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4th Gen upgrade or just change the gfx card

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June 26, 2014 9:30:45 AM

Hey guys..
I'm looking for an upgrade. I can only do it by a single way like either the cpu part or the GPU. But I will be upgrading the remaining part in near future.
I currently have a core i5 3330 (3.0 ghz) and a b75 board which is totally non-overclockable.
I want to upgrade to a gtx 770 if it comes to GPU. I really don't want that kinda power of a gtx 780. I have currently a r9 270x.
And otherwise I could leave the GPU part for some months and upgrade to a core i5 4670k and a MSI z87 gd65 and overclock my processor to 4.5 ghz.
Which Should be a better decision guys

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June 26, 2014 9:33:59 AM

GPU (and maybe PSU)
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June 26, 2014 9:39:17 AM

It's a close call. Your CPU and GPU are both pretty good.

Being an overclocker, I'd prefer to get my motherboard, CPU, cooling and RAM overclock ready.

I suggest a Z97 board and a new i5 4690k. The new Devils Canyon CPUs from Intel have better TIM on the IHS, lower temps and slightly higher stock speeds. And they cost around the same as the previous gen.
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June 26, 2014 10:24:45 AM

Hello chimera. I don't think that I need a psu. I have a Cx 600 watt.. Would I notice any Type of bottlenecking with my 3.0 ghz cpu? Its turbo is 3.2
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June 26, 2014 10:32:01 AM

dipanjan biswas said:
Hello chimera. I don't think that I need a psu. I have a Cx 600 watt.. Would I notice any Type of bottlenecking with my 3.0 ghz cpu? Its turbo is 3.2


I assume your primary usage is gaming. Bottleneck no. tomsHardware made a i3 + GTX 770 build, overclocked the GPU and benchmarked it.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/build-your-own-budg...

Corsair CX600 isn't a great PSU in terms of longevity. And although not a necessity but a Haswell certified PSU is recommended for a Haswell CPU
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June 26, 2014 11:03:04 AM

Well thanks friend chimera.. Your link was really helpful.. Learnt a lot.. What's the difference between a i3 and i5 at same freq suppose 3 ghz.. Both have 4 cores right.. And is a 3.4 ghz i3 comparable to 3.0 ghz i5?
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June 26, 2014 11:06:48 AM

What model is your board? For the cost, if you were to upgrade your CPU, you are better off staying with an ivy bridge CPU. If it can accept it, a Xeon 1230v2 is a good cpu. Essentially an i7 3770 without IGP. ;)  They use less power and run cooler too. Your 270x isn't bad. For the money, a 280x is a better buy generally than a GTX 770. A real upgrade would be an R9 290.
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June 26, 2014 11:14:23 AM

dipanjan biswas said:
Well thanks friend chimera.. Your link was really helpful.. Learnt a lot.. What's the difference between a i3 and i5 at same freq suppose 3 ghz.. Both have 4 cores right.. And is a 3.4 ghz i3 comparable to 3.0 ghz i5?


No the i3 has 2 cores with Hyperthreading making 4 threads. i5 is a 4 core processor. i5 is better than i3. That's why I said you have no bottleneck. A recent i5 is all that you need for gaming
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-o...
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June 26, 2014 11:20:58 AM

logainofhades said:
A real upgrade would be an R9 290.


That's true
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June 26, 2014 11:40:46 AM

Thanks guys... R9 290 Should be a overkill for my rig.. I play games at 1080p 60 hz ultra but msaa (not 2x or 4x).. And I donno Why amd drivers sucks sometimes. And Nvidia is pretty good . They have physx shadow play and lots more.. I was playing watch dogs and suddenly the game crashed saying the display driver stopped working.. This isn't a frequent prob but I have noticed this 4-5 times. Donno if overclocking causing the prob but the System is fully stable and the max temp is only 67 degree. I have also noticed this with Radeon HD 7950 Vapor-x
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June 26, 2014 1:27:50 PM

Watch Dogs still needs some work done to it.
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