Gigabyte G1 Sniper 3 + I7 3770k + Hyper 212 EVO for $400, or save up for Haswell?

Hey guys, I recently sold some old components and put together around $400, which is my budget for purchasing new parts at this time. Due to certain life situations, I can't put more towards replacing the parts I sold than what I got for my old parts, so:

Someone is selling me a Gigabyte G1 Sniper 3, with I7 3770k with Hyper 212 EVO for exactly $400.
Is it a good upgrade? Should I wait to save up for Haswell (Asus Maximus VI + 4670k, or 4770k).

Mainly I do gaming and web browsing (no video editing or rendering or anything like that).

Thank you very much for your advice!
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  1. Just buy ivy.Haswell is simply not worth the wait and it runs hotter.There is only a 10% increase from ivy to haswell and for gaming it maybe a 1fps difference in fact haswell is not much above nehalem for gaming.Just buy the ivy bridge combo you wont regret it :)
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    I would go with the Ivy as well. That is a pretty good deal. 3770k would be better for games like Crysis 3 and BF4 than a 4670k. Going forward games will take advantage of more threads like those 2 do giving the edge to the i7.
  3. Both of you thank you very much for your replies :) I bought the 3770k and the Sniper G1, and I am pretty happy with it. I OCd it to 4.6GHz with 1.27v, and although I haven't been able to test it extensively (6 hours Prime95 small FFTs, and 6 hours Blend test, total 12 hours), it's running like a dream and none of the games, and programs I normally use have given me any issues.
    Considering how cheap the Hyper 212 EVO is, I am surprised at how decently it performs:
    With small FFTS (Generates maximum heat in my experience) temps reach around 79-83. A bit high, but I read in some guides that Ivy Bridge can handle 85-90 without issues, so I assume I'm within safe temps.
    With Blend test, temps go up to 75-80.

    During heavy gaming (Battlefield 4) temps go as high as 63.

    CPU idles around 28-33C

    I may be able to push this with the EVO to 4.8GHz (doubt I can get any higher than that) but for now I am sticking with 4.6GHz.

    Thank you so much, both of you for your answers.
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