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November 18, 2013 6:31:04 PM

So currently I'm stuck between two intel cpus and motherboard combos. I have a $500 budget to get a motherboard and a cpu both since I am switching from AMD to intel. My local Microcenter is having a deal on Intel/Motherboard combos and I think its a really good deal. I game a lot and the AMD FX-4100 is not cutting it at all. They have a deal for a i7-4770k with a ASROCK Z87 Extreme for $370 for both. The other is an i7 4820k with a Gigabyte x79 UD3 for $440. I do want to get some extra ram if possible, but if the i7 4820k beats the i7 4770k greatly then I can live with 8gbs of ram for awhile. Otherwise I am curious if getting the i7-4770k is just a better deal.

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November 18, 2013 6:32:39 PM

Go for the 4820k, you can get RAM later!
November 18, 2013 6:38:33 PM

kristianAA said:
As for those 2 i would go the deal you could get cheaper and spen that extra on gpu and six-pack yes x79 is more advanced but in terms of games performance would be slight if not noticable. It is like comparing Lamorghini and Ferrari they both are different but they both are extremely fast

I already have a 7970 in my system so a gpu isn't really needed, but by any chance would you know an estimate of fps range between the two playing, let's say, Battlefield or some other game?
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November 18, 2013 6:48:52 PM

Actually, I would go for the 4770k. $70 can go to an SSD or more RAM.

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November 18, 2013 6:58:54 PM

The core i7 4770k is newer Haswell while the Core i7 4820K is based on the older Ivy Bridge E architecture.
Here's what you get between the two platforms
The lastest CPU architecture, with support for upcoming Broadwell
Maximum core is 4
Supports Dual channel memory
Supports single socket setups
When running 2-way SLI or CFX, PCIe lanes are reduced to x8/x8*

*Asus Z87 WS can run 2-way SLI and CFX at full x16/x16

Ivy Bridge-E
Last supported CPU for current socket 2011, upcoming Haswell-E will require a new socket, It's still socket 2011, but it won't be compatible with previous socket 2011 processors.
Supports beyond 4 cores, with up to 12 cores in a single CPU
Gets Quad channel memory setup
Has Dual QPI* to run on dual socket motherboards
2-way SLI and CFX runs at full x16/x16
*Some Xeon have dual QPI, desktop versions, No