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Intel Core i7-3770K or Intel Core i7-4770K

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January 1, 2014 5:22:24 AM

Hi guys, I am upgrading from an Intel Core 2 Quad Q9650 and I need to know which CPU is faster, The Intel Core i7-3770K or the Intel Core i7-4770K, I have watched YouTube Videos and on this guys YouTube, JayzTwoCents, he says the Intel Core i7-4770K just has better Integrated Graphics, They are both the same exact price, $249.99 at Microcenter, with my Intel Core 2 Quad Q9650 I Overclocked it to 4.2GHz and it is a monster, it has been the best for me and still is but I am just scared of it being outdated. I have the GIGABYTE GTX 670 with it and I have 8GB DDR2 RAM, My Motherboard is the GIGABYTE EP43-UD3L with a Gray Heatsink, not the Copper one if anyone looks it up. I can play Battlefield 4 at 55FPS at lowest on everything on ULTRA. My Monitor is the Planar PL1900. My Resolution is 1280x1024, if I do upgrade I will probably go with a GTX 680. My Computer is fast but I am still very very very hesitant to upgrade, I built this Computer in January of 2010 and before I had the GTX 670 I had a GTX 460 which I played GTA IV and Far Cry 2 on.

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January 1, 2014 5:32:36 AM

The 4th Gen Haswell processors from Intel have overheating issues and are not as efficient as the 3rd Gen ones. However if you want to go with the latest tech, go with the 4th gen. If you go for either of them, you will have to change your motherboard. 3rd Gen ones require an LGA1155 socket and 4th gen ones require an LGA1150 socket. You may want to upgrade your monitor which has a resolution of 1920x1080 as all games look best in that. The Heatsink comes with the processor and not with the motherboard.
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January 1, 2014 5:33:07 AM

The 4770k does have a higher IPC than the previous generation, so it is the better CPU in nearly all cases, with exception being typical overclocking ability. The intergrated graphics doesn't matter since you have a dedicated GPU, but the 4770K is still a better CPU... My biggest concern is that you didn't mention upgrading anything else that actually makes it possible to run one of those chips. The 3770K needs a motherboard with an 1155 socket and the 4770K needs an 1150 motherboard. The motherboard you have said you have is socket 755. You will also need DDR3 RAM...
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