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$1080 Gaming Build (Proc/Mobo help)

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May 1, 2012 1:07:49 AM

Okay I need some help with a new computer build. I'm new to building computers but have a basic working knowledge of what everything does and whatnot. The only thing I'm really running up against here is the mobo/processor combo.

I know I either want an Intel i5 2500k or the new Ivy Bridge i5 3570k I'm having a hard time picking between the two, simply because I can't really tell much of a difference... The IB is more power efficient, but I don't really care, and for a $30 difference I'm having a hard time justifying getting the IB. Here's what I want from my processor

-Overclock to around 4.4/4.5GHZ
-Not have to upgrade it for a while (does the IB have some future proof tech that I don't know about?)

Now, I'm on a pretty strict budget of $1081.44, so $30 is big when I'm trying to scrounge up enough for a SSD for my OS.

Thoughts on the two processors? Which can I get the most performance out of with a reasonable (NOT INSANE) overclock and which one will last me longer into the future?

Thanks a lot for your replies in advance, I've been reading the forums here for a while but haven't had the need to post until I got the cash for the build! :) 
May 1, 2012 1:14:40 AM

IVB will last longer into the future as PCIe 3.0 will soon (not super soon) be fully utilized.
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May 1, 2012 1:17:40 AM

If you have (or are getting) an upgraded CPU heatsink/fan or watercooling system, you should be fine with ivybridge.

The 2500k(SB) will be outdated before the 3570k(IB) -and they are the same price. YES, IB is future-proof (paired with z77), it is PCIe 3.0

I would go with a z77 board no matter what, unless your budget makes you get z68. Just because once SB is outdated, you will need a z77+ board. I personally like the ASRock Extreme4 and will be purchasing one in the next 2 weeks for my 3570k build. It's cheap, has plenty SATA and usb3.0 slots, and benchmarks/OCing is good.
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May 1, 2012 5:46:00 PM

Azok said:
If you have (or are getting) an upgraded CPU heatsink/fan or watercooling system, you should be fine with ivybridge.

The 2500k(SB) will be outdated before the 3570k(IB) -and they are the same price. YES, IB is future-proof (paired with z77), it is PCIe 3.0

I would go with a z77 board no matter what, unless your budget makes you get z68. Just because once SB is outdated, you will need a z77+ board. I personally like the ASRock Extreme4 and will be purchasing one in the next 2 weeks for my 3570k build. It's cheap, has plenty SATA and usb3.0 slots, and benchmarks/OCing is good.


Okay. Looking at the PCIe 3.0 I begin to see what it is and how important it is. You say in this post that they 2500k and the new one are the same price... Where is this true?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - 2500k ($220)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - 3570k ($250)

The motherboard you mentioned looks great and has loads of good reviews on Newegg. Does anyone else have opinions on this board?

Thanks a lot for the replies guys!

EDIT: I found the 3570k on Microcenter.com for $189... http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
Which is SIGNIFICANTLY cheaper than Newegg. Is this site reputable, or what's the deal with the $70 price difference between the two stores?
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May 1, 2012 6:04:27 PM

Down below for a single card build (no option to add a second video card later on).

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $354.98
ASRock Z77 Pro4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX806237I53570K

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z77%20Pro4 <----- another look at that board

Down below for a dual card build.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $374.98
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX806237I53570K

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z77%20Extre... <----- another look at that board

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $118.99 FREE SHIPPING
Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR120GB 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
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May 1, 2012 7:57:30 PM

With Microcenter, you have to pick it up at the store. Good idea if you live by one.

You can get the 3570k on TigerDirect for $210 after MIR. Up until the 4th or 5th.

Which with the Extreme4 would total out to $345 (cheaper than the "combo deal")
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May 2, 2012 11:46:57 AM

As it happens, I DO live near a microcenter! Wow!
So for my proc/mobo combo between the IB i5 and the AsRock Extreme4, it's going to cost just $280 from microcenter, compared to $350 everywhere else. That's great. Thanks for all the help guys. This thread is closed, I might have some more questions later on about things like the PSU.
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