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i7-3820 or i7-3930K if I use only one gpu (NVIDIA 780)

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June 3, 2013 9:24:36 AM

I don't want to waste my money in a processor that will make 1-5% boost in performance when gaming. I need advice! The computer will be only used for gaming.
June 3, 2013 9:30:24 AM

Get a 3570K and an 1155 motherboard or a new 4770k and an 1150 motherboard. Both would pair well with a 780 for gaming and save you $$$s. You don't need a socket 2011 board if you're looking to just game.
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June 3, 2013 10:01:14 AM

I agree with ubercake.

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June 3, 2013 10:47:50 AM

Most games can use only 2-3 cores. They depend on the graphics configuration more.
There are some exceptions like FSX or BF3 multiplayer which are cpu dependent.
But, by and large an overclocked quad w/o hyperthreading(i5) is about as good as it gets for gaming.
I might suggest a 4670K and any Z87 based motherboard would be appropriate for a GTX780.
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June 3, 2013 11:34:34 AM

geofelt said:
Most games can use only 2-3 cores. They depend on the graphics configuration more.
There are some exceptions like FSX or BF3 multiplayer which are cpu dependent.
But, by and large an overclocked quad w/o hyperthreading(i5) is about as good as it gets for gaming.
I might suggest a 4670K and any Z87 based motherboard would be appropriate for a GTX780.


Definitely another good option.
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June 3, 2013 11:58:05 AM

Haswell isn't a strong enough improvement to justify the extra expense unless you just want to spend the money. At this point, I would say go i5-3570k and wait and see what comes with Skylake. At the rate Intel CPUs are improving, you'll still be good by then.
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June 3, 2013 2:32:24 PM

The best price I have seen for 3570K is $190 @ microcenter for walk in's.
They sell 4670K for $200. The price/performance is about the same, but there is some good stuff in Z87 vs Z77 motherboards.
Upgrading from 3570K to 4670K is not a great value, fur for a new build, Z87 and 4670K seems like the way to go.
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June 3, 2013 2:35:52 PM

Here's Tom's review...that should help you decide:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/core-i7-4770k-haswe...
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