Moving From Intel Ivy Bridge 3770K to Intel Broadwell 5775C

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Final Thoughts and Conclusions

Intel announced a pair of socketed desktop Broadwell processors on June 2, 2015 and getting your hands on the nearly two month old processor is still next to impossible. Amazon shows an in-stock date of August 16th for the Intel Core i7-5775C processor that we used today for this piece.  Unfortunately that date is after the rumored launch date for Intel 6th Generation Skylake processor and the new Z170 platform. Most hardcore enthusiasts are waiting for Skylake as they want the latest processor and new 100-series chipset board with the new CPU socket and DDR4 memory support. The fact that you’ll likely be able to buy a Skylake processor on Amazon or Newegg before Broadwell is very unusual, but Broadwell was badly delayed. If you happen to find a Broadwell processor in the months ahead for a good price it might make for an interesting build. We wanted to update a PC with integrated graphics and we think the Broadwell processor gave us a nice little performance boost over the Ivy Bridge processor that we were using. We got a much faster feeling system thanks to recent advances in storage drives and ended up with a better overall system. The processor improvements are welcomed, but so is the improved audio, power efficiency, USB 3.1 ports, Intel I218V Gigabit LAN and so on. We are happy with the overall system build, but we did run into one minor Windows 7 sleep issue and have let Intel and ASUS know about it. Chances are they’ll be able to release another UEFI/BIOS update and fix the issue!

2015 Broadwell Build


The 2015 update of our ‘Dream Mini ITX Build’ runs just under $1330 shipped for all the parts. After you add in a case a DDR3 memory kit you should be able to duplicate the core system build here for $1500.

  • Intel Core i7-5775C Broadwell Processor – $366.00
  • ASUS MAXIMUS VII Impact (Intel Z97) Motherboard – $219.99
  • NZXT Kraken X41 CPU Water Cooler – $108.99
  • Kingston HyperX Predator 480GB PCIe Gen 2 x 4 SSD – $475.48
  • EVGA Supernova 650 P2 80 Plus Platinum Power Supply – $119.99
  • ASUS Dual Type-A USB 3.1 PCIe Add-In Card – $38.15

This will likely be our final article on Broadwell as we will shift our focus to Skylake from this point on. If you have any Broadwell questions be sure to ask and we’ll try to answer them for you.

Intel Broadwell Coverage on Legit Reviews: 

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  • actually the very best gaming cpu on the planet still when paired with a 1080ti or Titan Xp. Boy, did you guys ever goof this one up!
    Or, more likely were paid by Intel to sabotage this awesome gaming cpu. WHAT a shill.

  • Shadownet

    Oddly enough, 6 months later and they all did make high end DDR3L kits, up to at least 2133 from Corsair. They’re more expensive at the moment than the DDR4 kits… so their point is kind of moot except for those who are still on older systems and want the low voltage for a later incremental upgrade, but if prices and availability are any indication, they’re going to not be available for much longer.

  • Grinder

    Love the hate people give. Other people spend money and give you a review for free and you have a negative comment. If Legit Reviews want to spend $1330 on a new office computer , then they can. Obviously they are after the Iris Pro and not a dGPU. I wish people could keep their stinking negative opinions to themselves. One thing wrong with this world, too many ****ing opinions.

  • MoogleStiltzkin

    also though you specifically mention this was a case scenario from ivy bridge 3770k to a broadwell, though interesting, it would also be nice if you had made a 2nd scenario for a more typical gamer user.

    the integrated graphics doesn’t do much for gamers. so skylakes lack of isn’t really an issue. also like ano mentions it’s better anyway.

  • anonomous72663

    $1330 for ~10% improvement, or get a dedicated graphics card for $300 and a 500% improvement in the graphics performance. Your conclusion should have stated, take the G card option, upgrading anything else would be the behavior of a madman – utterly pointless.

    • Yar Nunya

      Obviously you can read, maybe you’re just too dense to read it all… This machine is for office drone duty. Why would you need a $300 GPU to run office apps?

      • Virtual Insanity

        I agree with the $1330 for 10%
        The article only states that the ability to drive a 4K display was the only real thing lacking.
        An $80 discrete graphics card would have done the job.
        i7 and water cooling for what is admitted to be an office machine?

        Efficiency counts for more than just watts of power drawn from the wall.
        Superfluous upgrading is far from efficient, encouraging the manufacture of goods unnecessarily.

        Appreciate the content, but feel the point is lost, not sure what is trying to be achieved.