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A 3820 is, frankly, a terrible idea right now. Especially with a ridiculously expensive motherboard on financial aid...

Let's look at the i73820. Four sandy bridge cores, hyperthreading, can be overclocked a fair amount with difficulty.
Let's look at the i7-3770K. Four ivy bridge cores, hyperthreading, can be overclocked a fair amount with ease.

They're about the same price, but the i7-3770k has (slightly) superior performance, and you don't need to spend more on an X79 motherbaord.

Now some people will spout some nonsense about a dead platform, but honestly, ivy bridge-e isn't going to come out until it's basically obsolete anyway, and I doubt you're going to have the money for a $600 processor next year if you're on financial aid anyway. So upgrading within either platform would be a stupid move.

So why would you ever consider the 3820? It has no advantages over the i7-3770k, and it does have disadvantages.

Get and i7-3770k if you can use the hyperthreading (3D video encoding), the i5 if you can't (gaming), and get a $150 gigabyte motherboard or whatever, saving more money to blow on women or something more useful than an overpriced sabertooth...
    
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