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2500k & Z68 or 3570k & Z77?

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June 3, 2012 8:22:47 AM

Hey all.

I am very new to all this and currently planning my first build. It currently looks like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($51.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($419.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Azza CSAZ-1000 ATX Full Tower Case ($89.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: OCZ 750W ATX12V Power Supply ($79.96 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1041.75
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-06-03 04:20 EDT-0400)

However, I am having some people tell me that I should go with a Z77 board & an i5 3570k.

What are the PROs and CONs? Both combos cost virtually the same and I don't really know what the differences are or what I should go with.

edit* - forgot to mention, computer is going to be used for gaming, mainly to run Battlefield 3 maxed out.

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June 3, 2012 8:34:25 AM

Yes, go with the 3570k and z77

These are just the updated models of the 2500k and z68 respectively.

Performance slightly better with the CPU and motherboard has certain feature advantages.

In practice you will probably not notice any difference, but the 3570k and z77 are straight replacements for the 2500k and z68 so better to get the updated models.
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June 3, 2012 8:39:47 AM

bwrlane said:
Yes, go with the 3570k and z77

These are just the updated models of the 2500k and z68 respectively.

Performance slightly better with the CPU and motherboard has certain feature advantages.

In practice you will probably not notice any difference, but the 3570k and z77 are straight replacements for the 2500k and z68 so better to get the updated models.


Okay. Is there anything in my parts list that I need to change to work with the z77 board and 3570k Processor?
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June 3, 2012 8:42:03 AM

steve695 said:
Okay. Is there anything in my parts list that I need to change to work with the z77 board and 3570k Processor?


No, that's a nice system
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June 3, 2012 8:51:26 AM

bwrlane said:
No, that's a nice system


Cool, thanks.
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June 3, 2012 8:57:59 AM

If you're planning on overclocking, keep in mind that the 3570K isn't going to hit the same clocks as the 2500K would, but improvements in per-clock performance basically make it a wash and the 3570K draws less power (although it does run hotter).
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June 3, 2012 9:23:21 AM

dthesleepless said:
If you're planning on overclocking, keep in mind that the 3570K isn't going to hit the same clocks as the 2500K would, but improvements in per-clock performance basically make it a wash and the 3570K draws less power (although it does run hotter).


Will the CPU cooler I have listed still be good?

I'm not sure if I will even need to overclock.
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June 6, 2012 12:03:24 PM

steve695 said:
Will the CPU cooler I have listed still be good?

I'm not sure if I will even need to overclock.

Yeah that cooler is just fine I just put the Hyper 212 on my i5 3570k with the Gigabyte Z77 UD3H mobo. My idle is about 26c and 48c max load. Remember you dont need that much thermal grease. its just there to make sure no air is between the heat sink and cpu. Also its normal for you Hyper 212 to be able to rotate a little bit as long as it doesn't move up and down.
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June 6, 2012 12:49:08 PM

DarthZoolu said:
Yeah that cooler is just fine I just put the Hyper 212 on my i5 3570k with the Gigabyte Z77 UD3H mobo. My idle is about 26c and 48c max load. Remember you dont need that much thermal grease. its just there to make sure no air is between the heat sink and cpu. Also its normal for you Hyper 212 to be able to rotate a little bit as long as it doesn't move up and down.


Thanks for the info and heads up! Yeah I was only going to apply enough thermal paste to lightly cover the CPU and just wipe the left overs onto the CPU cooler.
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June 6, 2012 3:43:58 PM

The Intel® Core™ i5-3570K is the updated model of the Intel Core i5-2500K and while it won't get as high of an overclock as the Intel Core i5-2500K can. Due to the improvements in IPC even running at a slower clock speed it can still perform better. Clock for clock the Intel Core i5-3570K is about 6% faster without using the IGP (Intergrated Graphics on Processor). On top of that the Intel Core i5-3570K will allow you to use PCI-E 3.0 which can make a big difference in performance.

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June 6, 2012 11:49:00 PM

IntelEnthusiast said:
The Intel® Core™ i5-3570K is the updated model of the Intel Core i5-2500K and while it won't get as high of an overclock as the Intel Core i5-2500K can. Due to the improvements in IPC even running at a slower clock speed it can still perform better. Clock for clock the Intel Core i5-3570K is about 6% faster without using the IGP (Intergrated Graphics on Processor). On top of that the Intel Core i5-3570K will allow you to use PCI-E 3.0 which can make a big difference in performance.


Thanks mate, yeah I decided to go with the 3570k. Does it have intergrated graphics? I need intergrated graphics for the Virtu MVP to work.
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