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Old November 18, 2012, 03:53 PM
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I'm in the market for a new Mobo/CPU combo and have about ~325USD to spend. Both of the above options are in that price range:
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Intel Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz LGA 1155 Processor 407627 - Micro Center
Newegg.com - ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

The PC will be used for the following items: Office,Internet browsing,HD videos,Code compilation,and some Gaming (BF3,BFBC2).

Nwo obviously I would love the i5 and the Z77 sabertooth but that's out of my price range. So will the FX-6300 cut it for my tasks? I currently run an Athlon II X2 245 lol.

I also have an SSD, Mid-range GPU (5750, old I know), 8GB of RAM, and a Asus DX sound card. Will the PCI-Ex1 sound card work in one of the x16 slots as the x1 will be covered by the GPU cooler?

I'd love to stick with asus due to prior experiences but if there is something considerable better I'll give it a try. Any other options in my price range?
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Old November 18, 2012, 04:06 PM
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ivy bridge cpu mobo combo no contest. I'm not partial to any brand but I am kind of an MSI fanboy. IME they offer great performing products at a lower price then asus. Z77A-GD65 or GD55 are both great boards. the 55 being a bit cheaper and probably more suiting for your needs as you aren't going for tri sli or tri fire.
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Old November 18, 2012, 04:10 PM
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Another i5 vote. Unless you specifically need a feature on the higher end motherboard in the AMD rig, then the i5 the the way to go. No matter how far you OC the 6300 its not going to beat a mildly OCed 3570k.
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Old November 18, 2012, 04:18 PM
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Thanks guys!
I guess the only feature I like about the AMD board is the Tens of thousands of USB ports, and the TUF rating.
Seems like i5 it is!
I'll only ever run a single GPU setup so I'll check out the MSI boards.
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Old November 18, 2012, 04:28 PM
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Sorry for the double post....
Has anyone had any experiences with this mobo. Newegg.com - ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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Old November 18, 2012, 06:44 PM
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just get the i5 and another Z77 mobo with good cooling. I had AMD for the last 10 years but today I have a new system with i5 3550 and H77 mobo, system is so quiet, I cannot even tell if it is turned on. Using Intel stock HSF, the one with copper core.
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Old November 18, 2012, 07:21 PM
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Try to buy a bundle rather than each part separately. There's far more savings in CPU/MOBO bundles.
AMD can save you more money if you elaborate a bit more on "HD videos, Code compilation".
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Try to buy a bundle rather than each part separately. There's far more savings in CPU/MOBO bundles.
AMD can save you more money if you elaborate a bit more on "HD videos, Code compilation".
I was looking into an Intel bundle but the i5 is $60 cheaper at microcenter and I don't see bundles listed.
1080P youtube videos,
Visual Studio 2012, Processing, C, C++, and some other low level stuff.
I'd rather not go with an APU though, if that's what you meant by AMD saving me money.

Thanks for all the suggestions guys!
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Would an i7-3770K be overkill for me? I ordered the asrock mobo on sale for $100 so I might be able to squeeze the i7 in if it will offer something more.
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The PC will be used for the following items: Office,Internet browsing,HD videos,Code compilation,and some Gaming (BF3,BFBC2).
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Would an i7-3770K be overkill for me? I ordered the asrock mobo on sale for $100 so I might be able to squeeze the i7 in if it will offer something more.
The price difference between the 3770K and 3570K would be better spent on another part of your system, like cooling (to overclock the 3570K), GPU (for your gaming), or an SSD (it's just great to have Visual Studio open in 2 seconds).
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