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November 20, 2013 2:08:49 AM

I'm wondering which will give me a bigger overall performance upgrade between the two. Currently I have a i5 3570k OC to 4.2 and GTX 670 sli. Now that's been said I play a lot of games that really use the CPU such as MMO's, and games like world of tanks. Now I know someone will say don't get either wait or what you have is good enough haha but I'm a FPS nut. I like seeing big numbers and stable frames. That being said I know that my two 670's are good for now, but I see the 780 ti having a longer life to max things out in the long run. Especially when I can pick up another one later on. so what do you guys think would be a better upgrade? :) 
November 20, 2013 2:12:54 AM

upgrading to i7 from what you have , will not increase your performance in games . But upgrading your gpu to a beast one will contribute a lot to stable fps at very high resolutions .
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November 20, 2013 2:13:59 AM

Definitly the GPU, getting a new CPU would get you some FPS but sinds you have an overclocked i5 its fine.

short answer but there is not much more to add to this.
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November 20, 2013 2:15:30 AM

Divyanshu Sah said:
upgrading to i7 from what you have , will not increase your performance in games . But upgrading your gpu to a beast one will contribute a lot to stable fps at very high resolutions .

I feel like at times though my cpu holds me back on games, that use a lot more cpu stuff like Rome 2. Even world of tanks which by no means is a super pretty game but I get dips into the 40's at times when I shouldn't for what the game is.
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November 20, 2013 2:16:48 AM

I tend to agree with Divyanshu Sah but it really depends on how CPU intensive your games really are.
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November 20, 2013 2:17:42 AM

What do you think about R9 290x and a i7 3770k that why I wouldn't have to replace my mobo, or do you guys think the 780 Ti is overall just a purely better upgrade?
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November 20, 2013 2:28:16 AM

ridd21 said:
Divyanshu Sah said:
upgrading to i7 from what you have , will not increase your performance in games . But upgrading your gpu to a beast one will contribute a lot to stable fps at very high resolutions .

I feel like at times though my cpu holds me back on games, that use a lot more cpu stuff like Rome 2. Even world of tanks which by no means is a super pretty game but I get dips into the 40's at times when I shouldn't for what the game is.


Got the money? by all means get the CPU, i always preffer the better CPU over the better GPU, as having a good and best-off base system improves everything.

Buy the GPU later, its fine and probably wise as it also saves you money.

Buying the 780 instead of the TI would save you 200 dollars, sell this CPU and you almost have yourself that best-off processor.

ONE of the reasons you get dips in some games (hardware wise) is because some games actually do use hyperthreading etc. so an I7 can improve allot in many games like rome total war.

Remember, the game and drivers are an important factor in such games as well, so its not only the systems cause.
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November 20, 2013 2:40:19 AM

DragonChase said:
ridd21 said:
Divyanshu Sah said:
upgrading to i7 from what you have , will not increase your performance in games . But upgrading your gpu to a beast one will contribute a lot to stable fps at very high resolutions .

I feel like at times though my cpu holds me back on games, that use a lot more cpu stuff like Rome 2. Even world of tanks which by no means is a super pretty game but I get dips into the 40's at times when I shouldn't for what the game is.


Got the money? by all means get the CPU, i always preffer the better CPU over the better GPU, as having a good and best-off base system improves everything.

Buy the GPU later, its fine and probably wise as it also saves you money.

Buying the 780 instead of the TI would save you 200 dollars, sell this CPU and you almost have yourself that best-off processor.

ONE of the reasons you get dips in some games (hardware wise) is because some games actually do use hyperthreading etc. so an I7 can improve allot in many games like rome total war.

Remember, the game and drivers are an important factor in such games as well, so its not only the systems cause.


I could get the i7 3930k for around $100 cheaper then the 4930k. Not sure how much better the 4930k is over it hmm I hate choices like this.
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November 20, 2013 2:45:24 AM

ridd21 said:
DragonChase said:
ridd21 said:
Divyanshu Sah said:
upgrading to i7 from what you have , will not increase your performance in games . But upgrading your gpu to a beast one will contribute a lot to stable fps at very high resolutions .

I feel like at times though my cpu holds me back on games, that use a lot more cpu stuff like Rome 2. Even world of tanks which by no means is a super pretty game but I get dips into the 40's at times when I shouldn't for what the game is.


Got the money? by all means get the CPU, i always preffer the better CPU over the better GPU, as having a good and best-off base system improves everything.

Buy the GPU later, its fine and probably wise as it also saves you money.

Buying the 780 instead of the TI would save you 200 dollars, sell this CPU and you almost have yourself that best-off processor.

ONE of the reasons you get dips in some games (hardware wise) is because some games actually do use hyperthreading etc. so an I7 can improve allot in many games like rome total war.

