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September 27, 2013 7:55:09 AM

Building a new PC

Case: Thermaltake a41
Power supply: 750 w
CPU: ?
Motherboard: ?
RAM:G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB 1866
GPU: Radeon 6990

Thinking about getting an i5 or i7 ivy processor, but i am not sure which to purchase, and which motherboard to go with.

I was initially thinking the I7 for faster computing speeds, plus nice gaming. Paired with the asrock extreme 4 mobo. is this motherboard sufficient for the I7?
Or shouold i just go with the I5 and get the asrock extreme4.

Thanks!

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September 27, 2013 8:07:03 AM

What are your main uses for this machine?

The ASRock Extreme 4 mobo is an excellent choice for either CPU. If you're mainly going to be gaming, go with the i5-4670k. Also, if you plan on over clocking at all, you'll want to add an aftermarket CPU cooler like the Hyper 212 evo or similar.
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September 27, 2013 8:12:37 AM

+1 get the i5 4670K
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September 27, 2013 8:16:11 AM

MEC-777 said:
What are your main uses for this machine?

The ASRock Extreme 4 mobo is an excellent choice for either CPU. If you're mainly going to be gaming, go with the i5-4670k. Also, if you plan on over clocking at all, you'll want to add an aftermarket CPU cooler like the Hyper 212 evo or similar.


Thanks for the response!

Yes I plan on using it mainly for gaming,
I keep reading the I5-4670 is more than sufficient for gaming, i just figured for an extra 50$ I will extend the life of my processor a bit and give myself a little more brain power on the comp.
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September 27, 2013 8:34:16 AM

Yeah, if you're never planning to overclock, you can save a couple dollars and go with the non-K version.

I did this with my build and went with the 4570, saving an additional $40 less than the 4670 for almost the same performance (200mhz slower clocks).

So far I haven't been able to challenge this CPU with anything. These i5's fly through just about any task and they run pretty much any game without breaking a sweat. :D 

The only time you'll benefit from the i7 (which is a hyper threaded i5) is in heavily threaded applications like video editing/compiling etc.
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September 27, 2013 8:42:48 AM

MEC-777 said:
Yeah, if you're never planning to overclock, you can save a couple dollars and go with the non-K version.

I did this with my build and went with the 4570, saving an additional $40 less than the 4670 for almost the same performance (200mhz slower clocks).

So far I haven't been able to challenge this CPU with anything. These i5's fly through just about any task and they run pretty much any game without breaking a sweat. :D 

The only time you'll benefit from the i7 (which is a hyper threaded i5) is in heavily threaded applications like video editing/compiling etc.


Great! Thanks for your time. I am still currently a n00b a building computers, but i would like to learn more about it. I would also like to learn about overclocking and apply it to my machine in the future.
Thanks for saving me 50$! I will be purchasing this weekend, and my case arrives on Tuesday!!
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September 27, 2013 9:11:28 AM

fatuspuere said:
MEC-777 said:
Yeah, if you're never planning to overclock, you can save a couple dollars and go with the non-K version.

I did this with my build and went with the 4570, saving an additional $40 less than the 4670 for almost the same performance (200mhz slower clocks).

So far I haven't been able to challenge this CPU with anything. These i5's fly through just about any task and they run pretty much any game without breaking a sweat. :D 

The only time you'll benefit from the i7 (which is a hyper threaded i5) is in heavily threaded applications like video editing/compiling etc.


Great! Thanks for your time. I am still currently a n00b a building computers, but i would like to learn more about it. I would also like to learn about overclocking and apply it to my machine in the future.
Thanks for saving me 50$! I will be purchasing this weekend, and my case arrives on Tuesday!!


No problem. Glad I could help. :) 

If you are planning to overclock some time down the road, you may want to go with a k-version now, rather than spend another $200+ later on. Just something to think about. ;) 
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September 27, 2013 9:24:33 AM

If not wanting to overclock and wanting more longevity that had you considering the i7, I would look at this paired with a Z77 extreme4 instead. i7 without IGP with an i5 like price. It also has a lower TDP and runs cooler since it lacks the IGP. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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