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i7 4770k vs i7 3770k (Price Performance, Overclocking etc)

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June 27, 2013 8:09:48 AM

So I have the money to buy the new Haswell Intel i7-4770k with an Msi Z87-G41 motherboard from my local Microcenter for about $339. But I'm contemplating on whether I should get that or opt for the older, cheaper Ivy Bridge i7-3770k with an Msi Z77 motherboard from that Microcenter for $294, $45 cheaper than the Haswell option. I desperately need the upgrade from the Phenom II X4 965 BE I have right now.

I've heard lots of things about the Haswell CPU, such as it's not as good in overclocking and it runs a lot hotter and louder than the Ivy Bridge. Of course, the Haswell beats out the Ivy-Bridge nearly in every test, but is it really worth the difference?

I do plan on overclocking my CPU, but nothing too "extreme". I also prefer the quieter option of the two (I have an unopened Hyper 212 EVO I bought at Microcenter a couple weeks ago). I plan on gaming, doing a lot of video editing and rendering, and general internet browsing and Youtube.

Any other questions about my scenario, please ask, and I'll be happy to answer.

Any input would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!
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June 27, 2013 8:39:43 AM

Check out this thread. But, if you are going to just be gaming and doing video editing and don't care about the 2 minutes of rendering you will be saving with the 4770k, then go with the 3770k and spend the extra money on a better GPU. Also I have heard that the 4770k is not that good at overclocking.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/core-i7-4770k-haswe...
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June 27, 2013 8:42:32 AM

As one of the few Haswell owners on the forum a lot of the info floating around is incorrect.

Haswell and ivy are very comparable when it comes to temps and overclocking headroom. Most will top out around 4.6ghz on air cooling and 1.3v.

If you're buying new there is no point to even consider ivy. Dead socket, no upgrade path. Grab a 4670K or 4770K and a better mobo. The g41 sucks. Any Haswell or ivy questions just post them up. I came from a 4.8ghz 3770K
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June 28, 2013 9:30:25 AM

I agree on going for the i7 4770k but I don't think the 1150 socket will give you much of an upgrade path as rumour has it that Intell is planning their new Broadwell chip soldered to the motherboard.

Also the general findings are Haswell indeed runs about 10% hotter than the Ivy.
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June 28, 2013 9:38:20 AM

Spiritos said:
I agree on going for the i7 4770k but I don't think the 1150 socket will give you much of an upgrade path as rumour has it that Intell is planning their new Broadwell chip soldered to the motherboard.

Also the general findings are Haswell indeed runs about 10% hotter than the Ivy.


Broadwell BGA are just rumors for the desktop. In fact we might not even get 14nm till they release Skylake. Right now its looking like the OEM's will be getting BGA and the mainstream desktop users will stay LGA.

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June 28, 2013 10:03:56 AM

Well, personally I'm hoping Intell will ditch the unholy idea of going BGA as that will mean the death of desktop industry and PC enthusiasts but the rumours are quite persistant and widespread. As far as I've heard Broadwell IS a 14nm and thus basically a SOC and it will make me think very hard of switching to AMD as Intell's nasty reputation of introducing a new socket with each new release is making it increasingly harder to digest for me.
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