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Ivy Bridge or Sandy Bridge-E?

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I have finally decided to rebuild my computer, and I can't decide between Ivy or Sandy-E. Here's the breakdown:

Ivy Bridge:
Core i5 3570K - $189.99
Asus P8Z77-V - $184.99
MicroCenter Combo - $50.00 Off
8GB RAM - $35(ish)
Total: $380

Sandy Bridge-E:
Core i7 3820 - $229.99
EVGA X79 FTW - $179.99
8GB RAM - Free (from EVGA X79 FTW Combo)
Total: $424

Which should I get? I am going to be using it for games, some audio/video processing, and various electrical engineering programs. I would also like to keep this machine for at least 3 years. The rest of the build will have equivalent components (except for the case - which I have to spend ~$40 more to accommodate for the larger form factor of the X79 board). I plan on running a single 7950 and for the moment I will stick with dual channel 8GB RAM (that's all I need for now - most of my audio, video, and photography needs are done on my MacBook Pro with 16GB RAM).

Thanks guys!
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Ivy bridge.
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post #3 of 10
Personally i'd get ivy bridge with an Extreme 4 over your combo. X79 is a waste of money and with haswell 6 months away is a bad buy. Dont forget to get some 2133 memory as well
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post #4 of 10
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audio/video processing, and various electrical engineering programs

if your running simulations you would benefit with an i7 so either upgraded to an i7-3770k or go down the SB-E route, thats what i would do.. plus late next year you could upgrade to an IB-E if you like smile.gif
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post #5 of 10
Unless you are expecting to use a 3930k or upgrade to IVY-E as soon as it comes out, there is no reason to go with a x79 (assuming the x79 will support ivy-e, seems to be the case from most of the reports).
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post #6 of 10
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Ok it seems like Ivy is the better buy. What motherboard would you guys recommend?
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I vote for the 3570K and see what Haswell brings.
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Originally Posted by Aznboy1993 View Post

Ok it seems like Ivy is the better buy. What motherboard would you guys recommend?

for IB, the Gigabyte z77x-ud3h or the z77x-ud5h thumb.gif
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post #9 of 10
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Ok it seems like Ivy is the better buy. What motherboard would you guys recommend?

They're all going to overclock the same. Pick the one with the features you want
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I vote for the 3570K and see what Haswell brings.

Ivy runs on LGA 1155, Haswell will run on LGA 1150. If you want a good build and see your options, try to wait for haswell. However, I do understand the desire to build a new build (thumb.gif).
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