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Should I go with an Ivy Bridge or Haswell build?

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June 17, 2013 11:26:35 PM

I'm going to be using my computer for gaming, and I've heard that Haswell isn't much of an improvement over Ivy Bridge CPUs. I was planning on going with a 3570k or 4670k and probably a Z77 Extreme4 or Z78 Extreme4 depending on the CPU. I can get the above Ivy setup for about $255 and the Haswell for about $341 (I could also save a little more by going with a $110 MSI Z87). Which would you pick?

I also want to make sure that my RAM (2 sticks of BLT8G3D1608ET3LX0) is fine with these builds (should be according to Crucial's site), but I had some problems with another Z77 Extreme4 board which may have been defective.
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June 17, 2013 11:33:54 PM

Depends on your overall budget. If the ~$100 can grab you a better GPU because you are on a tight budget, then I would choose Ivy Bridge. Otherwise, get Haswell.
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June 18, 2013 4:30:22 AM

It really depends on how much you want to spend.

Haswell has nothing for gamers over Ivy Bridge. Since Haswell has just been released, you can expect the prices of motherboards to be a bit high with limited options for good budget boards.

If you are on a tight budget, you can go Ivy or even Sandy. You could buy an i5 2500K or even a 2700K for cheap if you find one and overclock it, since Sandy Bridge CPUs overclock better than IB and Haswell.
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June 18, 2013 4:55:46 AM

hafijur said:


Haswell offers a big advantage over ivy bridge for gamers on laptops as the gt3 hd 5200 gpu is on par with 650m on synthetic benchmarks. Haswell also takes a lot less power consumption on idle especially on laptops hence double the battery life.

To the op I would wait till a good deal on the 4670k comes up and buy then. IMO unless the older cpu is much cheaper its not worth getting it when new technology is out.


But he's on a desktop. I'm aware of the low power states and better graphics of Haswell.

As for buying older tech, Sandy Bridge is only about 15% slower than Haswell. It overclocks better, the motherboards are cheaper and so it the CPU itself. I think its still a good deal for people on a budget.

But yeah, as you said, unless its the whole platform is cheaper or he can find better at the same price, its better to go with the newer tech. If he finds an i7 2600K/2700K for around $200, then IMO, its worth it.
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