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Hey there,

I currently have I7 940 CPU. and looking forward to upgrade it to a new one. therefore, i need some advice for what CPU i should go for. I7-4770k or I5-4670k. i noticed the most difference is in the cache memory. will it affect the gaming performance that much??

also, for what motherboard i should go for?

my machine is for pure gaming such as:
-World of Warcraft.
-FF xvi ARR
-Call of duty
-Starcraft 2.

with my current CPU i am having FPS drops unexpectedly. although, my GPU is AMD 7970 3GB DDR5.

my budget is around 800-900 USD.

thanks,
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  1. Get the 4670K and a decent Z87 motherboard.

    The 4770K isn't really worth the extra cash in a gaming scenario.
  2. Taha Alhindi said:
    Hey there,

    I currently have I7 940 CPU. and looking forward to upgrade it to a new one. therefore, i need some advice for what CPU i should go for. I7-4770k or I5-4670k. i noticed the most difference is in the cache memory. will it affect the gaming performance that much??

    also, for what motherboard i should go for?

    my machine is for pure gaming such as:
    -World of Warcraft.
    -FF xvi ARR
    -Call of duty
    -Starcraft 2.

    with my current CPU i am having FPS drops unexpectedly. although, my GPU is AMD 7970 3GB DDR5.

    my budget is around 800-900 USD.

    thanks,


    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1GJ1T

    Perfect build for that price.
  3. Dayle McNeela said:
    Taha Alhindi said:
    Hey there,

    I currently have I7 940 CPU. and looking forward to upgrade it to a new one. therefore, i need some advice for what CPU i should go for. I7-4770k or I5-4670k. i noticed the most difference is in the cache memory. will it affect the gaming performance that much??

    also, for what motherboard i should go for?

    my machine is for pure gaming such as:
    -World of Warcraft.
    -FF xvi ARR
    -Call of duty
    -Starcraft 2.

    with my current CPU i am having FPS drops unexpectedly. although, my GPU is AMD 7970 3GB DDR5.

    my budget is around 800-900 USD.

    thanks,


    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1GJ1T

    Perfect build for that price.


    You could save money by getting a cheaper CPU cooler (Hyper 212 Evo), smaller SSD (like a 120GB Samsung 840 EVO) and lower wattage PSU (Corsair GS700).

    With the money saved by doing this you could afford a better graphics card, such as a HD 7870 (or wait a few days for AMD to reveal their new GPUs).
  4. Epis said:
    Dayle McNeela said:
    Taha Alhindi said:
    Hey there,

    I currently have I7 940 CPU. and looking forward to upgrade it to a new one. therefore, i need some advice for what CPU i should go for. I7-4770k or I5-4670k. i noticed the most difference is in the cache memory. will it affect the gaming performance that much??

    also, for what motherboard i should go for?

    my machine is for pure gaming such as:
    -World of Warcraft.
    -FF xvi ARR
    -Call of duty
    -Starcraft 2.

    with my current CPU i am having FPS drops unexpectedly. although, my GPU is AMD 7970 3GB DDR5.

    my budget is around 800-900 USD.

    thanks,


    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1GJ1T

    Perfect build for that price.


    You could save money by getting a cheaper CPU cooler (Hyper 212 Evo), smaller SSD (like a 120GB Samsung 840 EVO) and lower wattage PSU (Corsair GS700).

    With the money saved by doing this you could afford a better graphics card, such as a HD 7870 (or wait a few days for AMD to reveal their new GPUs).


    Liquid cooling is better than Hyper 212 EVO... he will need atleast 250gb SSD for all his games and OS... but I agree with less wattage, but atleast with the 800w you have the option for SLI/Crossfire in the future :)
  5. Dayle McNeela said:
    Epis said:
    Dayle McNeela said:
    Taha Alhindi said:
    Hey there,

    I currently have I7 940 CPU. and looking forward to upgrade it to a new one. therefore, i need some advice for what CPU i should go for. I7-4770k or I5-4670k. i noticed the most difference is in the cache memory. will it affect the gaming performance that much??

    also, for what motherboard i should go for?

    my machine is for pure gaming such as:
    -World of Warcraft.
    -FF xvi ARR
    -Call of duty
    -Starcraft 2.

    with my current CPU i am having FPS drops unexpectedly. although, my GPU is AMD 7970 3GB DDR5.

    my budget is around 800-900 USD.

    thanks,


    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1GJ1T

    Perfect build for that price.


    You could save money by getting a cheaper CPU cooler (Hyper 212 Evo), smaller SSD (like a 120GB Samsung 840 EVO) and lower wattage PSU (Corsair GS700).

    With the money saved by doing this you could afford a better graphics card, such as a HD 7870 (or wait a few days for AMD to reveal their new GPUs).


