Things going for Sandy:
- Runs cooler while overclocked.
- It's able to reach higher overclock speeds.
- Cheaper. Can get one for $289 on newegg right now.
Things going for Ivy:
- Latest and greatest
- Runs faster than Sandy at stock speeds.
- PCI 3.0 support
Although the logical choice would seem to be Ivy, it costs $60 more and I'm still not convinced that I'd be better off with one. I do intend on overclocking, but it's really not a deal breaker for me. My current build is a AMD Phenom II 940 3 GHz so either one is a huge upgrade. Overclocks aside, is Ivy $60 worth faster then Sandy?
I'd go with the 3770k simply for the PCI 3.0 support. The higher overclock speeds on the Sandy would be pretty marginal next to the Ivy. If you do happen to pick the Sandy then go for the 2600k instead of the 2700k. There is no difference between the two except the 2700k has a 1mhz base bump up from the 2600k. Both would overclock just as well and would produce the same amount of heat. Not to mention it would be $20 cheaper.