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Upgrading on a budget - Need some advice

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Hello,

I think I have my heart set on Intel so I won't bother going with AMD unless someone can give me a better solution for my needs. I do some gaming, mostly enjoy the Battlefield series but I also do a lot of digital art and painting in Photoshop and Mudbox.

I'm looking to only spend about $120 max and I'm having trouble deciding on a decent mobo to run with the Intel Quad Core i5-3570K 3.4 GHz. After I purchase the CPU, all I need is the RAM (Corsair Vengeance 8 GB - Unless someone has a better idea).

And then of course the mobo. I only have need for 1 PCI Express slot for my sound card and at least 1 SATA3 slot for my 120GB Samsung SSD 840 EVO. I have an option for another Radeon HD 6800 Series card so I may use Crossfire as well.

I've been looking on Amazon since I wanted to take advantage of Prime.

Any advice is appreciated. Thanks.
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MSI Z77A-G45 wink.gif

Dont get Corsair RAM, they have a massive failure rate. Samsung is the best RAM or get Patriot, Crucial.
Edited by garikfox - 11/4/13 at 10:39am
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Wow, I think that board just might do it. Thanks! Another question though, taking your advice on the RAM and looking at this one here: http://www.amazon.com/Patriot-Extreme-Performance-Viper-PV38G160C9K/dp/B008LTJJM2/ref=sr_1_5?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1383590740&sr=1-5

I'm assuming Memory Speed enhances performance? This one has 1600 Mhz which seems to be the norm, however, I am noticing another with 2133. Are these numbers really gratifying in the end for the extra $$$?
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Yes thats good RAM smile.gif

I myself stay within Ivy Bridge specs and keep my RAM at 1600mhz.

Going from 1600mhz to 2133 isnt all that great, There was a benchmark I saw that had 1866 about the same as anything above it.

When you get RAM make sure its 1.5v, Ivy Bridge specs require 1.5v RAM which that RAM is but just letting you know. wink.gif
Edited by garikfox - 11/4/13 at 11:13am
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Yes thats good RAM smile.gif

I myself stay within Ivy Bridge specs and keep my RAM at 1600mhz.

Going from 1600mhz to 2133 isnt all that great, There was a benchmark I saw that had 1866 about the same as anything above it.

When you get RAM make sure its 1.5v, Ivy Bridge specs require 1.5v RAM which that RAM is but just letting you know. wink.gif

Great to know! Thanks for all your help. +REP
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Your welcome wink.gif
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