I'm planning a new i7 3770 build for work (which also happens to be a personal PC too). Any tips or suggestions are welcome to make sure I don't screw it up. I get a bit confused with some of the new stuff out now with so many gimmicky adverts sometimes it's hard to tell which is the real deal. So, I'm reliant upon folks here with experience.
We have a small business we work at home and almost everyday we use Adobe CS, Word, Photo Shop, Office, XSite Pro (website builder) and now we have to create our own product description videos, music, power-point presentations and HD documentary DVD's and do fairly large uploads to our manufacturer. Plus, loads of multi-tasking. We watch movies and I sneak in some occasional online gaming when I can.
Our old system is from 2004 - I can't believe it's even still working at all. The new Ivy system is a bit overkill for what we need but, that's fine as we tend to keep our systems until they die so, future proofing is fine but, more importantly it's the whole "Time is Money" thing so, we need cut wait times as much as possible, which is why we're switching from AMD over to Intel. This will be our very first Intel system. What do I need to know so that there are no surprises switching from AMD to Intel?
Purchase date: sometime in July
Price range: between $1,000 to $1,500 max
We want as long a life-span as possible so, we won't be over-clocking anything. Here's what I've chosen so far:
MB: Gigabyte z77 UD5 or the new Gigabyte Z77X-UP5 TH (out at the end of June) - not sure about price yet or if this is just a gimmicky advert. I'm interested in this new board due to claims of lower mobo temps (couldn't care less about Thunderbolt). Low inside case temps are very important to us due to the fact that we don't have central air or air con. We consistently get 85F (31C) indoor temps for most of the summer months - another reason why we're not over-clocking.
So in two of the videos above discussing the new Gigabyte Z77X-UP5 TH they said it would be out by the end of June. I e-mailed Gigabyte and asked them a few questions and they responded today saying they have no idea when it will be out and didn't give me any prices. I also asked if there'd be a Gigabyte Z77X-UP5 version without the "TH" Thunderbolt ports - no answer.
I'm getting tired of waiting & may have to settle for the older Gigabyte z77 UD5.
You're getting a non-OCable CPU with an OCable motherboard. Get a B75 or H77 motherboard, unless you plan to CF/SLI.
Good point, azeem40. I'm open for suggestions, I'd get an H77, B75 or Z75 if they'd give me what I need. I just haven't seen any I like yet and most seem to be mini or micro size. Plus, only they have PCIe 2.0 & only two USB 3.0 ports when I need at least four (in the rear). Another reason is that the Ivy CPU's get really hot when overclocked, so, I'm trying to avoid creating an unnecessary heat problem.
3770 @ 10425/524 = 19.895 - almost 20 times or %2,000 faster than the Athlon.
CPU: AMD 1.6 Sempron (upgraded to 2.1 Athlon 3200 two years ago)
Mobo: MSI RS480M
HD: WD 80g (upgraded to WD 500g last year)
RAM: 512 (upgraded to 2g two years ago)
I'm still open for suggestions though. As mentioned in the OP, "We have a small business we work at home and almost everyday we use Adobe CS, Word, Photo Shop, Office, XSite Pro (website builder) and now we have to create our own product description videos, music, power-point presentations and HD documentary DVD's and do fairly large uploads to our manufacturer. Plus, loads of multi-tasking."
The i7 3770 should be fine if you aren't overclocking. Overclocking will void your warranty for a reason(also note a lot of bad reviews come from people messing with stuff and screwing it up on their own). Also switching your CPU fan voids your warranty. They give a 3 year warranty so that should be fine. If you do have any problems... big deal send it back and get a new one. Very unlikely that you will though.
I couldn't take it anymore so, I called Gigabyte. They said that the Gigabyte Z77X-UP5 TH will come out at the end of July not June (obviously) and it will cost over $300 (US) and the UP7 will probably be over $400. There will be no "UP" versions without the "TH" Thunderbolt ports either. There will be no z78 versions. This is pretty much it until Haswell comes out. So, forget it.
I could use some help with some last minute questions before I begin this build starting asap:
* Should I go with my selected Gigabyte z77 UD5 or is there a UD3 worth getting since I won't be overclocking? I know some feel the UD3's are akin to a generic version that's not worth getting (at least for gamers who overclock) but, Gigabyte said that the UD3, 5 & 7 all use the exact same chipset and that the only difference between them are the extra features such as overclocking features in the bios, other additional ports & PCI lanes for CSF/SLI etc. Any thoughts?
I do need at least 4 USB 3.0 ports in the rear (2 in front) plus, two ports for Keyb & mouse. I'll never use more than one GPU, but I'd like to be able to add a couple PCI cards in the future such as an SSD PCI card for example, so, I'd still prefer to have at least 2 or 3 PCIe 3.0 slots and I'd like an HDMI port.