Upgrade? Sandy Bridge 2600k to Haswell? gaming/streaming

Hey guys. I really can't decide if it will be worth upgrading from a Sandy Bridge 2600k to Haswell.

I mainly game and stream while I game and I actually can max out my processor load while doing both at the same time especially considering certain games. (starcraft 2, black ops 2). Looking ahead at Battlefield 4 which I def will be getting I would want to stream + play without getting any lag by doing whatever I can to build my desktop up to a standard where it's usable.

Streaming I find takes up a lot of CPU and I don't know if Haswell would solve any of my issues when it comes to this.

I run a 2600k with SLI gtx 680's and 2300 mhz memory. I have the H100 water cooler for my CPU so I would bring that over as well. I also have the samsung 830 SSD, Vortex 4 and Intel SSDs that I'm running with. SO it would seem to me the most logical step in upgrading would be my CPU. But will I find that added help that I would need through Haswell?

I also run 20 meg internet with 3 meg upload so I'm not speaking on the network connection. It's my CPU bogging down that I'm worried about with my 2600k.

Thanks for any opinions/help!
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  1. Your not going to see a big difference, especially if your i7 2600k is a good overclocker. The only benefit I see going Z87 is all those SATA III ports, and that's about it
  2. Upgrade CPU? No way. It's not bottle-necking your system.

    Did you overclock the 2600k? I still can't imagine it bottle-necking.
  3. I'm surely no gamer, but perhaps **this** discussion will be of help.

    http://forums.x-plane.org/index.php?showtopic=59731&page=2

    Can getting a 10% cycle-boost from Haswell really solve any serious issue?

    David Springsteed said:
    Hey guys. I really can't decide if it will be worth upgrading from a Sandy Bridge 2600k to Haswell.

    I mainly game and stream while I game and I actually can max out my processor load while doing both at the same time especially considering certain games. (starcraft 2, black ops 2). Looking ahead at Battlefield 4 which I def will be getting I would want to stream + play without getting any lag by doing whatever I can to build my desktop up to a standard where it's usable.

    Streaming I find takes up a lot of CPU and I don't know if Haswell would solve any of my issues when it comes to this.

    I run a 2600k with SLI gtx 680's and 2300 mhz memory. I have the H100 water cooler for my CPU so I would bring that over as well. I also have the samsung 830 SSD, Vortex 4 and Intel SSDs that I'm running with. SO it would seem to me the most logical step in upgrading would be my CPU. But will I find that added help that I would need through Haswell?

    I also run 20 meg internet with 3 meg upload so I'm not speaking on the network connection. It's my CPU bogging down that I'm worried about with my 2600k.

    Thanks for any opinions/help!
  4. I have it overlocked to 4.7 , so yeah I realize Haswell won't be able to go that high cause of the temperatures. Just wasn't sure if the new architecture and a tic - tock would help with speed improvements.
  5. David Springsteed said:
    I have it overlocked to 4.7 , so yeah I realize Haswell won't be able to go that high cause of the temperatures. Just wasn't sure if the new architecture and a tic - tock would help with speed improvements.


    I would never replace a good overclocking chip like Sandy Bridge especially 2600k for a Haswell equivalent!
  6. Intel hasn't given Core i7-860 owners a reason to upgrade....with your 2600k you're set for quite a while to come...save your money :)
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