Remember, the game and drivers are an important factor in such games as well, so its not only the systems cause.


I could get the i7 3930k for around $100 cheaper then the 4930k. Not sure how much better the 4930k is over it hmm I hate choices like this.


http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+Core+i7-4...

Those charts will help you out, now mind that the 4930K is JUST a bit faster then the other processor, but compared to a 4770k that 1000 points here is 10% added on top of the already fast processor the 4770k.

To clarify: 3930k is 20% faster then a 4770k and 4930k is 30% faster then a 4770k.

Imagine pulling off a small overclock, small overclocks become big overclocks cause of the massive speed it contains stock, 10% increase in speed would be a 15% increase over the 4770k.
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November 20, 2013 2:51:24 AM

DragonChase said:
ridd21 said:
DragonChase said:
ridd21 said:
Divyanshu Sah said:
upgrading to i7 from what you have , will not increase your performance in games . But upgrading your gpu to a beast one will contribute a lot to stable fps at very high resolutions .

I feel like at times though my cpu holds me back on games, that use a lot more cpu stuff like Rome 2. Even world of tanks which by no means is a super pretty game but I get dips into the 40's at times when I shouldn't for what the game is.


Got the money? by all means get the CPU, i always preffer the better CPU over the better GPU, as having a good and best-off base system improves everything.

Buy the GPU later, its fine and probably wise as it also saves you money.

Buying the 780 instead of the TI would save you 200 dollars, sell this CPU and you almost have yourself that best-off processor.

ONE of the reasons you get dips in some games (hardware wise) is because some games actually do use hyperthreading etc. so an I7 can improve allot in many games like rome total war.

Remember, the game and drivers are an important factor in such games as well, so its not only the systems cause.


I could get the i7 3930k for around $100 cheaper then the 4930k. Not sure how much better the 4930k is over it hmm I hate choices like this.


http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+Core+i7-4...

Those charts will help you out, now mind that the 4930K is JUST a bit faster then the other processor, but compared to a 4770k that 1000 points here is 10% added on top of the already fast processor the 4770k.

To clarify: 3930k is 20% faster then a 4770k and 4930k is 30% faster then a 4770k.

Imagine pulling off a small overclock, small overclocks become big overclocks cause of the massive speed it contains stock, 10% increase in speed would be a 15% increase over the 4770k.


Thank you! after looking that over based on score it would be a pretty large upgrade. I just wish I knew how those numbers would translate on a avg fps level.

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November 20, 2013 3:00:12 AM

ridd21 said:
DragonChase said:
ridd21 said:
DragonChase said:
ridd21 said:
Divyanshu Sah said:
upgrading to i7 from what you have , will not increase your performance in games . But upgrading your gpu to a beast one will contribute a lot to stable fps at very high resolutions .

I feel like at times though my cpu holds me back on games, that use a lot more cpu stuff like Rome 2. Even world of tanks which by no means is a super pretty game but I get dips into the 40's at times when I shouldn't for what the game is.


Got the money? by all means get the CPU, i always preffer the better CPU over the better GPU, as having a good and best-off base system improves everything.

Buy the GPU later, its fine and probably wise as it also saves you money.

Buying the 780 instead of the TI would save you 200 dollars, sell this CPU and you almost have yourself that best-off processor.

ONE of the reasons you get dips in some games (hardware wise) is because some games actually do use hyperthreading etc. so an I7 can improve allot in many games like rome total war.

Remember, the game and drivers are an important factor in such games as well, so its not only the systems cause.


I could get the i7 3930k for around $100 cheaper then the 4930k. Not sure how much better the 4930k is over it hmm I hate choices like this.


http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+Core+i7-4...

Those charts will help you out, now mind that the 4930K is JUST a bit faster then the other processor, but compared to a 4770k that 1000 points here is 10% added on top of the already fast processor the 4770k.

To clarify: 3930k is 20% faster then a 4770k and 4930k is 30% faster then a 4770k.

Imagine pulling off a small overclock, small overclocks become big overclocks cause of the massive speed it contains stock, 10% increase in speed would be a 15% increase over the 4770k.


Thank you! after looking that over based on score it would be a pretty large upgrade. I just wish I knew how those numbers would translate on a avg fps level.



anywhere from 2-15fps, in some games the improvement might be shocking as well, but generaly people dont buy processors for gaming of this caliber.

Its more about being comfortable with your base system and for longevity, i could use such a processor, i thought my 4770k would suffice but it doesnt for my purposes.

If you would like to record your gaming and put it on youtube, then the processor will have its max value.
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November 20, 2013 3:05:13 AM

DragonChase said:
ridd21 said:
DragonChase said:
ridd21 said:
DragonChase said:
ridd21 said:
Divyanshu Sah said:
upgrading to i7 from what you have , will not increase your performance in games . But upgrading your gpu to a beast one will contribute a lot to stable fps at very high resolutions .

