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    Hi guys, I bought awesome bits from Aria 5 years ago formy current PC - Intel Core 2x Quad q6600 at 2.4ghz, Asus striker extreme mb,8gb Corsair XMS2 DDR2, 2x Geforce 8800GTX in SLi, 4x Samsung 500gb SATA2 harddisks. 1000w Thirmaltake modular PSU and a water cooled case. Replaced the8800GTX's with HD4870x2 and a new 950w modular PSU last year. So I want toupgrade the q6600, some DDR3, a new motherboard and a new HD7870 2gb GPU.
    My budget is 470 so going for...

    Intel Core i5-3570K 3.40GHz
    8GB (2x4GB) Corsair Vengeance Jet Black 1600MHz CL9 DDR3
    MSI Z77A-G41 Intel Z77 Socket 1155 DDR3 PCI-Express Motherboard
    Power Color PCS+ Radeon HD 7870 OC 2048MB
    with Arctic Silver Ceramique 2 2.7g Premium High-Density Thermal Compound anddelivery it comes to 446.87 so under budget.

    The main use of the pc is gaming and MSI Z77A-G41 is the cheapest but has the necessary4 Sata 2 slots but would a cheap motherboard slow down the performance of thegames in any way. Or would a better motherboard with a lower CPU/GPU be better?

    Any help would be appreciated

  • #2
    That'll work fine imo.

    Main reason for getting a more expensive board is more usb3/sata3/pci3, and for better overclocking.
    Fractal R4 (shhh!) 3570k, z77x-d3h, 16gb, R9-270X, 240gb SSD, 2tb mirror w/ 60gb cache drive


    • #3
      ok thanks, that puts my mind at rest as the MSI board has all the slots I need and wont be over clocking but I want the i5 3570K just in case I do.


      • #4
        Hi Guys, just an update as I got all working. I changed the MSI board to a Gigabyte GA Z77 D3H. First thing that came up was that the bios was corrupted and it then replaced the corrupted bios by the backup one. That was like the bought just did that so I could see it. Pretty awesome as any other mb would have been faulty. So that was good but when I got windows 7 installed I did some tests and wow, played Guild Wars 2 on ultra settings at 1920x1200 and getting 40 to 100 fps. Lord of the Rings online at ultra settings and getting 110 to 180 fps running round Bree. Skyrim at ultra getting 50 to 90 fps. So happy with this pc, thanks Aria for selling awesome stuff at great prices.