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July 24, 2012 3:10:15 AM

Hey guys I'm a brand new builder coming off the streets and been researching for a while. I had my plans set in for an i7 3770k ivy bridge but I kept seeing or reading that I don't really need an i7 for games. Money is not much of an issue but I just want to keep it low cost as posibble, play games at high settings and watch videos online porn/netflix (LOL) and type my paper with. I would go for an i5 if I really don't need an i7.

Build I had in plan

i7 3770k ivy bridge

asus Maximus v gene

Asus radeon hd 7850

I was doing some more research and people always recommend these 3:

i5 3570k 3.4 GHz

ASrock Z77 extreme4

Gigabyte GeForce gtx670

I feel like I really like the v gene board idk why lol. Please enlighten me and what would be great combinations. I love playing my games mostly league of legends. I'd love to play it flawlessly hispeed , hi fps. Although I don't mind settling for the unnecessary power, i feel like its nice to have the kick and power when you need it or try something new
July 24, 2012 3:51:00 AM

I always prefer Asus over ASRock. There's nothing wrong with ASRock, I just really like Asus's non-reference boards and ASRock was actually created as a subsidiary of Asus to compete with the budget reference manufacturers. If you like the Maximus V Gene then go ahead and get it, the Republic of Gamers lineup is extremely strong.

As for the i5/i7 debate what most people say about not needing an i7 for gaming is generally true. The i7s have a bit more cache and hyperthreading. The cache is nice but the hypertheading helps on a case by case basis. Some poorly coded games such as BF3 can actually be hindered by the existence of extra logical processors as they will confuse them with actual physical processors.

If the 3570k is significantly cheaper than the 3770k then you should get it, but keep in mind that the 3770k is marginally more future proof. If you run virtual machines or lots of crap in the background then the efficiency added by hyperthreading can be nice to have.

The GTX 670 is a terrific card for the money and performs very well at 1920x1080. The Radeon HD 7970 is also a wonderful card. If you can get a factory overclocked HD 7970 for the same price as a GTX 670 then you should go for that instead.
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July 24, 2012 5:02:08 PM

Thanks for the bright insight. My friend suppose to hook it up for the i7 if I can get it I guess I'll go with it. If not I'll go for the i5 ivy. for the motherboard I looked up reviews I feel like it gave me mixed feelings on the Maximus v gene. But it seems more like people getting them broke from shipping. I'll look into it more and prolly get the Asrock if I go full price on the processor. And can you tell me your views on the radeon hd 7850? Thanks.
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July 24, 2012 5:15:17 PM

I was wondering if going for the higher products like i7 and a good mobo to go with will be better off in the long run? Is there any suggestions mobo for the i7? I prolly will be streaming music while playing. And maybe my girl might edit her own hd photo later on. Nothing fancy just all small time things.
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July 24, 2012 6:09:06 PM

roysauce said:
I was wondering if going for the higher products like i7 and a good mobo to go with will be better off in the long run? Is there any suggestions mobo for the i7? I prolly will be streaming music while playing. And maybe my girl might edit her own hd photo later on. Nothing fancy just all small time things.


Getting better components now is almost always better in the long run. As far as mobos go, if you're looking for something high end go with the Maximus V Gene or Z77 Sabertooth
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July 24, 2012 6:22:58 PM

yeah if you wanna spend alot go with the sabertooth, if you want to spend not so much, the Asrock z77 is a sweet board also.
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July 24, 2012 9:38:16 PM

Thanks for the great feedback helps making decisions easier
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