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A new build..... Haswell or Ivy Bridge??

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June 25, 2013 1:40:09 AM

Hehe, first post on toms hardware...
I am going to build a PC..... specs are as follows

Gigabyte GA H77 UD3H (INR 5,800)
Intel i5 3570 (non K) (INR 13,200)
Kingston HyperX 8GB DDR3 RAM (4GBx2) (INR 4,300)
Seagate 1 TB HDD
(INR 4,100)
ADATA S6000 Pro 64GB SSD
(INR 4,400)
MSI NVIDIA N660-2GD5/OC GFX
(INR 14,400)
NZXT Guardian 921 RB
(INR 4,600)
HP 1260i DVD drive
(INR 1,400)
and finally,
Seasonic S12II 520W (INR 4,500) (Already bought it)

Now, the thing being that I'm from India..
Not a good place to buy parts.... but still much better than buying a pre-built one..

My friend is suggesting me to build PCs around Haswell processors.. Currently, just to give you an idea of prices, I have two websites

http://www.flipkart.com/computers/components?_pop=flyou...
and
www.primeabgb.com

I'm pretty much at the end of my budget and can hardly stretch 1,000 rupees more....

At a similar price, I can get Asus B85m-g and a i5 4430 processor...

Which config is better? And also, can I disable the C6/C7 Power state on my Mobo?? Please reply quickly.. Thanks in Advance!
June 25, 2013 1:58:43 AM

I would say go with the Haswell setup. The performance difference isn't a lot but there is still an increase. Also, socket 1155 is basically dead now and going with Haswell and socket 1150 will give you a potential upgrade path for the future. While its not worth it for someone to upgrade from Ivy to Haswell, it is worth it to do a fresh build with it.

As for disabling the power states, I am not sure. I haven't had anyone request that in a build so haven't looked in the BIOS for that.
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June 25, 2013 2:01:23 AM

Martell1977 said:
I would say go with the Haswell setup. The performance difference isn't a lot but there is still an increase. Also, socket 1155 is basically dead now and going with Haswell and socket 1150 will give you a potential upgrade path for the future. While its not worth it for someone to upgrade from Ivy to Haswell, it is worth it to do a fresh build with it.

As for disabling the power states, I am not sure. I haven't had anyone request that in a build so haven't looked in the BIOS for that.


The power state thing is the only problem stopping me from getting a Haswell mobo and processor...
3570 operates at 3.4 GHz (3.8 turbo)
4430 operates at 3.0 GHz (3.2 turbo)

How the hell 4430 is gonna give better gaming performance than a 3570..........

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June 25, 2013 2:36:19 AM

From what I'm reading online, customizing or completely disabling the C-states is supported in the ASUS BIOS. Basically setting the computer to run in C0 state 24/7.
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June 25, 2013 2:57:05 AM

Martell1977 said:
From what I'm reading online, customizing or completely disabling the C-states is supported in the ASUS BIOS. Basically setting the computer to run in C0 state 24/7.


But sacrificing an extra 0.4 GHz just for the sake of "future proofing" is not making quite much of a sense... I mean that after building my new PC, I'm gonna stick with it for at least 3 years before I even think for an upgrade.......
By that time, Intel could be releasing it's new socket already...... Haswell is hardly incremental in performance as far as gaming is concerned.. it may be better in video encoding, and all that stuff.... But I'm only considered about gaming....
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