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

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December 29, 2012 8:01:59 AM

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.
December 29, 2012 9:49:35 AM

if you're not going to overclock it i don't know why you'd waste money on the i7 3770k
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December 29, 2012 10:18:22 AM

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.
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December 29, 2012 12:09:59 PM

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.
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December 29, 2012 12:19:31 PM

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 !
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December 29, 2012 12:23:29 PM

i5 3330 will be way more than enough
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December 29, 2012 8:29:29 PM

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

Comments:

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.
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December 29, 2012 8:31:13 PM

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.
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December 29, 2012 9:43:49 PM

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
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/uSuz

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
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January 9, 2013 2:26:13 AM

Best answer selected by manishankarpv.
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