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I have a choice whether to get:

Intel i7 2700K
Asus P8Z77-V LX2
8GB Corsair Vengeance RAM

= £355.19+FREE SHIPPING (Amazon Prime member)

or

Intel i7 3770 (NON K)
Asus P8H77-M LE
8GB Corsair Vengeance RAM

=£341+FREE SHIPPING (Amazon Prime member)

I dont know what to get! Ill be using the system primarily for gaming and some video editing. Whats making me have trouble deciding the most, is the fact that im not a very strong overclocker... which is putting me off the 2700K a little bit. Will I even be able to OC the 2700K on the 'Asus P8Z77-V LX2' ? Atm, I cant afford a better board as im on a budget of £300-£350.

The rest of my system will be:
Sapphire HD 7850 OC
1TB WD Green HDD
Corsair GS600W PSU
Lite-on DVD-RW

I also have a CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO laying around so ill use that for cooling.
Edited by BRADGUIN93 - 3/21/13 at 8:09pm
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i7 2700k. no question.

but im not sure how you cant get a 3770k for that budget
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i7 2700k. no question.

but im not sure how you cant get a 3770k for that budget

Im looking at the NON K Version
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Just updated my post with prices of both!
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Get the 3770. At stock it's better than the 2700k and it consumes less power. Along with that it has PCIe 3.0 and other ivybridge stuff.
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If you are not going to do any/much overclocking, i'd vote for the 3770
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i7 2700k. no question.

but im not sure how you cant get a 3770k for that budget

Sorry, I misread what you said. I can get a 3770K with the H77 board, but whats the point in having the K version if I cant OC on the H77? It would make more sense to get a Z77 which would make me go over my budget.
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You might want to consider the Xeon E3-1230v2. It's almost identical to the i7-3770 (non-K), but usually quite a bit cheaper (at least in the USA).

E3-1230v2: 3.3 GHz / 3.7GHz turbo, hyper-threading, no IGP. @ $240
i7-3770: 3.4 GHz / 3.9GHz turbo, hyper-threading, HD 4000 graphics @ $290
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You might want to consider the Xeon E3-1230v2. It's almost identical to the i7-3770 (non-K), but usually quite a bit cheaper (at least in the USA).

E3-1230v2: 3.3 GHz / 3.7GHz turbo, hyper-threading, no IGP. @ $240
i7-3770: 3.4 GHz / 3.9GHz turbo, hyper-threading, HD 4000 graphics @ $290

Will it run in the H77 motherboard I listed?
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Will it run in the H77 motherboard I listed?

Yes, it's on ASUS' list of supported CPUs. The E3-1230v2 is an Ivy Bridge socket 1155 chip, so there won't be any issues.
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