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Looking to Upgrade My Current CPU

Hello Tom's Hardware,
This is my first post, so I am unsure about etiquette on this site.
Currently, my gaming PC has the following relevant specs:

CPU - Intel i5-3570k @ 3.40 GHz (base clock)
Motherboard - Asus P8Z77-V LX
RAM - 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 @ 2133 MHz
GPU - Nvidia EVGA 970 SSC @ 1450 MHz

Recently, my computer has been crashing in games such as: Smite, CS:GO, and Battlefield 4.

It started with Battlefield 4, when I started running Open Hardware Monitor because I used to be able to play BF4 with the same CPU but a Radeon 7850. OHM showed that Processor use was 90-100%, while GPU use was in the 60-75% range.
I know that pretty much the only i7 that will work with this RAM and Motherboard is the i7-3770(k) and is rarely available.

I am wondering if it is worth it to buy the 3770k for $300+ (which seems like a bad deal for me) and be able to use my motherboard and ram, or if it is worth it to go all out and upgrade to something like a 4790k, 5th gen processor, or skylake processor.

Side note: I am currently using the stock air cooler, and would like to upgrade to either an all-in-one water cooler or a better air cooler.
NOTE: My budget is around $500-$750
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  1. I think there's some other issue at fault. I would be surprised if the i5-3570K was being stressed so much. What are your temperatures? Maybe you are having thermal throttling.
  2. I don't think the problem is with your CPU, it will play those games no problem. You need to start looking for a driver or hardware issue that is causing the crashes. Update all your drivers first, then check the CPU and GPU temps while in game. Run memtest to check for memory errors. What PSU are you using?
  3. ComputerSecurityGuy said:
    I think there's some other issue at fault. I would be surprised if the i5-3570K was being stressed so much. What are your temperatures? Maybe you are having thermal throttling.


    Here are the thermals:

    Idle:
    https://gyazo.com/8d37c9f5abfffaf05b23b966160f3cb0

    Playing BF4:
    https://gyazo.com/7e3aa513b5610c092909f79abab632fd
  4. Best answer
    Those temps are too high. You might try cleaning the CPU cooler and applying new thermal paste.
  5. BadActor said:
    Those temps are too high. You might try cleaning the CPU cooler and applying new thermal paste.


    Ok, I will need to buy new thermal paste, but would you recommend using this cooler still or should I buy a new one? I have always felt that the fans ramp up a bit much.
  6. A CM EVO 212 or Cryorig H7 are both decent air coolers and will allow you to overclock the CPU. If you're not going to overclock, I wouldn't use an AIO, save the bucks for future upgrades.
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