The title explains the issue. Which should I buy for a high end SLI rig? My main concern is the CPU bottlenecking the 2x 770s. Will there be a bottleneck with the i5? If yes, will the i7 relieve the bottleneck in any appreciable way? I can't find any info on the net. All of the benchmarks I've seen only use a single GPU.
I'm on a very tight budget, and the i7 will run me $64 more than the i5. Money I'd rather not spend if I don't have to.
Nope, there will be no almost no difference from the I5 tot he I7... Especially if you OC.
Wait for Haswel though...
I'll wait for it since it's coming out in 2 days. But I'm curious as to what it'll do for me. I'll spend $30ish more for CPU+Mobo, but probably not more since the TDP is higher for Haswell. I was wondering though, considering the fact that Haswell has built-in VRMs, will the mobos be cheaper? Also, will the increase in CPU power consumption lead to lower Mobo power consumption and balance things out?
I wouldn't call any build with SLI GTX 770 to be on a tight budget. The Intel Core i5-3570K will be fine up until you game on three monitors at 120Hz.
Lol...trust me when I say I'm on a tight budget. $550 bucks max of everything but the cards. $500 is preferred. This is my first SLI build, and I don't have the luxury of expensive builds. I'm using old parts, waiting for promo discounts to appear, etc etc. I'm a veteran builder, so I know where I can cut corners and where I can't. But since I've never gone SLI before, I need a second opinion.