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2700k OC vs 3930k OC (worth the upgrade?)

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June 1, 2012 12:28:26 AM

So right now I have a 2700k OCing at around 4.5ghz with temps no higher than 70c on load with 1.28 volts. I'm using a Noctua NH-D14 for cooling on a Asus P8Z68-V Gen3 (not Pro). I had bought the CPU for around $130, and the motherboard for around $210 no more than half a year ago.

Intel is having their RetailEdge deals again this year, only this time you get a sweet 3930k for about $184. The thing is, I JUST upgraded to a Z68 platform. So I'm wondering if the gains from a Z77 3930k platform will be significant enough to drop around $440 on an Ivy Bridge mobo/CPU build.

Now a quick price match on Amazon tells me that the 3930k normally goes for $560. So I'd be passing up on a HUGE deal. But I've been checking around, and I'm not so sure that the 3930k is worth the upgrade. Should I bite the bullet and drop my Z68 build for the 3930k? Or should I just save my money?

I use my computer mostly for gaming (high profile games and emulation) and editing (rarely).
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June 1, 2012 12:43:10 AM

For gaming , definitely not worth the upgrade. You may want to consider getting the cpu just for the resale profit.
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June 1, 2012 12:50:42 AM

hello it most likely is not worth it for you unless you do heavy video encoding and such but for me it sure as heck is (i'm on a core 2 duo) how does one get a 3930k for under 200?

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June 1, 2012 1:42:10 AM

popatim said:
For gaming , definitely not worth the upgrade. You may want to consider getting the cpu just for the resale profit.
I was thinking about this.

Are they in high demand right now?
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June 1, 2012 7:10:15 AM

the 3930k is just the same as the 2700k but has 6 cores instead of 4, in other words the architecture is the same, so you wont notice much of a difference.
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June 1, 2012 8:11:25 AM

X-Legend said:
So right now I have a 2700k OCing at around 4.5ghz with temps no higher than 70c on load with 1.28 volts. I'm using a Noctua NH-D14 for cooling on a Asus P8Z68-V Gen3 (not Pro). I had bought the CPU for around $130, and the motherboard for around $210 no more than half a year ago.

Intel is having their RetailEdge deals again this year, only this time you get a sweet 3930k for about $184. The thing is, I JUST upgraded to a Z68 platform. So I'm wondering if the gains from a Z77 3930k platform will be significant enough to drop around $440 on an Ivy Bridge mobo/CPU build.

Now a quick price match on Amazon tells me that the 3930k normally goes for $560. So I'd be passing up on a HUGE deal. But I've been checking around, and I'm not so sure that the 3930k is worth the upgrade. Should I bite the bullet and drop my Z68 build for the 3930k? Or should I just save my money?

I use my computer mostly for gaming (high profile games and emulation) and editing (rarely).


The 3930K doesnt run of the z77 platform and isnt a Ivy Bridge CPU but a Sandy-bridge E CPU. Its 6 cores but in most games you wont see much of an improvement. The 2700k is a great cpu and many can only dream for it, but getting a whole new system just because the cpu is cheap isnt really that cheap in the end, looking at the small gaming gains.
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