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Intel Core i7-3770 Ivy Bridge Quad-Core 3.4GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Easy to install, and runs cooler than my old i3!

What can I say. It's a CPU, and it's the fastest my motherboard takes. I highly doubt I will ever purchase one of the even higher-end chips, so this is great.

The chip is easy to install, and even with the stock cooler -- under high load -- the temps are within normal ranges.

Cons: Expensive, probably overkill for most people.

Put simply: I think most people would LOVE my old Intel Core i3. So unless you are doing video editing, video rendering, or complicated emulation, etc. -- Save some cash.

Other Thoughts: I just upgraded from an Intel Core i3 2100 to this. The difference is actually quite subtle on most tasks, but where it shines is Premiere CC --- I don't use CUDA, so I can actually have sane render times for simple effects. As in, what would take an hour or more on the old i3 is much more reasonable with this chip.

A standard definition MPEG-2 DVD render that is an hour long clip is faster than real-time, with the maximum quality settings within the main concept encoder.

I don't make BluRay discs -- That's best left to a mastering house. That being said, the HD MPEG-2 renders are also acceptable in terms of speed. H.264 as well.

Also, this chip makes encoding with x264 [using the slow settings] much more sane, as expected!

Considering the fact that I dealt with an old Athlon 64X2 from 2007-2013, I know this chip will last me for a few years. Most likely, I will build a new machine once there is a 5th or 6th generation i7 -- Or whatever comes next, with this box being another to keep around!

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BIOSTAR B75MU3+ LGA 1155 Intel B75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs *Minor Correction to my previous 5 egg review. :) 04/17/2014

This review is from: BIOSTAR B75MU3+ LGA 1155 Intel B75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Same as my previous review -- Good all around.

Cons: Socket LGA 1155 is dead.

Other Thoughts: Not sure how I did not notice this, but the board DOES allow you to access a boot selection menu!

It's the F9 key for "BBS Popup."

"Fail" on my part!

Cheers!

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CORSAIR CX series CX600 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Seems to be good after a year of constant use! 04/15/2014

This review is from: CORSAIR CX series CX600 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

Pros: I have had this running for about a year in my LGA-1155 system. At times, I have left the computer on for more than 14 days in a row. No problems so far!

Cons: Might not be enough watts for your requirements. Not modular. There may be an ozone odour upon startup for the first time.

Other Thoughts: What can I say -- It works, and seems to be pretty solid!

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Display Name: Michael M.

Date Joined: 05/24/12

  • Reviews: 5
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  • First Review: 04/14/14
  • Last Review: 04/24/14
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