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

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=N82E16813157293

PowerCooler Radeon HD 7870 MYST. Edition (Tahiti LE) ttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131484


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.
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  1. 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-tower-case.html for your case id recommend these
  2. For "regular" gaming you cannot really go wrong with an I5.

    If you are considering Haswell, then go for the I5-4670K.
  3. higher clock does not mean faster processor
  4. Best answer
    http://cpuboss.com/cpus/Intel-Core-i5-4670K-vs-Intel-Core-i5-3570K
    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 $/year
    More than 30% lower annual commercial energy cost
  5. In regards to those saying go for haswell, those new z87 chipset motherboards are at least 50$ more expensive than comparable z77 chipset motherboards from intel.
  6. Cazzleck said:
    http://cpuboss.com/cpus/Intel-Core-i5-4670K-vs-Intel-Core-i5-3570K
    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).
  7. 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-overclock,3106-4.html
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