    Liquid cooling is better than Hyper 212 EVO... he will need atleast 250gb SSD for all his games and OS... but I agree with less wattage, but atleast with the 800w you have the option for SLI/Crossfire in the future :)


    Agreed.
  6. Epis said:
    Dayle McNeela said:
    Epis said:
    Dayle McNeela said:
    Taha Alhindi said:
    Hey there,

    I currently have I7 940 CPU. and looking forward to upgrade it to a new one. therefore, i need some advice for what CPU i should go for. I7-4770k or I5-4670k. i noticed the most difference is in the cache memory. will it affect the gaming performance that much??

    also, for what motherboard i should go for?

    my machine is for pure gaming such as:
    -World of Warcraft.
    -FF xvi ARR
    -Call of duty
    -Starcraft 2.

    with my current CPU i am having FPS drops unexpectedly. although, my GPU is AMD 7970 3GB DDR5.

    my budget is around 800-900 USD.

    thanks,


    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1GJ1T

    Perfect build for that price.


    You could save money by getting a cheaper CPU cooler (Hyper 212 Evo), smaller SSD (like a 120GB Samsung 840 EVO) and lower wattage PSU (Corsair GS700).

    With the money saved by doing this you could afford a better graphics card, such as a HD 7870 (or wait a few days for AMD to reveal their new GPUs).


    Liquid cooling is better than Hyper 212 EVO... he will need atleast 250gb SSD for all his games and OS... but I agree with less wattage, but atleast with the 800w you have the option for SLI/Crossfire in the future :)


    Agreed.


    well, so you are saying that the FPS drops are due to CPU temperature ?
  7. Taha Alhindi said:
    Epis said:
    Dayle McNeela said:
    Epis said:
    Dayle McNeela said:
    Taha Alhindi said:
    Hey there,

    I currently have I7 940 CPU. and looking forward to upgrade it to a new one. therefore, i need some advice for what CPU i should go for. I7-4770k or I5-4670k. i noticed the most difference is in the cache memory. will it affect the gaming performance that much??

    also, for what motherboard i should go for?

    my machine is for pure gaming such as:
    -World of Warcraft.
    -FF xvi ARR
    -Call of duty
    -Starcraft 2.

    with my current CPU i am having FPS drops unexpectedly. although, my GPU is AMD 7970 3GB DDR5.

    my budget is around 800-900 USD.

    thanks,


    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1GJ1T

    Perfect build for that price.


    You could save money by getting a cheaper CPU cooler (Hyper 212 Evo), smaller SSD (like a 120GB Samsung 840 EVO) and lower wattage PSU (Corsair GS700).

    With the money saved by doing this you could afford a better graphics card, such as a HD 7870 (or wait a few days for AMD to reveal their new GPUs).


    Liquid cooling is better than Hyper 212 EVO... he will need atleast 250gb SSD for all his games and OS... but I agree with less wattage, but atleast with the 800w you have the option for SLI/Crossfire in the future :)


    Agreed.


    well, so you are saying that the FPS drops are due to CPU temperature ?


    Maybe, CPUs are build with a new technology cause Heat Throttle or something like that, once a CPU hits a certain temperature, it underclocks itself and slows down to protect itself, this will cause your FPS to go lower...

    I would recommend buyer a better cooler like the H80i or H100i :)

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  8. You still have a very capable CPU, I say save your money, buy a better cooler only and overclock what you have.
  9. logainofhades said:
    You still have a very capable CPU, I say save your money, buy a better cooler only and overclock what you have.


    I agree with this somewhat, but you cannot overclock the i7 940... (well you can but only slightly)
    You need an unlocked processor like the i7-4770K or the i7-4670K...
    The only real difference between the i7 and the i5 is hyperthreading...
    Gaming doesn't really utilize hyperthreading so I stand by my recommendation.

    Get the i5-4670K and get the H80i or H100i :)

    If I have answered your question, please select 'Pick as the Solution'
  10. Why can't you overclock an i7 940? It is basically the same chip as a 920 and those often hit 3.5ghz+ The blck of the the first gen i7's are as flexible as they were for core 2 on FSB. Intel didn't all but remove blck overclocking till Sandy Bridge.
  11. logainofhades said:
    Why can't you overclock an i7 940? It is basically the same chip as a 920 and those often hit 3.5ghz+ The blck of the the first gen i7's are as flexible as they were for core 2 on FSB. Intel didn't all but remove blck overclocking till Sandy Bridge.


    Someone throw a brick at me!
    Taha Alhindi - you can overclock this chip (but if you are hoping to get above 4GHz I wouldn't bother... only 4 people in the overclockers club managed to get 4GHz out of it...

    Thanks for correcting me Logainofhades :)
    But I would always recommend a K verious processor for easier overclocking :)

    But out of the I7 and the i5 in question, get the i5-4670K
    or take 'Logainofhades' solution, keep your CPU, overclock it and buy a better GPU :)
    Possibly a GTX660, 670, 760 (superclocked) or 780 :)

    I highly recommend the GTX760 SC... I have it and it is absolutely BEAST!
  12. Best answer
    He has a 7970, so GPU wise they are sitting pretty good. Overclocking that 940 will make a nice difference with a better cooler. If it doesn't do as much as they like, then they can make the jump to ivy or haswell. I would try the h80i/h100 cooler option first.
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