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I have $500 to spend on rig upgrades. I've already upgraded to SSD last month, and my GTX 580 is still a decent card. The only sensible upgrade I see now is to switch my platform to Intel. I am going the i5 route because I use my system only for gaming.
I am going to change my MOBO, CPU, RAM, and CPU cooler. I did a little research and I've chosen these (Newegg.com) :

Motherboard>> ASRock Z77 Extreme4 = $115 ($20 off promo code)
CPU>>>>>>>> Intel Core i5-3570K = $230
RAM>>>>>>>> SAMSUNG 8GB DDR3 = $45
CPU Cooler>> Noctua NH-D14 = $84

Total = $474


I have mixed feelings about the ASRock Extreme4, quite a few people here says it has cheap parts. I'm only planning to do a 4.3 - 4.5GH overclock. Is that board good enough or do I have to go with something more expensive like a Z77 MPower?
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post #2 of 7
you could go with a ASROCK Z77 EXTREME3. costs 102 bucks after applying promo code (15% off with promo code MB106, ends 10/6 )

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157330

and don't worry asrock makes good quality motherboards. as for the CPU cooler a Hypermaster 212 Plus is enough.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065
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post #3 of 7
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Hmmmmm so the Hypermaster 212 offers the same level of cooling as the Noctua NH-D14? I already have an older 212 from before 1155 was out.
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post #4 of 7
no those two coolers are not on par with each other, and if your going to be OCing then i wouldnt go with something like the hyper212, but because of aesthetics, i also dont like noctua because they dont match most color schemes, but are great coolers(you could always switch the fans on it lol). ASrock makes good boards, mine has been good to me so far and OC's are fairly easily, mine doesnt have the best of uefi bios but yours might be different.
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Guess I'll stick with what I put in the first post then smile.gif
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What about something like the MSI Z77A-GD55? It should be slightly cheaper then the MPower and meet all of your needs. I have a Z77A-GD65 right now and it's my favorite board out of my past 4 1155 socket boards. Awesome overclocker. The only difference between the 55 and 65 i believe is the difference between 2 way and 3 way cfx/sli
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post #7 of 7
If you're only going for 4.5ghz really I would not bother spending the money on a D14. I'm at 4.6ghz and 1.31volts and my 212 plus keeps my temps maxed at 65c prime 95. As for the motherboard I'd imagine that asrock will be fine for that kind of OC. My board works great as well.
    
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