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Old October 28, 2012, 12:15 PM
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Hello! I'd like to improve my pc performances, so I decided to change a few pieces, keeping the others. I would like to change:

- AMD Phenom II X4 945
- ASUS M4A785TD-M EVO AM3 785G


I'd like to keep:
- Enermax 525W MODU 82+
- Cooler Master Cabinet CENTURION 590 + dvd
- Crucial M4 128GB SSD
- Seagate 2TB 5400rpm
- Nvidia GTX 570 GLH
- Samsung P2450 (24'' 1920x1080)

Budget is 500 euro maximum and I need to change cpu, motherboard,cpu cooler and maybe ram . I was thinking to buy an i5-3570k (220-230euro), but I am uncertain about the motherboard. Moreover I need to choose a cpu cooler that fits into my cooler master Centurion 590. (I'd like something not too big. Moreover I have placed 2 140mm fans on the top of my CM590, so maybe I don't have a lot of space anyway).
Regarding the ram at the moment I am using "Corsair XMS3 DDR3 4GB / 1600MHZ KIT CL8 New Classic". It's a 2x2GB kit. Can I use it with a Z77 motherboard?
Do you think this upgrade is a good idea? Thanks in advance.
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Old October 29, 2012, 05:01 AM
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The cheapest Z77 motherboard would be the ASRock Z77 Extreme4. It is cheap in terms of price but it has most of the features that you will need. It could go higher, like my MSI Z77A-GD65 which definitely has more features but it you'll have to know if you will use them. In short, you can't go wrong with any motherboard of any brand, starting from the ASRock Z77 Extreme4 onwards in terms of price.

If you're not aiming high(>4.2GHz) on the OC, a cheap CM Hyper212 Evo works fine. The RAM should work but in case it doesn't under rare circumstances of incompatibility, getting a new 8GB set shouldn't be too expensive.
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Old October 29, 2012, 06:28 AM
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Thank you very much for the reply :)
Ok I decided to buy these pieces:

MSI MPower Z77 Socket 1155 Intel Z77 DDR3 SATA3 USB3 ATX 165,60
CPU Cooler Master Hyper 412 Slim 36,50
CPU Intel Core i5-3570k 3,4GHz Socket 1155 77W 220

I decided to buy also the ram. I'm still undecided about the model. I've seen the Cooler Master Hyper 412 Slim and it seems I can equip a 2x4GB ram with high profile.

What about:
RAM DDR3 G.Skill RipjawsZ PC3-19200 2400MHz 8GB (2x4GB) 10-12-10-31 2N XMP 69,00

or I could buy these:
RAM DDR3 G.Skill Ripjaws-X F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM 1600MHz 8GB (2x4GB) CL8 8-8-8-24 1.5V 52,00

or these:
RAM DDR3 G.Skill Ares F3-1866C9D-8GAB 1866MHz 8GB (2x4GB) 9-10-9 2N Low Profile 47,50

Maybe I'll choose the last one (Ares). What do you think about that? The rest of the conifiguration is fine?
Thanks again for the help :)
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Old October 29, 2012, 06:46 AM
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Hey great choice on the motherboard and CPU. I just got the Z77 Mpower also. I love it! It performs great and look sexy!

As for the ram personally I like the 2nd kit best. The price is right it has great timings and you won't see much difference between all 3 of those kits. Whichever will clear your CPU cooler. Also wouldn't be a bad option to hunt down a matching kit of your current ram if you can find it for cheap. That could save you a few bucks and you can run 4 x 2gb.
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Old October 29, 2012, 06:51 AM
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Are you certain of the motherboard of your choice? I would've bought it if I was aiming for the highest possible OC from MSI but its unnecessary to spend that much for a normal rig. I would've prefer to recommend these sticks instead if you could find it. If not, just pick any. It won't make a huge difference.
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Old October 29, 2012, 08:38 AM
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Yeah I really like the MSI MPower Z77 :) I am really sure about it and the processor.
For the ram I just found this I really like:
RAM DDR3 Crucial Ballistix Smart Tracer PC3-14900 1866MHz (2x4GB) 9-9-9-27 Unbuffered Led 49,10
Offerta, Vendita RAM DDR3 Crucial Ballistix Smart Tracer PC3-14900 1866MHz (2x4GB) 9-9-9-27 Unbuffered Led - BLT2CP4G3D1869DT2TXRGCEU

Is it ok? I decided to change ram since 49 euro for 2x4GB is not that expensive.
If you got alternatives for the cpu cooler, I'm here to listen :P Atm I'm thinking about the ooler Master Hyper 412 Slim or in alternative I could buy the Cooler Master Hyper 412 S or anotherone if you got ideas that will fit into my CM 590.

:Offerta, Vendita Dissipatore CPU Cooler Master Hyper 412 Slim Socket Intel 775/1156/1155/1366 AMD AM2/AM3/FM1 - RR-H412-16PK-R1
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Old October 29, 2012, 09:11 AM
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Sure, why not. The Crucial Ballistix will create a nice light show in the case. If you're not going beyond 4.2GHz, that heatsink will do just fine. 4.5Ghz is a stretch but it is achievable provided the local ambient temperature is low(< 30C).
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Old October 29, 2012, 09:45 AM
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Ok thank you very very much dma0991. I ordered the components :) I've chosen the Cooler Master Hyper 412 Slim. Ok I will not overclock the processor too much :)
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Old October 29, 2012, 10:18 AM
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If you are going for a mild overclock the OC genie works great but likely you could get the same overclock with less voltage manuall which would result in better temperatures. :)

Cheers. Enjoy your new toys.
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If you are going for a mild overclock the OC genie works great but likely you could get the same overclock with less voltage manuall which would result in better temperatures. :)

Cheers. Enjoy your new toys.
thanks :D I can't wait to build my new pc :P
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