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Too many CPU choices for a new build! Can you help me decide?

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July 20, 2013 10:58:23 PM

I'm currently in the process of choosing parts for a new build of mine. This is going to primarily be a gaming PC.

i5 3570k / fx-8350 / i7 3770k? the 8350 is faster overall but the i5 beats the pants off of it when it comes to gaming. And i'm not sure the huge price tag of the i7 is worth it just for HT.

ASRock Z77 Extreme4
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PowerCooler Radeon HD 7870 MYST. Edition (Tahiti LE) ttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681413148...


I have a spare SSD + 8gb of RAM + 550W PSU + DVD-RW laying around.

Should i invest in a larger CPU heatsink? And does anyone know of a good sub 100 $ mid-tower case which has build in air filters?

Thanks for taking time out of your day just to help me as well, I greatly appreciate it.
July 20, 2013 11:02:28 PM

go with the new haswell i5 4670k same price or maybe 40 more and is the new chip out currently and it is 5% faster i think form what ive read and seen, but for just a bit more you can have the newest processor out since your building new and its what im going with, and it was recommened to me

http://www.nzxt.com/product/detail/95-phantom-410-mid-t... for your case id recommend these
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July 20, 2013 11:32:52 PM

For "regular" gaming you cannot really go wrong with an I5.

If you are considering Haswell, then go for the I5-4670K.
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July 20, 2013 11:40:06 PM

higher clock does not mean faster processor
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July 20, 2013 11:44:48 PM

http://cpuboss.com/cpus/Intel-Core-i5-4670K-vs-Intel-Co...
Lower typical power consumption 68.25W vs 107.5W More than 35% lower typical power consumption
Better performance per watt 13.43 pt/W vs 8.24 pt/W Around 65% better performance per watt
Better turbo clock speed 1,200 MHz vs 1,150 MHz
Around 5% better turbo clock speed
Better PassMark (Single core) score 2,140 vs 2,012
More than 5% better PassMark (Single core) score
Better cinebench r10 32Bit 1-core score 7,335 vs 6,557
More than 10% better cinebench r10 32Bit 1-core score
Better cinebench r10 32Bit score 25,519 vs 22,742
More than 10% better cinebench r10 32Bit score
Significantly lower annual home energy cost 20.24 $/year vs 38.81 $/year Around 50% lower annual home energy cost
Slightly better performance per dollar 5 pt/$ vs 4.53 pt/$
More than 10% better performance per dollar
Lower annual commercial energy cost 73.58 $/year vs 106 $/year
More than 30% lower annual commercial energy cost
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July 21, 2013 7:52:01 AM

In regards to those saying go for haswell, those new z87 chipset motherboards are at least 50$ more expensive than comparable z77 chipset motherboards from intel.
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July 21, 2013 7:54:39 AM

Cazzleck said:
http://cpuboss.com/cpus/Intel-Core-i5-4670K-vs-Intel-Co...
Lower typical power consumption 68.25W vs 107.5W More than 35% lower typical power consumption
Better performance per watt 13.43 pt/W vs 8.24 pt/W Around 65% better performance per watt
Better turbo clock speed 1,200 MHz vs 1,150 MHz
Around 5% better turbo clock speed
Better PassMark (Single core) score 2,140 vs 2,012
More than 5% better PassMark (Single core) score
Better cinebench r10 32Bit 1-core score 7,335 vs 6,557
More than 10% better cinebench r10 32Bit 1-core score
Better cinebench r10 32Bit score 25,519 vs 22,742
More than 10% better cinebench r10 32Bit score
Significantly lower annual home energy cost 20.24 $/year vs 38.81 $/year Around 50% lower annual home energy cost
Slightly better performance per dollar 5 pt/$ vs 4.53 pt/$
More than 10% better performance per dollar
Lower annual commercial energy cost 73.58 $/year vs 106 $/year
More than 30% lower annual commercial energy cost


I understand that intel is better performance per unit of power, but the raw power of the 8350 just blows an i5 away. Once you move away from HT and single core performance, the 8350 literally beats the i5 in almost all areas if i'm not mistaken (which i very well could be).
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July 21, 2013 8:01:57 AM

Also, in regards to tomshardware's own post about best gaming cpus for the money for June, they still chose an i5 3350p and an i5 3570k over haswell. It makes me wary of haswell even more since tomshardware reviewers themselves aren't that impressed by the latest and greatest from intel.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-o...
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