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July 27, 2013 8:53:19 AM

OK. I am currently building a Gaming desktop. I want it to be reasonably future resistant, I intend on using 1 GTX 780 with the aim of further down the line going dual-sli with it. I was just going to go with an Asus-gryphon but found a good deal where for practically the same price I can get an Asus Maximus VI hero, now I know I don't need 4 (hell prob not even 2) Gtx 780's for todays demands, but having the ability to go higher is not a bad thing.. For now I will be using a 650W Corsair Enthusiast Series. I'll upgrade the PSU if I ever see the need to use 2 or more sli. The question now comes:

will I better off with an i7-4770k or an i5-4670k for gaming on a single screen 1920x1080 (3 screens at a later date). Or save a little more and fork in for an i7-3930k. I have Corsair H100i cooling inside a CoolerMaster Haf-X Full tower.

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July 27, 2013 8:58:20 AM

Grab the i5-4670K. The only benefit to having an i7 is hyper threading, which no games can really take advantage of, and likely never will. Hyperthreading is really only beneficial when editing. Also, i suggest going with dual 770 4GB. You will get much more performance per dollar than dual 780's. To run it, i suggest this PSU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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July 27, 2013 9:01:51 AM

If you are just gaming, the standard advice would be 4670K and 8 GB. There may be a game or two that gets helped a little by a 4770k and many think those number will increase ..... It also helps if you multitask..... do other things in background while gaming ? As to whether HT is worth $100 ? That's a question only you can answer.

As for RAM, everything is better with more, faster and lower case RAM. many argue it has no impact in gaming but test results show otherwise.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/2792/12

22.3 % (SLI) increase in minimum frame rates w/ C6 instead of C8 in Far Cry 2
18% (single card) / 5% (SLI) increase in minimum frame rates w/ C6 instead of C8 in Dawn of War
15% (single card) / 5% (SLI) increase in minimum frame rates w/ C6 instead of C8 in World in Conflict

Also see http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/memory/2011/01/11/the-...

Finally .... this should end the argument
http://www.anandtech.com/show/6372/memory-performance-1...

As to whatz better lower CAS or faster speed .... lower ns is faster

(CAS / Frequency (MHz)) × 1000 = X ns

If ya gonna pay $650 for a 780, I'd recommend twin 770s for $800.

And Id recommend not going paying for same thing twice.... buying a 650 watter now to replace it with a 850 watter later is counterproductive. One 780 will also be light for 3 screens (27 fps in metro) .....2 770s does 38.5

http://uk.hardware.info/reviews/4440/31/nvidia-geforce-...

If ya not in a rush.....Maximus Formula VI MoBo / Poseidon GTX 770s should be dropping soon


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July 27, 2013 9:11:18 AM

expl0itfinder said:
Grab the i5-4670K. The only benefit to having an i7 is hyper threading, which no games can really take advantage of, and likely never will. Hyperthreading is really only beneficial when editing. Also, i suggest going with dual 770 4GB. You will get much more performance per dollar than dual 780's. To run it, i suggest this PSU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


I will look into your advice with the 4gb 770 =] thank you for that. And JankNaylorPE Thank you for the solution! I will be making a saving starting out with 1 4gb 770 over 1 780 and going dual later so with that saving I'll extend to the i7-4770k in the hopes that with more time it will prove cost effective.

Thanks again!
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July 27, 2013 9:13:33 AM

Simon Hall said:
expl0itfinder said:
Grab the i5-4670K. The only benefit to having an i7 is hyper threading, which no games can really take advantage of, and likely never will. Hyperthreading is really only beneficial when editing. Also, i suggest going with dual 770 4GB. You will get much more performance per dollar than dual 780's. To run it, i suggest this PSU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


I will look into your advice with the 4gb 770 =] thank you for that. And JankNaylorPE Thank you for the solution! I will be making a saving starting out with 1 4gb 770 over 1 780 and going dual later so with that saving I'll extend to the i7-4770k in the hopes that with more time it will prove cost effective.

Thanks again!


Sounds good! Happy gaming.
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August 3, 2013 9:03:57 AM

JackNaylorPE said:
If you are just gaming, the standard advice would be 4670K and 8 GB. There may be a game or two that gets helped a little by a 4770k and many think those number will increase ..... It also helps if you multitask..... do other things in background while gaming ? As to whether HT is worth $100 ? That's a question only you can answer.

As for RAM, everything is better with more, faster and lower case RAM. many argue it has no impact in gaming but test results show otherwise.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/2792/12

22.3 % (SLI) increase in minimum frame rates w/ C6 instead of C8 in Far Cry 2
18% (single card) / 5% (SLI) increase in minimum frame rates w/ C6 instead of C8 in Dawn of War
15% (single card) / 5% (SLI) increase in minimum frame rates w/ C6 instead of C8 in World in Conflict

Also see http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/memory/2011/01/11/the-...

Finally .... this should end the argument
http://www.anandtech.com/show/6372/memory-performance-1...

As to whatz better lower CAS or faster speed .... lower ns is faster

(CAS / Frequency (MHz)) × 1000 = X ns

If ya gonna pay $650 for a 780, I'd recommend twin 770s for $800.

And Id recommend not going paying for same thing twice.... buying a 650 watter now to replace it with a 850 watter later is counterproductive. One 780 will also be light for 3 screens (27 fps in metro) .....2 770s does 38.5

http://uk.hardware.info/reviews/4440/31/nvidia-geforce-...

If ya not in a rush.....Maximus Formula VI MoBo / Poseidon GTX 770s should be dropping soon




Would it be more advantageous to get a stronger power supply if the computer is doing high stress rendering for days? Does this somehow positively affect the system's longevity? Less draw and isn't nearly capping out a power supply constantly for days on end, does it matter?
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