Does anyone have any pros and cons to offer regarding this processor? I'm not a gamer, but I work with very math-intensive spreadsheets as well as high-resolution graphics and videos (more discussion on the video aspects later when I begin to consider video cards).
Also, I am rethinking the layout this time, as compared to the conventional layout of previous builds. For example, I find that I no longer need an internal DVD/CD reader/burner these days. From my perspective, those have sort of gone the way of floppy discs ever since the storage capacity of flash drives has greatly increased.
I will simply use an external DVD/CD reader/burner when needed; one that is SATA III or USB3 compliant for loading Windows and any other software as needed. Likewise, I will not install an HDD with this build. I plan to install a 512mb SSD and then have two external 2 TB HDDs that are SATA III or USB 3 compliant for data storage and synchronous backup until SSDs completely replace HDDs in scope and price, which should not be much longer. Leaving out the HDD and CD/DVD device should allow me to use a much smaller case and devote more resources to maximize cooling (more discussion on that later when I begin to consider cases and cooling options).
Sorry to drift. This initial portion is mainly intended to discuss the pros and cons of the Intel Core i7-3770K, and any alternatives that you may recommend.
Thanks for the response, BigTroll. I want to remain under $3000 for the entire build. I recently purchased a nice 27-inch HD flatscreen with HDMI, so that won't factor into the price of the build. I prefer to build the system myself rather than having someone else build it. In my experience, that tends to greatly prevent and diminish potential problems along the way.
The next component I am considering is the mainboard. I am strongly considering the ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard. The primary negative that I see with the board, which may be unavoidable, is the fact that it includes some SATA II architecture in addition to the SATA III architecture. I do not need or want a mainboard with earlier versions of SATA (or USB) included. Those versions are completely uncessesary for me, because I will never buy any components or devices that use the slower protocols, so why have them at all?
Question: Are there any new and highly-reputable mainboards that (a) exclusively include SATA III and USB 3 architecture, and (b) are compatible with the Intel Core i7-3770K? I realize that I may be asking for the moon, so if the best solution for my needs includes blends of SATA III/II and USB 3/2, so be it.
For personal reasons, the only mainboard manufacturer that I will not consider or buy from is MSI. I prefer Intel or ASUS, but I am open to other suggestions.
no intel motherboard has 0 sata 2 ports. its intel specs and board manufacturers have to include 2 intel sata III and 4 sata II. the odds are that the manufacturers often include some 3rd party sata III ports along with their boards. the odds are that you wont be using more than 2 drives
sabertooth is a gimmick. it doesnt really do much other than asthetics
heres what i would get. as you said you wont be needing hard drives so i am including a nice 256gb SSD. there are no such thing as 512mb SSDs. you also must have the SSD or another internal hard drive or else how will you install the OS