Originally Posted by Freakin
At this point I'm unwilling to use a board that isn't supermicro, asus or gigabyte.
I also want an Intel chip for LAN instead of marvell or realtek.
don't care about wifi
not an audiophile so quality of audio chipset doesn't matter to me much
I have a hard time meeting my requirements on the cheaper boards.
i7 makes sense. a little conflicted between 2700k and 3770k. Is the main difference between z77 and z68 the integrated USB3 and HD4000?
I hate to buy a chipset that is going to be 2 generations behind in 6 months...
The HD4000 is on the chip itself. Z77 has USB3 yes, but there are a few small features and it's not that big a difference from Z77. I have the 2700k in a Z77 board as it happens but it probably doesn't make a huge difference.
in desktops the 3770k and 2700k are really close across most benchmarks. The 2700k makes less heat as you crank it up, but the 3770k has a few perks too with the better IGP and I think some special video editing thing. Roughly here's how they compare: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...k,3181-24.html
On the whole it's just a few percentage points but again you might have some more overclocking headroom on the 2700k. Then there's the price difference. I don't see a whole lot of difference between the two or the 2600k for that matter either. Maybe $15 worth of difference if that.
As far as being obsolete before long, meh. The next gen is being hyped by every tech site there is but those don't always pan out and that's probably a year out, or more with delays. In general, CPUs are so far ahead of the curve today I wouldn't even worry about it. People can build respectable gaming and general use systems with a $60 chip anymore. We're already kind of spoiled with what's out there for under $300 as far as elite chips.
Really I'm tired of upgrading. Just bought arguably the fastest SSD in the 240-256GB range and a USB 3.0 front panel to go with an already baller system that makes no noise.
I've even got Windows 8 working out, even if it is a little odd. At least I haven't brought myself to buy another Windows 7 license to get away from it (yet), so I guess we'll see how I feel after another 5 months once it's not free and I have to choose which OS to pay for.