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Building a PC around Intel i7 3770


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#1 Ktze Hut

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 09:20 AM

I'm considering building a PC around Intel's core i7 3770 and have a number of questions:

  • What differentiates the 3770 from 3770k apart from the ability to overclock on the 'k?
  • Is there a 'recommended' motherboard for this chip?
  • Is there a 'recommended' RAM?

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 11:59 AM

Well, the highest binned chips get the "K" tag, but the yield is so good, anything that says "3770" on it is top of the line.  The "K" does have an unlocked multiplier which does make it easy to overclock.  I do not really understand the aversion to overclocking.  If it runs at 4.5-4.7ghz at stock voltage, then you just got a bonus.

 

Motherboards- just depends on the features you want and how much you have to spend.  As far as manufacturers, at this point Asus is my 1st choice, followed by Gigabyte.  I tend to avoid the "3 letter" boards for higher end builds due to personal experience.  Asrock- hit or miss, but usually OK, but BIOS options tend not to be as polished as Asus and are usually "buggier" during the early BIOS revisions.   Biostar- flip a coin.  Things to consider, USB 3.0 header configuration, PCI/PCIE slot layout, power management, BIOS options, SLI/Crossfire support (if you need it).  What size?  Full ATX?  Micro ATX?  Depends on your case. 

 

RAM- At this point 1600 DDR3 is the defacto standard for most builds.  It is cheap, and performs well.  The sweet spot, where latency and speed curves are USUALLY most advantageous is DDR3 1866 according to those brains who know.  Personally, I never saw big jumps in performance going from 1600-2000 as I had to loosen up timings to compensate for the speed.

 

A good start is to pick a motherboard, and glance at the "Recommended Memory List" .  See what memory has been tested with that board.  Now, it isn't absolutely necessary, but it will give you a starting point.  I like low voltage memory on Intel rigs (1.5V or 1.35V).

 

All the above is my opinion.......I could be wrong.


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Posted 21 March 2013 - 03:07 PM

Do you have budget for the motherboard and ram?


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Posted 26 March 2013 - 09:06 AM

dpunisher, killerx - thanks!

 

I've never overclocked - can you direct me to newbie's guides to doing it?

 

Motherboards - what is the difference between H61/H77/Z77?

 

RAM - is there any difference between 2x4GB DDR3 and 8GB? Recommended brands (1600 mhz)?



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Posted 26 March 2013 - 03:08 PM

The difference between those 3 chipsets are just really the bells and whistles where the Z77 is the best one out of the lot and there is no difference between those 2 ram apart from one being a ram kit and one being a single 8GB ram stick. 


Edited by killerx525, 26 March 2013 - 03:08 PM.

>Michael 
System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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