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i7 3770k with HD 7850 vs 8350 with HD 7870?

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July 25, 2013 5:32:39 PM

I am building a new rig and I can't decide between the two. But I do plan to upgrade the GPU within about 9 months. Which CPU and GPU combo should I go for at the moment to last me those 9 months. I do plan to play games, render videos, and edit some, so please leave the 4670k out of this. As for the 4770k, I am able to buy the 3770k for $50 less and I am aware that the performance is barely distinguishable. Thanks for any replies.

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July 25, 2013 5:41:43 PM

why not get a 3570k & a 7870? Games won't care about the 3770k's HT anyways

EDIT: as for editing etc, the 3570k or 4670k will be fine ... rendering videos isn't to bad anyways
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July 25, 2013 5:46:02 PM

Well, which is more important? Gaming or rendering? You'll get better gaming performance from the 8350 and 7870ghz edition than you will from the 3770k and 7850. Your rendering will be slightly slower though. When you upgrade your gpu to presumably the same one you'd get regardless of Cpu, you'll be at a disadvantage in gaming with the 8350. Right now the 7870ghz is 169.99 after MiR, and should probably be the video card you get regardless of Cpu right now. So, if you have the money, I'd get the 3770k with 7870ghz edition: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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July 25, 2013 5:48:18 PM

Edit: I plan on upgrading to a pretty high end gpu using nVidia's 20nm architecture coming out around May of next year.
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July 25, 2013 6:04:07 PM

I know what you said about the 4770k, but it's actually cheaper right now than the 3770k, so:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($307.27 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $477.26
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-25 21:00 EDT-0400)

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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($194.66 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($255.91 @ Newegg)
Total: $450.57
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-25 21:01 EDT-0400)

So again, for games you'd actually get better performance from the 8350 and 760 than the 4770k and 7870ghz edition. If you live near a microcenter you can save even more money and it will change what video card I'd recommend with each Cpu for about the same money spent. If you plan on getting a new video card next year, I'd "suffer" with the 7870ghz and just get the 4770k. It's not a bad video card at all, and the Cpu will benefit you more when you get a new video card, in addition to the gains for rendering video.

:edit: The 3770k is 30 dollars cheaper than the 4770k if you live near a Microcenter. Other than that, unless you live near a great brick and mortar store, or have a good deal somewhere, I'd just get the 4770k for the 30 dollars difference. 50 dollars, yeah, stick with the 3770k.
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July 26, 2013 6:19:31 AM

Swordkd said:
I know what you said about the 4770k, but it's actually cheaper right now than the 3770k, so:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($307.27 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $477.26
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-25 21:00 EDT-0400)

VS.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($194.66 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($255.91 @ Newegg)
Total: $450.57
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-25 21:01 EDT-0400)

So again, for games you'd actually get better performance from the 8350 and 760 than the 4770k and 7870ghz edition. If you live near a microcenter you can save even more money and it will change what video card I'd recommend with each Cpu for about the same money spent. If you plan on getting a new video card next year, I'd "suffer" with the 7870ghz and just get the 4770k. It's not a bad video card at all, and the Cpu will benefit you more when you get a new video card, in addition to the gains for rendering video.

:edit: The 3770k is 30 dollars cheaper than the 4770k if you live near a Microcenter. Other than that, unless you live near a great brick and mortar store, or have a good deal somewhere, I'd just get the 4770k for the 30 dollars difference. 50 dollars, yeah, stick with the 3770k.


Yeah, I live next to a Microcenter so CPU+MOBO combos usually cost me $70ish dollars less than they would on newegg. Thanks for the reply, I think i'll get the 3770k as I will be upgrading later on.

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