After reading the features of the ASRock z77 arent up to the standard of the p67/z68 era, where as the push button overclock ability and the LLC on the gigabyte alternative makes it looks way better.
considering how cheap ram is, go 1600mhz ram, 1333 was just good on the 790i boards back in the day, 1600 is where its @ for that processsor, and if your not OCing dont grab a k series.
RE the Intel 330, the M4 beats it marginally both are about as robust as each other, i would love to spout samsung but they are pricey atm.
With the Case, corsair's 400/450/500/550 cases look ok, new vengence ones are good too, so is the bitfenix shinobi and the NZXT phantoms.
For fans, nexus's arent too bad, but also check out fractal's silent case fans and GELID's fans, have been getting some good reviews/mentions.
OK, this is what im looking at updating the uber comp to...
CPU: Intel Core i5 3570K (4 cores, no HT, stock is better then the 2600k, cheaper, and performs as good, just doesnt OC as hard)
MOBO: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H Motherboard (More robust, easy onboard OCing and one of the best power regulators for LLC)
RAM: Corsair Vengeance CML8GX3M2A1600C9 8GB (8gb 1600mhz and low profile goodness)
SSD: Crucial M4 128gb (bang for buck, until the vertex4 and samsung 830 price drop)
GPU: AMD Radeon HD7850 (Until Keplar's affordable, AMD's price drop means the 7850 is affordable, performance on par with a 570, at the price point of a 560 Ti)
PSU: Yep, HX-620.
notes: SSD wise, the 'new' Samsung 830 drives are some of the best on the market, if you want to splooge on an ssd, get one, also samsung have released 'eco' ram in the states, cheap 1.3v ram that apparently works wonders at 1600mhz and above... i will be keeping an eye out for some...
GPU, i would love to put in a 670, but the 7850 just seems to rock hard, the 570 needs to drop in price to cover this price point, but there should hopefully be a 6XX series card on the scene around November....
mobo, the z77x-d3h allows for sli and crossfire as it has 2 pci-e lanes @ x16 and x8, if your not looking to sli or crossfire the z77-d3h fills that gap, it can crossifre but with a x16 and a x4 lane which wouldnt be much fun. The z77x-ud3h caters more to the OC (lol) crowd, with pci-e power connectors, buttons on the board and on board displayport, so your not missing much considering the price differences between the d3h and the ud3h. ASUS and ASRock z77 boards are nice, the ASRock board is quite good for a budget builder, but i think it needs some room to grow, the Asus is excellent value for money, but you will need more then what the gigabyte is asking for only minimal extra features.
Ram, i went with lowprofiles as K series processor means a cooler upgrade shouldnt be too far int he future.. also g.skill's are still as good as ever, with a $2 difference between kits in the end, the corsair's got it for the low profiles... enough of this silly heatsink's fo ram.
I will look to building up some more, but this would be around the best bang fo buck with decent frames @1080p <3
input always welcome
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