Originally Posted by TheBadBull
^ not overkill enough.
Originally Posted by zosothepage
Stren what do you think about the maximums V extreme For the gaming side with a 3770k ?
I guess it depends on which cards (and how many) you're planning on using and whether you need HT on or not. My average overclocked 3770K could only bench about 0.5% higher than my average 3930K for single threaded stuff because it was heat limited. So for me it seems like there's little point to a 3770K over a 3930K. However if you turn HT off, you'll do a lot better (at this point you may as well have got the 3570K). The 3770K really needs phase to shine. While the quad core shouldn't be limiting for 99% of games, after tasting hexes, it's hard to break that mental block and go back lol.
So then it comes down to pci-e lanes, X79 has more native lanes vs the M5E which uses the PLX lane splitter chips. No one has complained about the PLX chips much yet, but I'm a fan of sticking to native pci lanes unless you know you're reaching the limit. For me I don't think I'm there yet. However there will be boards like the asrock extreme 11 that will also bring quad 16x pcie3 to X79. If you're going with a PLX lane splitter board it would make sense to me to still go with the one that has more native lanes to the cpu anyway. However it's pretty much a toss up, the 3570K option will be cheaper and probably perform as well. Certainly unless you're doing something like Vega's doing you probably won't notice a difference, and if you are you'll need to try both to see which is best for you!
Certainly a M5E/3570K + quiet phase build would be fun