Z77 vs X79

Hello!

I'm upgrading my system and there is two option looking good for almost the same price here (Canada) ; around 1500$.
One is Z77 the other X79, which one is the best? Anything i should change?
(case, psu, fan and hard drive i already have)

Approximate Purchase Date: this week

Budget Range: 1500 Before Rebates; Before Shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: Motherboard , CPU, RAM, GPU, SSD

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Yes (next year)

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: Post modified after FinneousPJ comments, thanks!

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: old motherboard broke.

FIRST (Z77)

Motherboard :
GIGABYTE G1.Sniper 3 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128552

Processor:
Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770K
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116501

RAM:
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231426

VideoCard:
XFX Double D FX797GTDFC Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150632

SSD:
Mushkin Enhanced Chronos Deluxe MKNSSDCR240GB-DX 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226226

OR (X79)

Motherboard :
ASUS P9X79 PRO LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with USB BIOS
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131800

Processor:
Intel Core i7-3820 Sandy Bridge-E 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 2011 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80619i73820
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115229

RAM:
G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9Q-16GBZL
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231497

VideoCard:
XFX Double D FX797GTDFC Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150632

SSD:
Mushkin Enhanced Chronos Deluxe MKNSSDCR240GB-DX 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226226

Thanks
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  1. None of either if this system is for only GAMING then I5 is strongly recommended.

    Cpu: Intel Core i5 3570k
    motherboard: Asus p8z77 vpro gen3
    ram: G.skill ripjaws x series 16gb (4x4gb) 1600
    hdd: seagate barracuda 1TB 7200 sata III
    ssd: m4 crusial 128gb
    video card: GTX 680 (MSI, GIGABYTE)
    psu: corsair HX 750w
    cooler: noctua NH-D14
    case: whatever you like.
  2. Which tool is the best .... a hammer, a socket wrench or a screwdriver ?

    Kinds depends on whether ya wanna bang in a nail, take out a bolt or unscrew a phillips head doesn't it ? :)

    We had gold medals won by 1/100th of a second in these olympics...... how much is being "on top" even by a small margin worth to you ? Do you need a Porche to get you to work 5 days a week ..... no but it sure is a lot more fun to drive. Whether or not you invest copious amounts of your disposable income in a few % points of performance is not for us to decide. ;)

    If gaming, yes the X79 will outperform the IB and SB but the advantage is small for the cost difference

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-overclocking,3077-5.html

    Quote:
    Core i7-2600, -2600K, -2700K, -3820, -3930K, -3960X
    Core i7-965, -975 Extreme, -980X Extreme, -990X Extreme
    Core i7-980, -970, -960
    Core i5-2500, -2500K, -2400, -2320, -2310, -2300


    here you see the 3820 outperforming the 2500k in 7 outta the 10 game tests

    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/523?vs=288

    As for the build.....I cant buy into most of ya choices:

    Case - $ 130 - Corsair Carbide 500R http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139010
    PSU - $ 165 - Corsair HX850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139011
    MoBo - $ 462 - ASUS Z77 Sabertooth http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1030056
    CPU - Incl - Intel Core i7-3570K
    Cooler - $ 80 - Phanteks PH-TC14PE http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835709015
    TIM - $ 5 - Shin Etsu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835150080
    RAM - $ 55 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair LV RAM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233199
    GFX - $ 430 - Asus GTX 670 DCII TOP http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121638
    GFX - Add Later ? - Asus GTX 670 DCII TOP Same
    HD - $ 210 - Seagate Barracuda XT 2TB 64MB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148506
    SSD - $ 200 - Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 240 GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226226
    DVD Writer - $ 55 - Asus Model BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135247

    Total $ 1,792

    1. Sabertooth has excellent OC abilities and 5 year warranty
    2. 3570k will give you 95-97% of the performance of the 3770kin games...is that worth $100, you decide
    3. Phanteks tops the Noc thermally, aesthetically and has 5 times the warranty
    4. Get 2 sets of the 1.35 RAM if ya think it will show some benefit..... the low voltage tho will reduce the thermal load on the CPU's memory controller.
    6. The 670 above (1770.8 fps in Guru 3D's game test suite) at $0.24 per frame beats even the 7970 Ghz Edition (1763.2 fps) at $0.27 per frame for less money ..... and it overclocks better.
    7. If not going for big OC's on the CPU and twin GPU's, then a TX750 or XFX Core Edition 750 will do just fine

    Asus 670 TOP 3dMark 11 score OC's to 1280 Mhz = 9839
    http://www.guru3d.com/article/asus-geforce-gtx-670-directcu-ii-top-review/23

    7970 Ghz Edition 3dMark 11 score OC's to 1280 Mhz = 9403
    http://www.guru3d.com/article/radeon-hd-7970-ghz-edition-review/24

    You have the right SSD
  3. hahaha, good.
  4. That's better. Now, indeed the i5 is what you want for gaming. Both of those systems are a waste of money.
  5. Unfortunately your budget for for sli mobo is low if you can add 35 more bucks then you will be able to get sli mobo,
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293
  6. Great, thanks.

    You are right my build are waste of money.
    I will go with the i5 build
    ... or the X79, if i want to go work in a Porche!
  7. Just to close that.

    I end up with an X79 system:
    ASUS P9X79 PRO
    Intel Core i7-3820
    XFX Double D FX797GTDFC Radeon HD 7970 Ghz Edition
    G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (4 x 4GB)
    Sandisk Extreme 240gb
    Cooler Master Hyper 212 evo

    I have keep my old ocz gamexstream power supply and antec p180 case.

    The system is running smooth and without noticeable noise.
  8. You decided to waste cash anyway :lol: Oh, well, long as yer happy with it.
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