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I need a CPU and Mobo to finish my build. This is mainly for gaming. Normally I wouldn't have brought the X79 to the table but I can get an i7-3820 for $200 new. That's $100 off! I'm limited to mATX but that doesn't matter since intel has great choices on these chipsets.

I have a microcenter nearby but the Z77 options are getting pretty sad. Their Z87 options are a tad better but I'm not to fond of the issues Z87 boards are giving customers right now.

Aesthetics are important since this is going in a modded case with a side panel window.

Based on my research the X79 should have some legs left in it should I go that route. The Z77 is done and the Z87 is in limbo.

Going for a good looking setup the cost regardless of which way I go can run $360-400. Going X79 gives me 8 threads too. I know this isn't a big deal for gaming but it could be in the future and it's an option that can be turned off.

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post #2 of 17
So you either grab an i7 3820 or an i5 3570k/4670k?

Here is the thing, gaming wise a 4670K would perform better 99% of the times using a single card setup. It also has more native sata 3 and usb 3 ports.
If you are planning on multiple GPUs, X79 starts to become more interesting due to 40 PCI-E lanes.
While the 3820 lacks the per core performance of the newer 4670K, you would have an upgrade path to a 6 core CPU in the future, either the new 4930K (about to be launched) or getting a deal on a 3930K (microcenter has them for 400 USD at the moment, full price is 550). The 3820 will also outperform the i5s in some scenarios where the hyperthreading makes a difference.
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Gaming centric I would personally go with Z77 or Z87, even if you have to expand your purchasing options out to Newegg or Amazon. I just don't think that X79 brings enough to the table to warrant the platform unless you're in a business or productivity environment.

However, that is an awfully attractive price you found on the 3820, so that in and of itself might be enough to persuade me otherwise.
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$200 is a pretty good deal on a i7-3820. If you can get the X79 board you like for a reasonable price, I'd say do it. You can always upgrade it later on to a 4930K or a 4960X, or perhaps a Xeon E5-2687W 8-core if you hit the lottery. =)

I've been nothing but pleased with my 3930K and 3820 systems since December. I like the fact I can run my Dual SLI at PCIe x16 3.0, my OCD gives me a fit when I think about running Titans at 16x-8x or 8x-8x on a Z77/Z87.


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post #5 of 17
With mATX, you can only go up to two GPUs, right?! I would go with z87 board though. If x79 + 3820 are cheaper, then you should get it. Gaming wise, not much difference in performance between the two.
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does microcenter even have any mATX X79 boards?
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Dont even waste your money on X79. Z87 and a 4770K is the way to go

http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/core_i7_4820k_processor_review,17.html
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post #8 of 17
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Originally Posted by Stay Puft View Post

Dont even waste your money on X79. Z87 and a 4770K is the way to go

http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/core_i7_4820k_processor_review,17.html

The very article you quoted recommends the X79 platform over the Z87, at least when a 4820K vs. 4770K is concerned. Did you read it? LOL.

"Admittedly, the reality however is that both advantages will make very little difference in overall performance. But still, comparing these quad-core processors, my personal choice would be the X79 platform with the Core i7 4820K processor. My bet is that X79 / 4820K will become a notch faster after we have seen some more BIOS upgrades."

The upgrade path to a 4930K or faster hex core is also compelling reason to do it, if the OP can get a X79 board and a cheap Socket 2011 CPU to start off with.

Greg
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Originally Posted by hammong View Post

The very article you quoted recommends the X79 platform over the Z87, at least when a 4820K vs. 4770K is concerned. Did you read it? LOL.

"Admittedly, the reality however is that both advantages will make very little difference in overall performance. But still, comparing these quad-core processors, my personal choice would be the X79 platform with the Core i7 4820K processor. My bet is that X79 / 4820K will become a notch faster after we have seen some more BIOS upgrades."

The upgrade path to a 4930K or faster hex core is also compelling reason to do it, if the OP can get a X79 board and a cheap Socket 2011 CPU to start off with.

Greg

Guru just has a hardon for X79. Look at the results. 4820K is slower then a 3770K. If you plan on 3+ GPU's i say go with a 4820 but for everything else the 4770K is the clear choice.
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I will have a single 7950. No room for two cards. I'm a bit put off by haswell's heat output.
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