrade MOBO, Video Card, whatever else fits in my budget. See current setup link below.

Do you need to buy OS: I believe I have my windows 7 license floating around somewhere.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Wherever cheapest, pref newegg.

Location: Reno, Nevada

Parts Preferences: Prefer to stay Intel, always preferred Nvidia over Radeon, but I heard the Radeon cards have been better bang for your buck.

Overclocking: Possibly

SLI or Crossfire: In the future possibly, but not now.

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Additional Comments: Here is the link of my current setup.
I received this from a contest I won from my Local Best buy back in 2011.

I recently switched cases to about 4 months back.

Also, I swapped out my power supply for my old one which was a Thermal Take 650w Bronze rated one I had in my previous PC.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My motherboard is a POS, and I think its taking a dump. I also am just ready to upgrade my graphics card to get better performance additionally anything in my price range.

Here is what I am looking at so far:

I like that motherboard because I get another stick of memory on top of the current 8GB i have right now.

Also, I am open to suggestions on what else to upgrade/buy within my price range?

Some may recall I did post a thread a week ago or so with very little info. I am not interested in selling and rebuilding, i'd rather just replace piece by piece with what I have. Thanks for your time.

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March 18, 2013 11:35:45 PM

PCPartPicker part list:
Price breakdown by merchant:

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 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($315.91 @ Newegg)
Total: $685.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-19 02:35 EDT-0400)
March 19, 2013 9:00:53 AM

Is it going to make that big of a difference if I change to the i5?