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Hi Everyone,

Had a question i wanted to pose to the forums. I'm looking into building another PC, and wanted to ask some advice about chipset. My current one has a Z77 i5 3750k, however i've been told that i should just get a H77. I was told that since i don't OverClock (I just don't have the ability to tweak for over an hour), that I should just go with a H77. This will be for a mITX build if that makes any difference.

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If you go with an H77 board there's no reason to get the 3570K, as you won't be overclocking it anyways.

If you get the K version stick with a Z77 board; otherwise save your money and go with a non-K + H77 board.
Edited by Shift. - 2/5/13 at 9:20pm
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If you find H77 board cheaper than Z77 with better feature set, go for it. However, there are few decent H77 boards.

And as mentioned above by Shift, you can as well get i5 3550.
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Are you sure you don't have an i5-3570K? smile.gif

Anyhow, the only disadvantages that the H77 chipset has compared to the Z77 is that you can't change the multiplier on unlocked K-series chips like yours, and that you can't have 2 graphics cards each using PCIe 3.0 x8 lanes. However since you're building an mITX system, overclocking could cause systemic overheating problems (due to the small form factor) and there's only one PCIe slot for video cards on mITX boards to begin with.

Based on what you've told us, I think that the ASUS P8H77-I would be a good model to consider for your mATX build.

EDIT: One reason to get a i5-3570K for an H77 mITX build would be to use its integrated HD 4000 graphics, which are significantly better than the HD 2500 graphics found on the other i5 processors.
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Originally Posted by Shift. View Post

If you go with an H77 board there's no reason to get the 3750K, as you won't be overclocking it anyways.
Well, I assume the resale value of a 3570k will be much higher than that of a 3570.

IMO, there is no reason to go with a Z77 ITX over an H77 ITX system, if you are not overclocking. The advantages that Z77 has are OCing and SLI.
post #6 of 10
if you are going to do any OC'ing at all you have to stick with the Z77...if it is going to be a machine that is just used stock like a familey computer H77 would be fine...

i have built many office computers using these http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157303

and they were good machines
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Originally Posted by svenge View Post

Are you sure you don't have an i5-3570K? smile.gif

Anyhow, the only disadvantages that the H77 chipset has compared to the Z77 is that you can't change the multiplier on unlocked K-series chips like yours, and that you can't have 2 graphics cards each using PCIe 3.0 x8 lanes. However since you're building an mITX system, overclocking could cause systemic overheating problems (due to the small form factor) and there's only one PCIe slot for video cards on mITX boards to begin with.

Based on what you've told us, I think that the ASUS P8H77-I would be a good model to consider for your mATX build.

EDIT: One reason to get a i5-3570K for an H77 mITX build would be to use its integrated HD 4000 graphics, which are significantly better than the HD 2500 graphics found on the other i5 processors.

Well it looks like my dyslexic fat fingers strike again. smile.gif
Yes i have a 3570k, as for the advice, thank you everyone. I will got with a H77 board and build from there. From your post (@svenge) do i understand that i can use a i5-3570k on the H77 board?
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post #8 of 10
you can use it but you pretty much wasted buy a K series as you wont be able to overclock it

edit....you need to get a Z77 board if you havent bought the board yet
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Nope, i've got a Z77 board for my 3570k, this was for a 2nd build that I am planning. Since I don't OC, i was just checking that the advice i was given that a H77 would probably be a good choice for me wasn't complete smoke.
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post #10 of 10
o ok...sorry...i would not buy another k proc to put on a h board though
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