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X79/SB-E or Z77/IvB

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Which would you choose?

Total: 2 votes

  • X79 w/ SB-E
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  • Z77 w/ IvB
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September 18, 2012 2:19:53 PM

I'm getting ready to build a new system and give the old one to my wife (i7-920) but I'm stuck between IvB or SB-E. I have no need for on board gfx as I currently have a 660ti, and do mostly gaming/photoshop/video editing.

Pricing out the core for 2 systems (mb/ram/cpu/cooler), IvB with Z77 and SB-E x79, the x79/SB-E build is almost the same price, can add a ton more ram, and will be compatible with IvB-E processors when they become available.

With such a close price point, which would you go with and why?

ASUS P8Z77-V PRO LGA
i7-3770k Ivy Bridge 3.5Ghz 4c
16GB G.SKILL Ripjaws X
Corsair H80 Liquid CPU Cooler
$765.95

ASUS P9X79
i7-3820 Sand Bridge-E 3.6Ghz 4c
16GB G.SKILL Ripjaws X
Corsair H80 Liquid CPU Cooler
$787.95

Case/PSU/ssd/gfx will be the same so I didn't include.

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September 18, 2012 2:51:20 PM

It's pretty much a tossup imo. The Sand E has more cache and a slightly higher clock speed, but the Ivy is faster clock for clock.
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