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i5-3570K vs i7-3770K for GTX 770 SLI

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June 1, 2013 1:39:23 AM

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.

Thanks in advance!
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June 1, 2013 1:41:50 AM

Nope, there will be no almost no difference from the I5 tot he I7... Especially if you OC.

Wait for Haswel though...
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June 1, 2013 1:43:54 AM

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.
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June 1, 2013 2:00:36 AM

Novuake said:
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?

ksham said:
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.
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June 1, 2013 2:03:23 AM

Unless you're playing on more than one monitor, there's no need to SLI just yet.
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June 1, 2013 2:18:32 AM

Yes, mobo are getting more and more just a PCB, lol.
But not mobo won't be cheaper, they will probably just have better sound cards and that sort of thing.
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