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2600k/2700k or 3570k should I spend extra?

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June 18, 2012 7:45:29 PM

Hello guys Microcenter is running a deal where you get $50 off a motherboard when you purchase an Intel CPU. So I'm going to purchase the ASUS Sabertooth Z77 for $189.99 but not sure which CPU I want. Under the deal the 3570K is $189.99 and the 2600k is $249.99 making the mobo/3570k combo $411.33 and the mobo/2600k $476.28. The mobo/2700k combo is $501.33.

So I guess my question is do I spend the extra money over the 3570K and will I be able to see a gaming difference? The games I play are pretty much MMO's and strategy games like FFXI , FFXIV and ANNO 2070 and I have 3 ASUS VS Series VS238H-P monitors so I want to play surround gaming as well. I know the new IB has some problems with heat during over clocking but over clocking isn’t high on my priority list I just want a CPU that will get the job done (the job is to play games) and OC would be icing on the cake. I also know that the i5 doesn’t have HT like the i7 but besides gaming I stream mkv files to my WD Live TV and to my PS3 as well as run VMware.

My last setup was using the AMD 8150 with ASUS Sabertooth 990FX and it was a great setup but as far as gaming it just wasn’t getting the job done. I understand the Intel setup may not out perform the AMD setup with non-gaming applications (because of the 8 cores) but I'm willing to sacrifice in that area because I want to start gaming.

Here are the other parts I have in case it makes a difference a 850AX Corsair PSU, SLI EVGA GTX 680 and 32GB of Corsair ram and Corsair H100. Also the only reason why a 3770k isn’t an option is because I cant freaking find one lol

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June 18, 2012 7:49:30 PM

Games do not take advantage of Hyper Threading so there is no real point in buying a Core i7 CPU. Streaming video does not take advantage of HT either. VMware... don't know.

If you do video encoding or 3D rendering, then HT will come in handy.
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June 18, 2012 8:01:20 PM

jaguarskx said:
Games do not take advantage of Hyper Threading so there is no real point in buying a Core i7 CPU. Streaming video does not take advantage of HT either. VMware... don't know.

If you do video encoding or 3D rendering, then HT will come in handy.


Ok that’s what I was thinking but since the price is only $100 within one another I just wanted to at least ask the question. Thanks for the quick reply. Also I have heard about the IB heat issue but seem like everyone is complaining about the i7 specifically so does the mean the i5 isn’t having as many heat issue as the i7?
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June 19, 2012 12:25:07 AM

I believe the complaint is for both i5 and i7 Ivy Bridge CPUs. I think the maximum recommended OC is 4.5GHz. Since IB CPUs are on average 5% more powerful than SB CPUs that would be a little faster than a SB CPU clocked at 4.7GHz.
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June 19, 2012 12:45:01 AM

Ivy bridges run cooler at stock and low OC lvls than SBs, but die to glue on heat spreaders, IBs will get hotter in moderate and high OCs, thus limiting their OC headroom.
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June 19, 2012 12:48:55 AM

jaguarskx said:
I think the maximum recommended OC is 4.5GHz.

It is more of a realistic upper limit with some luck of the draw and without extreme cooling or dangerous over-volting than a recommendation. If you are unlucky, your own maximum that can be recommended can be (much) lower.
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June 19, 2012 1:31:43 AM

All CPUs are not created equal some can achieve good OCs while others cannot. 4.5GHz is a general OC maximum for IB CPUs.
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June 19, 2012 12:17:49 PM

Thanks guys for your help. I went to the store to pick up my Asus Sabertooth Z77 and 3570K combo and they had a 3770K in stock and I couldn't help myself and got it. I must admit that with my H100 it idles in core temp with a low of 23C and a high of 57C over a 8 hour period of just sitting there so I'm ok with that since it has a TjMax of 105C I might try to OC it to 4.2 ~ 4.5
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June 19, 2012 12:26:13 PM

Best answer selected by nupe123.
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