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I7 3770k vs i7 2600k for gaming machine.

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November 17, 2012 9:27:36 PM

I'm building a PC for a friend who has told me I could exchange my i7 2600k for the i7 3770k we just ordered for his PC. After reading some reviews I'm a bit torn, and this will be a free upgrade for me so it's not like I'm buying a 3770k for a marginal upgrade.

What would you do? I benchmarks that I've seen are somewhat inconclusive, I will run my PC primarily for gaming and at stock speeds.
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November 17, 2012 9:41:20 PM

If you already have it there no need to exchange it
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November 17, 2012 9:51:18 PM

I have both of them available to me at this moment. I can put either one in my PC, currently the 2600k is in there. I guess I'm asking what is better for gaming at stock speeds.

other specs:
evga 6800gtx
16gb 1600 ddr3
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November 17, 2012 9:52:49 PM

At the same clockspeed the newer Ivy Bridge CPUs are about 6% more powerful on average than Sandy Bridge. But you are not going to see performance increase in games.
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November 17, 2012 9:53:14 PM

Respen said:
I have both of them available to me at this moment. I can put either one in my PC, currently the 2600k is in there. I guess I'm asking what is better for gaming at stock speeds.

other specs:
evga 6800gtx
16gb 1600 ddr3

I7 3770k faster at stock speed
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November 17, 2012 10:09:05 PM

Best answer selected by Respen.
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November 17, 2012 10:11:22 PM

Thanks for the replies, I'll probably throw it in there. So long as I won't lose performance gaming I don't see why I shouldn't.
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