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Ok, I am selling sig rig parts and old parts from my closet to fund a Christmas upgrade to my rig and my wifes rig. I already know that I will be purchasing an if3580K and an Asrock ZX7 Pro4-M for my wifes rig (Total is $255 after taxes).

 

Now I am looking at my rig and costs. Do I need the horsepower of a 3770K? Nope, I only do occasionally folding anymore (budget constraints lol) and I do occasional gaming... that said as you can see from my current sig rig - overkill has always been the order of the day within a budget...

 

So I am looking at the following - with  MicroCenter nearby (they opened one in Baltimore Yay!) What would be the best budget combo for overclocking the snot out of the processor under my current water cooling kit, with a reliable mobo for oc'n

 

Should I go i5 3570K and slightly better motherboard? Or should I go i7 3770K with a slightly down budget motherboard. I am also amenable to purchasing a motherboard off Newegg or other location as long as it nets best bang for buck.Current budget is $360ish - I would welcome thoughts and comments above or below that price mark but honestly unlikely to go above it by much more than 5 or 10 dollars.

    
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i5 3570K Gigabyte GA-77X-UD5H IGP Intel HD4000 G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600 
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512gb Crucial M4 & 2x750GB WD Blacks in Raid 0 Lite-On iHAS424-98 Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit Acer G24 24" 2ms@1920x1200 
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i5 3570K Gigabyte GA-77X-UD5H IGP Intel HD4000 G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600 
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512gb Crucial M4 & 2x750GB WD Blacks in Raid 0 Lite-On iHAS424-98 Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit Acer G24 24" 2ms@1920x1200 
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USB Keyboard SILVERSTONE ST1000-P 1000W Case Labs MH10 #1 Logitech Wireless 
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If you're not doing a lot of folding or doing any crazy amounts of rendering, 3570k for sure.
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Crucial M4 64GB SSD Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB Noctua NH-D14 Windows 7 Professional 
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Crucial M4 64GB SSD Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB Noctua NH-D14 Windows 7 Professional 
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Samsung P2370 PC Power & Cooling Silencer MKII 950W Bitfenix Shinobi XL White Yamaha 5.1 (not sure model #'s) 
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