MIN (all lowest price) - $554.94 CAD + tax = around $627 CAD after discount and MIR
BASELINE (all lowest price + i5 3570K + Zalman CNPS9900MAX-B) - $604.95 CAD + tax = around $683 CAD after discount and MIR
MAX (all highest price) - $694.95 CAD + tax = around $785 CAD without any discount nor MIR
so far I am set for i5, I am torn between the 3 Z77 board as they all have similar features while asrock with 12phase and asus with 8phase and not so sure about the gigabyte board.
I also read that using 1600 RAM will void the 2nd gen i5 CPU warranty as they only run with 1066 and 1333 frequency. If that's the case, I will just set the RAM to run at 1333 in BIOS as 1333 and 1600 ram cost about the same these days.
I notice that the mobo and cooler I chose might be overkill for a gaming + HTPC rig, that's because I would like to try OC a little bit later this year for 3D modelling and architectural rendering purpose. So I am just wondering should I go all out for either one of the Zalman or keep it simple with Hyper 212 EVO for now.
And for the Zalman I am torn between the 2 as their performance, dBA and costs are almost identical. CNPS10X Extreme features a remote fan controller but I doubt I will use it at all. I would really like to have some advice from owners of both cooler.
Any comments will be greatly appreciated. Thanks very much.
Thanks! I looked a review on tweak town regarding the heat issue as well as its performance when OC. I am no expert on all these technical readings nor OC, but as far as I can tell i5 email@example.com runs just as hot with i7 firstname.lastname@example.org and less performance which make sense. And at stock i5 3570k lies between stock i5 2500k to i7 2600k.
I also read from here for a comparison between i5 email@example.com and i5 firstname.lastname@example.org/4.6. i5 email@example.com looks quite alright than @4.6 but I probably need a better cooler than EVO. Let's hope the heat issues are minimized when intel launches its i5 3570k retail. Thanks!