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    December 2006
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    MOBO: Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H Intel Z77 Chipset
    CPU: Intel Core i5 3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz Quad Core 6MB Cache - With OC to 4.6ghz w/ Thermalright Macho Performance CPU Cooler / Or Intel Core i7 3770k 3.5ghz 8MB Cache with OC.
    RAM: 8Gb Corsair Vengeance LP DDR3 1600Mhz
    GPU: 2GB EVGA GTX 670 (is this best bang for buck?)
    PSU: 650W Corsair Enthusiast Modular
    SSD:120GB Corsair Force 3 Sandforce SSD
    HD: 2TB Seagate Barracuda SATA 6Gb s 7200rpm 64MB Cache
    DVD:Pioneer DVR-S19LBK DVD Writer
    Windows 7

    Don't need a monitor or mouse/keyboard etc, just need the tower.

    Any opinions? Is getting the 680 worth it? 2GB or 4GB versions?
    Anything else I can do to add a bit more to it? I've been reading about the Ivy Bridges and in some Benchmarks they seem to be coming up shorter compared to the OC'd Sandy bridges, others they seem to perform well, any thoughts?

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    You could strip the optical drive from another PC if possible and maybe get a less expensive hard drive, then you'd be able to go for an i7
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    You could strip the optical drive from another PC if possible and maybe get a less expensive hard drive, then you'd be able to go for an i7
    Something like the i7 3770k 8mb? I can probably just flat out upgrade that, I'm not super set on the 1k budget.

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    April 2010
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    A 3770k won't have any benefit over a 3570k for gaming, I'd get a 670 then go X79 with a 3820, more upgrade options in the future, better performance from the get-go, and you can look cool with all your RAM slots and massive processor.
    And do you need a case?

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    A 3770k won't have any benefit over a 3570k for gaming, I'd get a 670 then go X79 with a 3820, more upgrade options in the future, better performance from the get-go, and you can look cool with all your RAM slots and massive processor.
    And do you need a case?
    What benchmarks are there for the 3820? I thought the 3770 was much better? Or is that specifically from a gaming point of view?

    http://www.cpubenchmark.net/high_end_cpus.html

    Been looking there.

    3820 is around 9k
    3770 around 10k

    Don't need a case, recycling mine.

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    What benchmarks are there for the 3820? I thought the 3770 was much better? Or is that specifically from a gaming point of view?

    http://www.cpubenchmark.net/high_end_cpus.html

    Been looking there.

    3820 is around 9k
    3770 around 10k
    I actually thought the 3820 was faster, oh well, both are good choices, with the 3820 you get the option to upgrade to a marvelous processor later on, otherwise the 3770 would be a better investment now, but 1155/Z77 has no more releases planned, you can't go wrong.
    Your build looks great, I'd swap out the Corsair for a Samsung 830 though.

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    I actually thought the 3820 was faster, oh well, both are good choices, with the 3820 you get the option to upgrade to a marvelous processor later on, otherwise the 3770 would be a better investment now, but 1155/Z77 has no more releases planned, you can't go wrong.
    Your build looks great, I'd swap out the Corsair for a Samsung 830 though.
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    Heh, no problem, the sheer amount of processor models, numbers and letters makes me confused as hell at times.

    Saying that, I won't have much money to upgrade later on, I normally just run the PC into the ground and buy a new one, like my current one. It's finally just blew out after 5 years of constant hard use, :P.

    Does everything else look about right with the build anyway? Thinking of buying in the next few days.

    Are there any other GPU's i should be looking into or is the 670 still near the top? Spending between 200-300 on a card, so if there is something huge I could do to boost my numbers in the gaming department, card wise, let me know!

    Edit:

    Thanks man, I trust your opinion, David tennant is a somewhat minor celebrity on HWS :P

    Gonna price it all up and get it ordered, thanks guys.