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I had posted this comment as a reply in one of the Online Deals threads, but realized it was mostly the wrong place to discuss this topic---which happens to be a common topic apparently (the thread below mine here in Intel CPUs is asking the same thing!). But here is my plight:

So I'm really trying hard not to jump on this Microcenter Bundle...been eyeing it everytime I walk in there (I live 10 minutes from a Microcenter thumb.gif). My rig is in desperate need of upgrade (old phenom ii x3 is a loyal quad core, but I'm pretty sure it's bottlenecking my MSI Twin Frozr ii 6950 and I can only fit 4gb of ddr2 on my Biostar. I'm thinking to eventually crossfire 6950's but want to make sure my mobo has the space for them (they have a really obese fan/heatpipe setup). So gentlemen, questions:
  • Seeing as I have discreet graphics, is the i5 3570k worth it...or should I just save some money and grab the 2500k? I'll be doing a mild overclock on air anyways.
  • Would the P8Z77-PRO be overkill if I'm trying to save money? Or would the GA-Z77X-UD3H or Asrock Extreme4 suffice? I only really game, no ridiculously heavy programming (yet). Budget = I could possibly do the P8277-Pro if it's worth it...but I'd still need to replace my ddr2 with ddr3---so I need to keep that $40-$50 addition in mind...
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My opinion: go for an i5 3570K. It's only 20-40$ more expensive, depending on the shop, in comparison to the 2500K but brings more to the table. Native USB3.0, 3D and PCI-E3.0 support, more OC capabilities (max multiplier has been increased) and it's generally a bit faster (not that you'll notice, but still, faster).

For a MoBo, I'd either go for an ASUS Z77 Sabertooth if you want an awesome looking Pro-board, or the ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe if you want loads and loads of features and better OC capabilities.
 
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My opinion: go for an i5 3570K. It's only 20-40$ more expensive, depending on the shop, in comparison to the 2500K but brings more to the table. Native USB3.0, 3D and PCI-E3.0 support, more OC capabilities (max multiplier has been increased) and it's generally a bit faster (not that you'll notice, but still, faster).
For a MoBo, I'd either go for an ASUS Z77 Sabertooth if you want an awesome looking Pro-board, or the ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe if you want loads and loads of features and better OC capabilities.

Ya I'm pretty sure I agree about the 3570k...for $30 more, it's worth it I'd say. But although I would totally love to grab a Sabertooth or P8z77 Deluxe, I really can't spend over $200 for a board. I was considering the P8Z77-V PRO because its part of the bundle deal at Microcenter. It's $169 with the bundle.
Edited by TheScarecrow - 5/27/12 at 2:28pm
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i have an Asus p8z77-v and i5 3570k. I would recommend both. Frankly, you don't need go spend on the pro unless you get a good deal cause the p8z77-v is basically the same minus two more sata 6 Gb/s ports and some other minor things. The i5 3570k is worth the extra money cause of its PCI 3.0 capability not to mention it does preform much better per clock. Just go for the Asus p8z77, you would regret it. smile.gif
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i5-3570k all the way. The performance is nearly the same (when you OC it) but IB have some nice extras and thats never bad.
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i have an Asus p8z77-v and i5 3570k. I would recommend both. Frankly, you don't need go spend on the pro unless you get a good deal cause the p8z77-v is basically the same minus two more sata 6 Gb/s ports and some other minor things. The i5 3570k is worth the extra money cause of its PCI 3.0 capability not to mention it does preform much better per clock. Just go for the Asus p8z77, you would regret it. smile.gif

Are you talking about the P8Z77-V LX? Ya the P8Z77-V PRO is $169 if I get it with the 3570k, which is only $30 more I suppose--so thats cool. Perhaps its worth it? All I really want to do is do a mild overclock on the CPU and be able to fit two big graphics cards on the board. ^_^
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i5-3570k all the way. The performance is nearly the same (when you OC it) but IB have some nice extras and thats never bad.

Ya the 3570k seems solid. I just wish I could afford an i7! Then I wouldn't be needing an upgrade for quite a long time. Ha, my Phenom II X3 720 has lasted me 3 years...
Edited by TheScarecrow - 5/27/12 at 6:24pm
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If you're interested in saving another $60, get the bundle with a Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H for $109. It will clock as well as any of the ASUS boards, or better.
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I'd go with the Gigabyte Z77UD5 or the Biostar Z77XE4 if you want sub 200 Asus boards are expensive this round.

I'd avoid any ASrock board after owning a Z68 Extreme 4 Gen 3 having memory controller issues that would cause bsod's and learning about ASrocks shoddy chokes and mosfets on their lower end boards, their PCB is cheap and their UEFI isn't exactly great..
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i would avoid ivybridge altogether. its more like a sidegrade to sandybridge and its way worse at overclocking. since ivy overheats. either by sandy or wait till next generation
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3570k and Asrock z77 Extreme4 = win
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