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Can't decide between i5 and i7 / ivybridge and haswell

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October 7, 2013 9:00:54 AM

Ok, I currently have £330-ish to spend on a new CPU and mobo. I want to switch over to Intel, but I am not sure what CPU I should be getting.

I want to be able to almost max out BF4 in the future (currently limited by my 7870, but that is the next upgrade). So my first question is will BF4 benefit from hyperthreading? Because if not, I might as well go for the i5 (I am a light photoshop user and may want to get into video editing in the future, but I doubt that I will use it enough to make the extra money spent on the i7 worth it).

Second, I want to inquire about Haswell, as I am looking into overclocking a few months down the line, but I have heard that it has some heat issues. I would quite like a 4.5 GHz clock if possible. I am looking into getting a Bequiet Dark Rock Pro 2, because it looks awesome and is pretty quiet and cool.

Any money not spent will allow me to upgrade my GPU sooner.

Oh, and here is the motherboard I am looking at getting if I go Haswell, as it looks great and seems to have everything I need.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Gigabyte-Motherboard-4th-Genera...

Wouldn't be sure what mobo to get if I went Ivybridge.

So basically, my question is, 3570k, 4670k, 3770k or 4770k? Thanks.

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October 7, 2013 9:17:24 AM

I'd get the 4670k with a decent cooler.
The numbers may not be as high as with Ivy Bridge, but it's faster clock for clock. So a 4.5GHz Ivy OC may be the same as 4.4 or 4.3 on Haswell.
But you never know, I got pretty lucky with a 4.7GHz Haswell chip.
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October 7, 2013 9:20:20 AM

What do you currently have? BF4 is a multithreaded title and will get some benefit from an i7's HT.
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October 7, 2013 9:22:18 AM

logainofhades said:
What do you currently have? BF4 is a multithreaded title and will get some benefit from an i7's HT.


Haha I have an AMD Bulldozer FX 4100 Quad Core 3.6GHz

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October 7, 2013 9:37:12 AM

"Wouldn't be sure what mobo to get if I went Ivybridge"

Here's an article about sub $170 boards for Ivy - http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/z77-express-ivy-bri...

When I check the link for the board you listed, the Gigabyte Z87X-D3H, its already got a nice package deal with the mobo, i5-4670k, and coolermaster hyper 212 evo for 313-ish. It doesn't get any easier than clicking "add all three to basket"

The cool thing right now is you have options, and they will all perform very well.
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October 7, 2013 9:41:16 AM

jamster7777 said:
logainofhades said:
What do you currently have? BF4 is a multithreaded title and will get some benefit from an i7's HT.


Haha I have an AMD Bulldozer FX 4100 Quad Core 3.6GHz

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If your motherboard supports it, I would upgrade the bios and pick up an FX 8320. If you do decide to go the ivy route, Asrock Z77 Extreme4 is a nice board for the money. If you decide on Haswell, one of these would be my choice. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/z87-express-motherb...
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October 7, 2013 10:55:01 AM

logainofhades said:
jamster7777 said:
logainofhades said:
What do you currently have? BF4 is a multithreaded title and will get some benefit from an i7's HT.


Haha I have an AMD Bulldozer FX 4100 Quad Core 3.6GHz

:D 


If your motherboard supports it, I would upgrade the bios and pick up an FX 8320. If you do decide to go the ivy route, Asrock Z77 Extreme4 is a nice board for the money. If you decide on Haswell, one of these would be my choice. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/z87-express-motherb...


Really don't want to keep my current mobo as it is a VERY cheap budget one (Found it for £32 on Amazon lol). Thanks for those mobo reccomendations, I will check them out. ATM I am leaning towards a 4670k but still not really made up my mind.
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October 7, 2013 1:57:42 PM

clonazepam said:
"Wouldn't be sure what mobo to get if I went Ivybridge"

Here's an article about sub $170 boards for Ivy - http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/z77-express-ivy-bri...

When I check the link for the board you listed, the Gigabyte Z87X-D3H, its already got a nice package deal with the mobo, i5-4670k, and coolermaster hyper 212 evo for 313-ish. It doesn't get any easier than clicking "add all three to basket"

The cool thing right now is you have options, and they will all perform very well.


Just wondering if you could give me a reason NOT to buy that mobo. Does it really make that much of a difference compared to the more commonly reccomended Asus and ASRock boards?
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October 7, 2013 2:01:49 PM

Honestly, if you are going to go with a 4670k, your best bet is to read that review I linked earlier on the Z87 boards and decide which one best fits you and your budget. I just linked the last page to see the recommended boards. One board may have features you are looking for that another does not.
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October 14, 2013 6:39:46 AM

Ok, thanks for all your help guys. Picked socialassassin as the solution simply because he answered first, but your views were all really helpful. Went with a 4670k and the Gigabyte mobo that I linked in the end, I am sure I will be happy with my choice.
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