I've been considering upgrading the core components of my PC seeing as it's 3+ years old now. I'm wanting to stay under $400, but can't seem to find pieces I like while staying in that range.
This system is used almost entirely for gaming. I run a 3-monitor setup (recently upgraded to a GTX 660 SC). Two are 21" and the main, center monitor is 24". I game in 1920x1200. I live in the US and I'm an Amazon Prime member, so if Newegg doesn't have free shipping I'll generally buy over there. I want to stick with Intel and am fond of, but not married to G.SKILL and EVGA parts.
Here's what I have right now:
Intel Core i5 750 - overclocked to 3.6ghz
EVGA P55 SLI
G.SKILL Ripjaw 8gb DDR3 1333
My goal with the new system is to continue overclocking, so I was wanting components that are friendly to that. I've pretty much settled on the CPU being the Intel Core i5 3570K
as I think that's the best bang for the buck with overclocking in mind. It's $220 normally, but can be found for around $205 at times. I have a large aftermarket HSF that I'm using and plan to continue to use, I can't remember the model but it's a Thermaltake from a few years ago. Considering a Corsair H80 water cooling kit, but that's not relevant right now.
The motherboard I've been looking at is the ASUS P8Z77-V Pro
, but that's $200 and right there is my entire budget. Based on reviews, this mobo is overclocker friendly and I trust ASUS products, so that's why I was looking there. I also want to make sure the mobo has at least 2 SATA 6.0gbps slots. I do NOT plan to SLI/Crossfire so that isn't important to me.
I'd really like to make the jump to 16gb of RAM (2x8gb sticks) at minimum DDR3 1600 speeds. Would prefer CAS timing of 9 as well. The G.SKILL Sniper 16gb
or the G.SKILL Ripjaw X 16gb
both fit that mold and are roughly the same price ($85 and $88 respectively).
With that total I'm looking at just over $500. Can you guys suggest some more affordable options that could shave around $100 off?