I feel like at times though my cpu holds me back on games, that use a lot more cpu stuff like Rome 2. Even world of tanks which by no means is a super pretty game but I get dips into the 40's at times when I shouldn't for what the game is.


Got the money? by all means get the CPU, i always preffer the better CPU over the better GPU, as having a good and best-off base system improves everything.

Buy the GPU later, its fine and probably wise as it also saves you money.

Buying the 780 instead of the TI would save you 200 dollars, sell this CPU and you almost have yourself that best-off processor.

ONE of the reasons you get dips in some games (hardware wise) is because some games actually do use hyperthreading etc. so an I7 can improve allot in many games like rome total war.

Remember, the game and drivers are an important factor in such games as well, so its not only the systems cause.


I could get the i7 3930k for around $100 cheaper then the 4930k. Not sure how much better the 4930k is over it hmm I hate choices like this.


http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+Core+i7-4...

Those charts will help you out, now mind that the 4930K is JUST a bit faster then the other processor, but compared to a 4770k that 1000 points here is 10% added on top of the already fast processor the 4770k.

To clarify: 3930k is 20% faster then a 4770k and 4930k is 30% faster then a 4770k.

Imagine pulling off a small overclock, small overclocks become big overclocks cause of the massive speed it contains stock, 10% increase in speed would be a 15% increase over the 4770k.


Thank you! after looking that over based on score it would be a pretty large upgrade. I just wish I knew how those numbers would translate on a avg fps level.



anywhere from 2-15fps, in some games the improvement might be shocking as well, but generaly people dont buy processors for gaming of this caliber.

Its more about being comfortable with your base system and for longevity, i could use such a processor, i thought my 4770k would suffice but it doesnt for my purposes.

If you would like to record your gaming and put it on youtube, then the processor will have its max value.

yea I found benchmark scores and games like crysis 3. With their setup the 4930k was getting like 12 fps higher. Not bad seeing how I didn't think crysis 3 really see a big fps difference based on cpu.

Just saw another one and the I5 3570k had a higher avg fps on Tomb raider then the i7 4930k with their setup so I might stick with the I5 for now until the 5930k comes out seems like it would be a bigger leap maybe for the money.
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November 20, 2013 3:16:32 AM

Just for fun i will check some benchmarks out as well and post them here! but as i said before i still stick with my original post of getting a 780 ;) .

Just informing you and doing it for fun.
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November 20, 2013 3:20:35 AM

DragonChase said:
Just for fun i will check some benchmarks out as well and post them here! but as i said before i still stick with my original post of getting a 780 ;) .

Just informing you and doing it for fun.


Hey man I love the help! now here the true question haha Gigabyte GTX 780 Ti OC with the wind force cooling or Evga one that is OC with the acx cooling hmm.
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November 20, 2013 3:31:58 AM

ridd21 said:
DragonChase said:
Just for fun i will check some benchmarks out as well and post them here! but as i said before i still stick with my original post of getting a 780 ;) .

Just informing you and doing it for fun.


Hey man I love the help! now here the true question haha Gigabyte GTX 780 Ti OC with the wind force cooling or Evga one that is OC with the acx cooling hmm.


http://www.overclock.net/t/1441624/vc-custom-geforce-gt...

Seems the gigabyte is really decent actually! didnt know that!.
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November 20, 2013 3:36:14 AM

DragonChase said:
ridd21 said:
DragonChase said:
Just for fun i will check some benchmarks out as well and post them here! but as i said before i still stick with my original post of getting a 780 ;) .

Just informing you and doing it for fun.


Hey man I love the help! now here the true question haha Gigabyte GTX 780 Ti OC with the wind force cooling or Evga one that is OC with the acx cooling hmm.


http://www.overclock.net/t/1441624/vc-custom-geforce-gt...

Seems the gigabyte is really decent actually! didnt know that!.


Same I've read two really good reviews on the Gigabyte one. I had always stuck with Evga but might try Gigabyte out.
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November 20, 2013 3:43:21 AM

DragonChase said:
ridd21 said:
DragonChase said:
Just for fun i will check some benchmarks out as well and post them here! but as i said before i still stick with my original post of getting a 780 ;) .

Just informing you and doing it for fun.


Hey man I love the help! now here the true question haha Gigabyte GTX 780 Ti OC with the wind force cooling or Evga one that is OC with the acx cooling hmm.


http://www.overclock.net/t/1441624/vc-custom-geforce-gt...

Seems the gigabyte is really decent actually! didnt know that!.


Just put my order in on Amazon for the Gigabyte one. Too bad I gotta wait cause they are out of stock :( 
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