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  1. #1

    i7 peripherals

    I need suggestions for a motherboard & graphics card to go with this CPU & Widows 8 PRO & Mucho Memory.
    I can't really afford it but I've saved for it (or most of it) It is intended as a game machine for my grandson as a gift and money is limited.

    Intel Core i7-3770K Processor - Quad Core, 8MB L3 Cache, 3.50GHz (3.90GHz Max Turbo), Socket H2 (LGA1155), 77W, Fan, Unlocked, Retail (BX80667i73770K)

    Which is better ? Affordable?
    CrossFireX Ready
    SLI Ready
    4-Way SLI
    Quad-GPU CrossFireX
    3-Way CrossFireX
    Quad-GPU SLI

    Thank you

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    I don't really want to write an essay, but...

    I suggest going for the I5-3570k rather than the I7. Same number of cores, but without hyperthreading. (The value of hyperthreading for gaming may be limited.) That'll save roughly $100.

    For the graphics card, what's your budget? At the moment, I believe that the best $200 graphics card is based on the Radeon HD 7850 chipset. (I prefer nVidia's drivers, but I have used both makers cards.) You may not get a good gaming graphics card for much less than that.

    You probably want a board with a Z77 chipset. Serviceable ones are available for less than $100. Asrock may be the most respected name for relatively low-cost boards.
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