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friend of mine wants to build a new computer. he plays star craft 2 and WoW and similar games. nothing too intense. he has no interest in overclocking but he does stream videos and i know he had a raid setup at one point so he might be interested in more storage options.

im torn between which processor/chipset to get him. i know AMD's FX6300 or even an APU (my friend will be using a discrete video card, so i feel the APU would be a waste) could be a good choice but since he will not be OCing, they are considerably slower than an i5 3470 or even an i3 3220 in some applications and are very close to each other in games

as far as chipsets, he would be ok with a 990X or 990FX for AMD but for intel im not sure. i think the Z77 might be unnecessary because he doesnt want to OC at all. the H77 seems to be a good option. ive also seen B75 and Q77 but i know little about these. Q series seems to be for business applications and the B series seems to be a super low cost option with only 8 PCIe lanes and no rapid storage technology for RAID.

i know the rest of his rig will be 4 or 8gb of RAM, probably a 7850 or similar video card and a HDD or two (RAID possibly) and maybe a SSD at some point.
    
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Difficult to sort priorities but either I3 3220 or an I5 would suit.
Personally for the $40 difference between a non overclockiking I5 and an I5 3570K, ddepends on the budget.
B75 Gigabyte is a very good board at $73-82.55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128555
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128579
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116775
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116782
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115233

2X4 GB RAM on sale
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So your friend won't be overclocking, and may do a RAID setup? Do you know if he wants to do SLI/CFX with 2 video cards ever or not? If he is only going run 1 video card, then a H77 motherboard would fit the bill perfectly, otherwise he'd need a Z77 for running 2 video cards.

Assuming that he's only going to run 1 video card, here's a suitable CPU/MOBO combo:

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470
MOBO: Gigabyte GA-H77M-D3H
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sorry for not being clear. just trying to get info on different chipsets so i have more information for him and get some example CPU/mobo combinations.

he does not want to overclock. i do not think he will ever want dual video cards. he has had RAID setups in the past and i want his new computer to be capable of running that setup again if he wishes

looks like the H77 and Z77 boards arent that differently priced and start only $20 more than the very limited B75 boards

for the best performance today and for a low price i like:

i3 3220 $129
Asrock Z77 Pro3 $89

maybe bump up to the 3470 with that board if he is ok with the price increase.
    
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Intel Q6600 G0 Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3R Sapphire 7870 2gb Crucial Ballistix 4x1gb 
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Razer Naga Standard Mouse Pad Polk 2.1 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
WD Blue 320gb Sony Optiarc DVDRW Corsair H50 Windows 7 Ultimate x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
LG 22" L226W (1680x1050) Logitech Standard w/ Media Controls Seasonic M12D 850w Coolermaster 690 II 
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Razer Naga Standard Mouse Pad Polk 2.1 
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