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April 19, 2012 10:52:07 PM

building a system in next 3 or 4 days. want to knw which one out of these would give best performance .i only use it for gaming.both cost the same

system 1

i5 2500k
asrock z75 pro 3
hd 7870 gpu
kingston 4gb ddr3 1333mhz ram
WD 500gb hdd
cooler master silent pro m 600w
xigmatek dark knight cpu cooler
cooler master 690 II advanced chassis

system 2

i5 2500k
asrock z77 extreme 4
hd 7850 gpu
ripjaw x series 4gb ddr3 1600mhz ram
WD 500gb hdd
corsair 600w
xigmatek achilles cpu cooler
haf 932 chassis

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April 19, 2012 11:03:14 PM
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System 1 will perform better but will provide less features. It's a matter of preference really, only major difference between the two boards is slightly better audio chip, 2 more SATA3 channels, 2 more USB3.0 ports and different PCIe configuration. Basically nothing of that matters if you don't have more than 2 SSDs, more than 2 external USB3.0 devices that can take advantage of extra speed it provides (basically only external SSD) or 2 GTX680/R7970 cards (which neither can really exploit full PCIe3.0 x16 bandwidth in the first place anyways). You can compare features here:
http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z75%20Pro3&...
http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z77%20Extre...

Other than that, I'd suggest getting 2x4GB of RAM, just 4GB is simply not enough nowadays (well it is if you like the sound of HDD groaning in pain that is constant pagefile accessing) and it's dirt cheap anyways.
April 22, 2012 6:48:27 AM

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