Is i7 3770k for a home office/entertainment system worth the price

Approximate Purchase Date: this week (next 3-4 days)

Budget Range: 600-700 (preferably < 600)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gonna use this desktop for home office/novice video editing/entertainment

Are you buying a monitor: No, already have one. Full HD 1080p

Parts to Upgrade: Assembling a new computer

Do you need to buy OS: No. Have an original copy of Windows 8 from dreamspark.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Planning to buy it from Fry's (Actual store) or would order from newegg/amazon if cheaper

Location: Seattle, WA, USA

Parts Preferences: Intel/Nvidia build.

Overclocking: No (Suggestions accepted)

SLI or Crossfire: SLI yes (flexibility to add a nvidia in the future)

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

I have made the following build, want to know possible issues, suggestions.

Motherboard: Gigabyte Z77 D3H
CPU: Intel Core i7 3770K 3.5GHz Quad core w/ HT
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 2 x 4GB 1600 MHz
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 6Gb/s 7200RPM
Tower/PSU: NZXT Guardian Black

I am planning to buy a bluray writer and graphic card later, but for sure. My most important problem is, I can't decide if I have to spend 300$ on the processor itself or not.
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  1. if you're not going to overclock it i don't know why you'd waste money on the i7 3770k
  2. I will suggest you to change the processor because for a budget office or video editing works a 3770k is not the bang for the buck.

    Processor - Intel Core i5 3570K (If u overclock it in future or so and if not then buy 3570) - 219$
    Mobo - MSI Z77A-G45 - 100$
    Computer Case - Corsair 200R (If u don't use Water Cooling) - 45$
    Corsair 400R (If u use Water cooling and needs a lot of expansion slots as well)
    And everything else is superb.
  3. Best answer
    If you aren't overclocking then why waste money on a K model CPU/Z77 board

    Go with an H77 motherboard and the i5 3470 - At stock speeds it runs just as fast as the 3570K (real world performance) and the H77 is a board for non-overclockers while drastically reducing your cost.

    For your case just choose something that looks nice to you with sensible cooling.
    These savings could help you when choosing your GPU.
  4. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($289.98 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Sniper Gaming Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($45.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic 350W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($37.14 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
    Total: $606.04
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-29 09:19 EST-0500)

    i don't know if you are purchasing a gpu or no !
  5. i5 3330 will be way more than enough
  6. Thanks for the replies guys, they were very helpful.

    I have following questions:

    1. Apart from overclocking will I lose anything else if I go for 3770 instead of 3770K for the processor?
    2. Same question for chip-set too, will I lose anything else apart from overclocking if I got for H77 instead of Z77?
    3. Do I need any specific requirement on chipset if I have to add a bluray writer or does it work irrespective of chipset type?

    Please check the revised config below and suggest improvements:

    Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP
    CPU: Intel Core i7 3770 3.4GHz Quad core w/ HT
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 2 x 4GB 1600 MHz
    HDD: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 6Gb/s 7200RPM


    1. I am planning to buy a high-end graphic card later (like GTX 680, but for now use i7's onboard), so the motherboard has to be compatible.
    2. I am looking for a fancy looking tower at lower price and compatible power supply for this setup.
    3. I forgot to mention last time that I'm looking for an economical bluray writer too, so please suggest one.
  7. Forgot to add, that I'm going to use this computer for gaming too (but later) which is why I'm looking for a nvidia GTX 680 compatible motherboard.
  8. a i5 3470 is more than enough for a home office and gaming rig. a i7 is only necessary when you are doing lots of video rendering.

    do not get a 680. worst value out of all video cards given a 670 performs the same out of the box (most of them are already overclocked and can be overclocked further)

    this is more suitable

    you do not need a specific chipset to use a blu-ray drive or a specific motherboard to use a high end GPU. you dont lose anything from going z77 to h77 other than the fact that no one makes a SLI ready h77 board. but you arent doing SLI so its irrelevant
  9. yeah that
  10. Best answer selected by manishankarpv.
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