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Hey guys, So thinking of just revamping my PC, Solved an issue causing stuttering (turned out SSD is going bad) SO I had thought about switching from AMD to INTEL - Seems intel lasts longer by comparison I guess.
Current Build:
Phenom II 6X 1090T
Hyper 212 plus cooler
Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3
4x4 GB Corsair Vengence RAM 9-9-9-24
Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 Ghz 2GB edition http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814125418

700W Thermaltake PSU
Kingston Hyper X 3K SSD (240 GB) RMAing for a new one
1TB Western digital for Logical
And we can skip the rest of junk

*Note on use. Primarily this is for gaming, internet browsing, sometimes video movies, youtube, Microsoft office. Not many application software that needs much. I am not an over clocker and when it comes to games, I do like to play them at mostly max settings although I dont really ever push AA and all that up, usually just the details and stuff. I play FPS mainly with some RPG stuff thrown in. But below are my thoughts for use with building a different one.

CPU: Intel i5 3570K - I keep hearing this is one of the best because of the Ivy bridge. I want a CPU that will last and do well for gaming since with AMD I dont really need 6-8 cores.

Cooling: since I already have four case fans I will probably stick with the Hyper 212 plus, unless someone can really convince me to go water cooled. I just dont OC and the risk of it leaking always scares the tar out of me. Although I did find computer insurance that I might put on it. the cost for piece of mind may be worth it.

MOBO: not wholly sure about this one, I've heard that there is little to no difference in the "gaming" mobo vs. normal. I am up for suggestions on this one. Was looking at GA-Z77x-UDH3. when compared to the z77 sabertooth, I just dont see any real differences. And honestly Im not going to overclock with maximum intent

RAM: thinking of sticking with the RAM I have, Corsair vengeance is good and at 16GB I dont think I will need more anytime soon. Latency is decent for me

GPU: Really thinking hard about this, I heard that Nvidia works best with Intel whereas AMD works best with Radeon. Paid out $250 for the 7870 last month. Not sure how well it will work in the system. I know its not as powerful as the two Im eyeballing: MSI GTX 660ti or the GTX 670 FTW. I keep hearing really good things about the 670 FTW model. Both are better than the 7870 and smaller which is a plus, Dang AMD card takes up way too much space. Im not going to SLI crossfire or link two cards together, too much cash for little performance boost
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814130787
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814127696

Looking at downgrading PSU to a 650W but might go 850 because of the decibels. Both are Corsair:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817139011
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817139005

I like modular, I just want it to be quiet. I hate hearing fans going loud. I keep my case fans at 50% and dont have issues with cooling

Keeping the SSD Hard drive set up, just will use the replacement from kingston, (not really a fan of them but it was a decent one compared to samsung 830 840 at the time)

That is pretty much it in a shell. I am open to suggestions and comments of all type for feedback.
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3570K is the current top choice for gamers that aren't filthy rich.

Hyper 212+ is fine. You can run the fan on the lowest settings in BIOS.

Z77 is the top end chipset for that CPU and is a good choice. More expensive motherboards usually gives you more bells/whistles (if you need them) and a bit better overclocking. That said, even cheap Z77 motherboards can overclock and are feature filled with SATA 6Gb/s, USB 3.0, PCIe 3.0, etc. If you think you might get serious about overclocking, then you may want to make sure the motherboard supports voltage adjustments, since sometimes the absolute cheapest Z77 boards do not. Still not a reason to buy an expensive board, but I'm just saying the most bargain basement may not be the best choice. There are plenty in the $120-150 range that are quite nice. ASRock often gives a lot of features for the buck in that range.

Yes, your RAM is fine. Just know that Intel CPUs do not like super high voltages. Best bet is to run the RAM at 1.5v. If it is rated higher, you may have to run at a lower speed. The good thing is that Intel CPUs aren't super impacted by RAM speeds.

If you want a smaller card, Nvidia is the way to go right now. Have you considered doing your upgrade but sticking with your existing card for now? It is possible that 3D gaming performance goes up due to the faster CPU, depending on the game. AFAIK there is no truth to which brand works better with which CPU.

Why not keep your existing PSU? Is there something wrong with it? If you HAVE to get a new PSU, know that a single GTX 670 and a 3570K will probably only use around 350W MAX. So, going with a 450W-550W PSU is already a bit of overkill. One possibility is the Rosewill Capstone series. They often go on sale and are made by Super Flower. Good quality, quiet, cheap, 5 year warranty. Don't get too caught up on buying such and such exact PSU. Plenty of good ones on the market. Just buy the one that is on sale.
Main home rig
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i5-3570K ASRock Z77E-ITX GeForce GTX 670 8GB Samsung DDR3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Intel 330 240GB SSD, Crucial M4 256GB mSATA SSD... Samsung DVDRW CoolIt Eco Windows 7 Home Premium x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung 305T Plus, Dell 2005FPW Cooler Master QuickFire Pro mechanical keyboard Rosewill Capstone 450W Lian Li PC-Q11B 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Logitech MX518 Allsop Metal Onkyo TX-SR505 receiver, Polk bookshelf speaker... 
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Main home rig
(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i5-3570K ASRock Z77E-ITX GeForce GTX 670 8GB Samsung DDR3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Intel 330 240GB SSD, Crucial M4 256GB mSATA SSD... Samsung DVDRW CoolIt Eco Windows 7 Home Premium x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung 305T Plus, Dell 2005FPW Cooler Master QuickFire Pro mechanical keyboard Rosewill Capstone 450W Lian Li PC-Q11B 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Logitech MX518 Allsop Metal Onkyo TX-SR505 receiver, Polk bookshelf speaker... 
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