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November 22, 2012 1:37:24 PM

have a AMD Phenom 2 x4 965 BE , with a Gtx 590x2. Would i see a big differnce in buying the Intel Core i-7 3770k ?

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November 22, 2012 1:49:58 PM

Go for a i5-3570k and you'll notice a big difference,
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November 22, 2012 1:52:28 PM

why would a ci-5 be better ? its cheaper and lower clock ?
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November 22, 2012 2:40:24 PM

If you're talking about just purely gaming performance, the i5-3570K ($100 cheaper) has the same performance as the i7-3770K when both are OC'ed.

If you're talking about desktop performance and running programs that utilize more cores, then the i7-3770K is better.
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November 22, 2012 2:42:23 PM

I am not into over clocking , i have everything standerd , and on top of that i have no idea how to overclock anyway :p 
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November 22, 2012 2:51:21 PM

pippz619 said:
I am not into over clocking , i have everything standerd , and on top of that i have no idea how to overclock anyway :p 


Then i5 3450 is the way to go - you won't be voiding warranty by overclocking either. It would be impossible to tell apart from any higher model in gaming performance and fast on the desktop too - only certain heavily-threaded non-game software could benefit from i7.

Graphics card really does determine most of the performance, with a decent processor only important for avoiding holding performance back (what a lot of people call 'bottlenecking' - something THG drew attention to and has now become a kind of obsession in the forums) and the odd processor-intensive game. And obviously non-gaming stuff.
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November 22, 2012 2:55:26 PM

sam_p_lay said:
Then i5 3450 is the way to go - you won't be voiding warranty by overclocking either. It would be impossible to tell apart from any higher model in gaming performance and fast on the desktop too - only certain heavily-threaded non-game software could benefit from i7.

Graphics card really does determine most of the performance, with a decent processor only important for avoiding holding performance back (what a lot of people call 'bottlenecking' - something THG drew attention to and has now become a kind of obsession in the forums) and the odd processor-intensive game. And obviously non-gaming stuff.


+1 Since you won't be OC'ing follow sam_p_lay's advice.
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November 22, 2012 3:05:23 PM

so the i7 will be better in general , but its gonna be so little that i wont even notice it ? and wont be so much as the price diffirence is between the two ? So the advise is just for money vs performance ratio ?
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November 22, 2012 3:16:51 PM

Exactly. If you have money to burn then you won't regret picking up an i7 - it will serve you well for a long time. But really barely any better than the i5. I don't like to compromise too much performance when I buy components and tend to err on the side of spending too much, but if I was buying a CPU now it would be the one I recommended for you.
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November 22, 2012 3:23:09 PM

i agree with these guys with the i-3570k and i5-3450 but if you don't want to buy a new board you can pick up an amd phenom ii x6 1100T which will compete with those i5s performance wise
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November 22, 2012 3:39:29 PM

Sorry CDWz but I think you're a little off on the performance details there... the i5s pull ahead by ~45% on average in games (~55% if you're looking specifically at 1080p). See the FX8350 review for recent benchmarking to see them against each other.

EDIT: CDWz makes a decent point though about saving on platform costs - maybe consider an FX8350 or FX8320? You'd be looking at ~10% better performance than i5 in heavily-threaded applications, and ~15% lower performance in games than with i5 (or ~20% at 1080p).
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