Any Z77 motherboard out there will work with ANY LGA1155 CPU, just keep that in mind. Any Z68, H61, H67, P67 motherboard will also work with any LGA1155 CPU, however, these chipsets will require a BIOS update to work with Ivy Bridge CPU's.
oh, sorry I didn't say i7 in the title btw. I'm buying this processor and a 7770 instead of the i5 3570k and the 670. will upgrade later, I wanted a fast processor that'd last me a while on the Z77 extreme4 mobo I have. thanks.
I really wanna get the i5 3570k, but I decided overall I'd have a more enjoyable experience with a faster processor. plus, I play minecraft a LOT and very heavily modded, oftentimes with 10-15 windows running/servers running at the same time, and mineraft is extremely cpu intensive, especially modded/tnt. which I do lots of, so overall, no, I will not NEED this power, but I want it so hard xD
I'm a HUGE multitasker, so I think the i7 would be great for me. I like to play bf3 with minecraft, facebook, youtube, 2 servers, and about a million files open at the same time, and sometimes do all that + being ctrl + esc'd out of another fullscreen fps/mmo game. so yeah. i7 is a must have, plus for me, time does in fact = money, thus the multitasking. My current laptop just poops everywhere if I do anything more than a light fps like combat arms and 1 window open at a time, really missing my old desktop
OH TRUST ME. I KNOW HOW LONG IT TAKES. this laptop has a 250gb 5200RPM drive, (or something int he low 5k's) and it takes about a week and a half to load anything.
I want a 256gb ssd instead of an HDD because I delete everything I don't intend to use/keep my drives really clean, so throughout all my years of computer usage (about ~10 years. I remember when like 500kb was like infinate memory <3 ) I've only stored about 70 gigs of stuff. but it's just a LITTTLLELEE too far from my budget
Momentus XT is a nice option for those recently accessed files I use one in my laptop and my HTPC, they're actually pretty decent IMO. As a raw HDD, though, it just sucks. The SSD cache just makes it a little bit peppier.
Yes, the prices went up dramatically last October or so due to a flood in Thailand...Thank goodness for that, however, since I personally think that's what drove SSD prices even down further than what they were at