I don’t think there’s any compelling reason to move from an Ivy Bridge or even a Sandy Bridge based system to a Haswell system– there simply isn’t enough performance and feature differential to justify it. On the other hand, if you’re building a new rig from scratch, there’s little point in investing in end-of-life platforms, so going Haswell/Z87 makes sense.
Yes, no argument that IB is a better overclocker....on average it out overclocks the HW CPUs by 6% ..... however, HW starts outv10-15% faster outta the gate at stock speeds, so it never quite catches up.
As to other components, things you might consider if so inclined.
BTW, if it's a gaming PC, why the i7 ? Hyperthreading isn't going to help gaming, so the question to ask is ... is the extra 0.1 GHz worth $100 ? Also, remember the extra cores from hyperthreading reduce overclocking potential.
For what ya paying for the moBo / CPU combo $465, you could have a much much better MoBo....Don't take my word for it, do some checking ..... both below have MIL spec components for hard use and long life, MoBo awards up the gazoo, very good user reviews and numerous OC championships.
MSI has been using components that meet or exceed MIL-STD-810G for some time as part of its Military Class build philosophy. Parts such as Super Ferrite Chokes that run at up to 35 degree Celsius lower temperatures, have a 30% higher current handling capacity, and a 20% improvement in power efficiency; Tantalum filled Hi-C Caps that are are up to 93% efficient; and "Dark Capacitors" that feature Lower ESR and a ten-year lifespan all tied into a PCB with improved temperature and humidity protections as part of the "Military Essentials" package......In the end MSI's Z87-GD65 is a board that comes with an expansive feature set that includes all your basics and the extras that set them apart such as the V-Check points, upper end audio, Dual BIOS ROMs, KIller Network package, Military Class IV package, and a three-year warranty. Couple that with good looks that carry the dragon theme through the board, and you have a winning combination at $189.
Now and again a motherboard appears that is so obviously brilliant, and so affordable, that we wonder if anything will be able to top it. For a while that crown was held by the ASUS Sabertooth, both in X58 and then P67 variants. Then MSI stole the crown with the Z77 MPower. Looking at the Z87 GD65 Gaming we think it's going to take something extraordinary to top it, such is the perfect storm of price, performance, features and looks.
The switch to Military Class 4 has given us an extremely ready overclocker too. You're always thermally limited when overclocking and the i7-4770K is one of the most demanding around. Considering the amount of cooling we're using we think that although the GD65 is capable of bringing 5GHz from our i7-4770K you'd need a proper water loop to make the most of it.
Performance is outstanding. The stock results were a particular highlight. We know a lot of people still just like to put their CPU in and go, without overclocking it first. Despite how easy it is these days we know that the fear factor still exists. So you'll be glad to know that the MSI Z87 GD65 Gaming really rocks hard even at stock settings. Naturally the overclocking is blistering too, with some OC3D records broken.
MSI have laid the gauntlet down to all the other manufacturers. Gorgeous to look at, blistering performance and all at a very affordable price, the MSI Z87 GD65 Gaming is not only the new benchmark for Z87 motherboards, but probably for all motherboards.
Tho, personally id recommend twin 770s (2 Windforce will cost ya $760 and toast a single 780)
The 932 was one of my favorite cases.... emphasis on past tense ... now it's a bit long in the tooth. You can get the 500R w/ the TX650 for $210 - $30 MIR - $20 off w/ promo code GAMING9190, ends 9/23 ..... so $160 ...saves ya about $22 and better case http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
As you can see in this article....the Asus 144 Hz outshines the BenQ (see part about ghosting) in gaming once the proper ICC profile is loaded..... plus ya get to move up to 144 Hz whiloe at the same time save $20