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Thinking of choosing SB-E over IB because of this deal

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Alright, so I live in Canada and the IB prices are much higher than I anticipated. I have a chance to pick up a:


MSI x79A-GD45 Gen 3
i7 3820


for $413.60 Cad after mir.(price matching)

Is this a better deal than a 3570k with an asrock extreme4 z77?

I don't even know much about SB-E compared to say a 2600k or 2500k bundle... Can I use any ddr3 ram?

Thanks in advance, hopefully I can choose before this deal is dead!

EDIT:

just for comparison I can pick up a i5-2550k for $176.10.
Edited by cgg123321 - 4/30/12 at 5:37pm
 
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Well the 3820 has 8 threads (quad with hyperthreading) but the 3570k is only 4 core/4threads. 3570k with z77 chipset you get to use Lucid Virtu MVP which is pretty cool, but other than that feature I would go 3820 all the way. Higher CPU performance and more PCI-E lanes. Plus you can upgrade to Ivy Bridge E down the road on X79 while Ivy Bridge is the end of the road for Z77.
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Much as I'm shocked to say it, the i7-3820 at that price is a better deal - unless you're primarily a gamer. Then it's meh, whatever. (Hyperthreading is the big thing of the i7.

Note, if you like to play Shogun 2:Total War, then Ivy Bridge is ALWAYS the better deal - it performs far better than other processors in that game for no apparent reason.
    
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