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Windows 7: I feel a little bit dirty but need your help !


14 Oct 2012   #1

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I feel a little bit dirty but need your help !

Ok I confess I'm a AMD guy, but I've ordered my first Intel mobo at a crazy discount ....which is how I do this hobby and why I've leaned strongly towards AMD for so long. So I bought the MSI P67A-GD80 (b3) see link: MSI USA ? Mainboard - P67A-GD80 (B3)
Now I'm shopping for ram and the CPU. Of course I want to give a modest overclock a go. I'd like peoples opinions and if they are actually running something similar their input would be great.
I'm leaning towards only Sandy's:
i5 2550k @ $239.99 usd
i7 2700k @ $319.99 usd
Corsair Dominator Platinum 4x4 @ 2133 @ $249.99usd
G.Skill Ripjaw X's 4x4 @ 2133 @ $175.99usd
Time is on my side so I will watch the ram but is time short to grab a Sandy? Will Intel continue to make these chips or have they moved on the Ivy and the supply out there is it?
Please help me to make a good next move as I feel a little like I've just cheated on a best friend.....lol Is feeling a little dirty a bad thing?

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14 Oct 2012   #2

Windows 7, 64 bit Home SP1, Win 8.1.1 Pro 64 bit
 
 

My new system, that I built primarily for my Sonar recording studio is using an i7 3770 and 16GB of GSkill ripsaw memory (type listed as compatible by motherboard vendor). The motherboard is a Gigabyte Z77X UD5H.
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14 Oct 2012   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Honestly, Intel is where its at currently. I wish AMD was more competetive at the higher end, but sadly they just aren't.

Nothing wrong with a SB build. They are still quite powerful and a good choice. The 2700K is a heck of a CPU too, especially if you do things that can take advantage of its HT.

In regards to the RAM, you may also consider 1866 speed. You will not be able to tell the difference in world use anyway. Although certain apps may perform ever so slightly better with the faster RAM though.
CAS latency will not make a difference on SB. With Intel, its all about raw clock speed.

1600-1866 is the sweet spot for SB. 2133 is a good choice, but it starts getting much more difficult to notice the gains in performance at these speeds. Diminishing returns I suppose is the term Im looking for, once you get over 1600 under SB.



Look at these prices at the Egg.
Newegg.com - Intel Core i7-2700K Sandy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623i72700K

Newegg.com - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9D-8GBXL

I really like Mushkin Redline RAM myself. IMHO, its superior to Dominators. But just a opinion.
I paired my 2700K with Redline Ridgebacks, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820226224 and it performs very well. No issues or complaints.
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14 Oct 2012   #4

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fireberd & Wishmaster, excellent information. I will strongly consider 1866 ram with great timings and that should save me some coin as well. Does anyone have an idea on the availability of the i7 2700k, is it something I should grab sooner than later of will it continue in production or inventories for a good while (1-3 months) ?
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14 Oct 2012   #5

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Alan, I have no idea about inventory's, but I am running a 2600K on an Asrock P67 (B3) as we speak. I am running G Skill Ripjaws X 1866 ram in it. I have run the 2133 in it also. Either works very well, but as Wishmaster said, I can tell no difference in speed. I guess technically, there must be a slight difference, but nothing that you will notice except in benchmarks. I was an AMD guy too before I went with the Intel CPU's. I can tell you that I really don't understand, but 4.5GHz is one heck of a lot faster on an Intel than the same frequency on an AMD. And, BTW, I think the Corsair Platinum is overrated and overpriced.

EDIT: after thinking about it, I would suspect that Intel will be pushing the Ivy bridge chips and there will be dwindling stocks of Sandy Bridge. Just my opinion, not based on any fact. But, it is Intel and AMD does pretty much the same.
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14 Oct 2012   #6

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Thanks Steve, all this info is great to know and with any luck I'll score a discounted 2700k and then move on to watch for the ram to hit a discount along with other needed items.
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14 Oct 2012   #7

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OK so the more I read about the i7 3770k Ivy Bridge the more I'm liking it....what do folks think of the real world differences between a 3770k and a 2700k i7's?
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14 Oct 2012   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linnemeyerhere View Post
Please help me to make a good next move as I feel a little like I've just cheated on a best friend.....lol Is feeling a little dirty a bad thing?
You disgust me.............
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14 Oct 2012   #9

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Yes I'm feeling a bit naughty bigmck ! lol
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14 Oct 2012   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

No hands on experience mind you, but from what I can gather, in a nutshell ...

They run a bit warmer at the same speeds vs a Sandy Bridge but perform slightly better clock for clock.


Im sure someone thats had both will be along shortly that can give a detailed comparison.
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