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What do you mean it gives me more time to overclock RAM and GPU? Oh, you mean I won't have the need to mess with the CPU?

Exactly and you can still play with the voltages. I undervolted mine and it loads at 40c with the stock intel cooler when the lady plays bf3
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Exactly and you can still play with the voltages. I undervolted mine and it loads at 40c with the stock intel cooler when the lady plays bf3

Well if I was to go with the 3220 I would probably get an H77 board since Z77 seems like it would be a waste for a non-K. Does H77 let you over clock the RAM?
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Well if I was to go with the 3220 I would probably get an H77 board since Z77 seems like it would be a waste for a non-K. Does H77 let you over clock the RAM?

That I don't have any idea about. I use a cheap z77 pro3 with my i3
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Yes, it would be my main computer. Used daily for regular crap like this, and often but not quite daily for gaming such as BF3, SC2, AC3, etc. I can play those games on my current setup fine. Also some light-duty video encoding/decoding. I guess the real reason I want to upgrade is to be able to take advantages of newer technology like USB 3.0, SATAIII, DDR3, etc. I know this is not "BRAND NEW" tech, but they are all things my current rig does not have/support. I just want to step into the new generation of products and get something that will keep me busy for a few years. I just like building computers.

That being the case AMD has no offering worth considering, I would buy a z77 and the least expensive i5 2500/3570 I could get my hands on and call it a day. AMD shines in non-gaming boxes, but when you throw gaming into the mix Intel wins in both performance and price/performance.
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OK, so I ordered the following items last night based on comments from this thread the other day and personal research I have been doing for several months:

Intel Core i5-3570k
AsRock Extreme6 Z77 ATX Motherboard
8GB (2x4GB) Corsair Vengeance LP 1600MHz DDR3
Corsair Carbide Series Black 400R Mid Tower Computer Case

Any feedback?

I already have an SSD, 3TB worth of HDD, DVD drive, and a PSU, although the PSU is only a 430W (Corsair CX430) but has been powering all these components fine along with a 650 Ti on an older mobo and CPU that probably use more power than the new stuff will anyway. The PSU will be fine for now I think, but I'll get a bigger one within the next week or so. The next things I will buy later in the week will probably be:

Corsair CX600M 600W Modular Power Supply
Corsair H60 CPU Watercooler

Any thoughts?
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I think you should have gone for the Gigabyte z77x-UD3H
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Your choice in motherboard was just fine. I was about to pop on here and say you can get some pretty banging deals on 1366 or 1156 parts now that they are "old". You can nab an i7 875k for super cheap on ebay, overclock the crap out of it, and still not be hurting on the performance front, considering the change in performance is like 15% at stock speeds.

 

Edit: meant 1156 not 1155 *doh*

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the cheapest "I" cpu is 920. I like the 930 tho better over clocking and lower volts. can be hit up used. BUt very power hungery and i hit 4.2 on all the chips i had. im @ 1.35 @ 4.20 ghz but 4ghz @ 1.275 and stock 2.8ghz @ .95 volts. all are X58 chipset. alot mite find a 970 cheap (6core 32nm chip)
Its harder to overclock then the NEW i7/i5 cpu with uncore qpi an other settings but its a great chip.

Im looking to new chip-set to up date as 1150 pin is coming up in a few months.
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Your choice in motherboard was just fine. I was about to pop on here and say you can get some pretty banging deals on 1366 or 1156 parts now that they are "old". You can nab an i7 875k for super cheap on ebay, overclock the crap out of it, and still not be hurting on the performance front, considering the change in performance is like 15% at stock speeds.

Edit: meant 1156 not 1155 *doh*

Thanks for reaffirming my motherboard decision. That was probably the hardest thing to pick out of those parts. I actually had my eye on the MSI Z77A-G45 for months due to the value and features. It was actually on sale for $105-$10 rebate until just a few days ago at NewEgg. But I missed that deal not realizing it was a limited time price drop. I think its back to $120 or something now. I only decided to change my mind at the last minute because 1) I got a little liberal with the spending once it came time to actually buy the parts, 2) It has more rear USB 3.0 ports, and 3) it seemed like a better board than the G45, and the heatsinks on the board look cool as he**!! Which is also why I went with Black RAM instead of the Blue I had originally wish listed to match the G45 color scheme. I also considered the slightly upgraded (relative to the G45) MSI Z77A-GD55 but feature-for-feature it seemed like the Extreme6 still beat it out for basically the same price.
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Cheapest and most sensible? 2500K of course, especially if you can score one from a Microcenter. Next best choice is 3570K. That's about it, really.

Pretty much what he said.
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The 2500K is a very powerful CPU and its a little cheaper than the 3570k. If you are anywhere near a Microcenter, you could watch for a sale on it. They were blowing them out on Black Friday for $99, now they are $149.

Have you considered an AMD build?

Thank god he hasn't considered AMD lol

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Why would he waste money on an amd build? Op a 3570k build is what you want

2500K is cheaper and overclocks better if you don't have really good cooling (custom water) and gaming performance is same at equal clock speeds.
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