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November 27, 2012 3:17:18 PM

What would be the best i7 for me if I'm not planning on overclocking. My price range is between 200-260. Any help will be much appreciated. Or maybe I should go with one of the AMD FX's if I'm not going to overclock. I've been out of the game for awhile so I'm not familiar with the new parts.

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November 27, 2012 3:50:44 PM

The Intel i7 3770 (Best non-k i7 for Gaming)
www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681911650...
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November 27, 2012 4:36:30 PM

Dude, thank you so much for the advice. So is the k only good if you are overclocking?
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November 27, 2012 4:54:13 PM

The Intel® Core™ i7-3770 and you can get it in that price range if you have a Microcenter near you. There are only 4 3rd genertion Intel Core i7s in socket 1155. Two if them are low power with a S or a T on the end, the other is the unlocked K model, and the last is the base Intel Core i7-3770. http://ark.intel.com/products/family/65506/3rd-Generati...
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November 27, 2012 5:05:56 PM

revolultrablue said:
Dude, thank you so much for the advice. So is the k only good if you are overclocking?

Yes, the k versions have unlocked multipliers, so can be OCed. Otherwise, At stock speeds, (without OC), both 3770k & 3770 perform same.
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November 27, 2012 5:09:04 PM

Not to sound like a newb but I've never heard of Microcenter.
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November 27, 2012 5:12:40 PM

I've also been hearing bad things about the stock fan but if you use another fan it'll void the warranty. Do you think that since I'm not overclocking the stock fan would be sufficient. Again thank you guys for the help. It seems like the 3770 is the way to go.
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November 27, 2012 5:42:48 PM

revolultrablue said:
I've also been hearing bad things about the stock fan but if you use another fan it'll void the warranty. Do you think that since I'm not overclocking the stock fan would be sufficient. Again thank you guys for the help. It seems like the 3770 is the way to go.

Stock fan will do fine with the non-k versions.
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November 27, 2012 5:49:41 PM

Best answer selected by revolultrablue.
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November 27, 2012 5:50:17 PM

Maybe I'm asking a little too much now but could you recommend a budget motherboard to go with this processor?
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November 27, 2012 5:54:08 PM

Take a look at the ASRock Z77 Extreme4. Good entry performance board.
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November 27, 2012 7:34:06 PM

Wow thank you all. All my questions were answered.
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November 27, 2012 7:46:14 PM

I feel like have to ask just because you guys have been suggesting such good products. What would be the ram that should go with this build. I know ram is cheap but is 16 gb a little overkill? Which brand of ram would go good with this build? Haha, after this. I think you guys deserve somekind of Tom's Hardware reward :p .
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November 27, 2012 7:46:42 PM

Any reason why you want an I7 vs an I5? is it only going to be used for gaming? If so you could save $60-$100 and get the I5 3570.
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November 27, 2012 7:51:26 PM

I use it for gaming plus browsing and multitasking.. do you think that it isn't worth the performance increase to get the i7?
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November 27, 2012 7:54:20 PM

You really won't see any performance increase in those tasks going from an i5 to an i7. I say get the i5 3570 and put that money saved toward a better video card if you don't already have one.
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November 27, 2012 7:57:19 PM

I could put the saved money towards ram because i already have a 560ti.
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November 27, 2012 7:59:44 PM

I'm not planning on overclocking either.
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November 27, 2012 8:36:30 PM

Thank you everyone. I've decided to go with the i5 3570. For everyone that answered my question thank you. Also thank you Derza10 for answering the question I should have asked.. I didn't mention I mostly game.
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November 28, 2012 2:23:03 AM

NP enjoy :) 
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November 29, 2012 12:22:43 AM

Would you with the K or non K version?
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November 29, 2012 12:30:39 AM

get the K i think they are the same price on newegg right now. Nvm they arn't 3570 is $15 cheaper... if you arn't going to Overclock then get the non K.
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November 29, 2012 12:51:05 AM

if you don't plan to overclock at all, no need to get a Z77 based motherboard.A B75 or H77 boards will do, and it's cheaper :) 
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