Very final decision, need more opinions

I know I was getting alot of amazing support from people here in the forum here, but since I didn't open my CPU yet, I want to hear more opinions.

1) Asus 670gtx DC2T

2) CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Box

3) Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth Z77

4) Case: Corsair CC600TWM-WHT Graphite Special Edition

5) PSU: Corsair AX 850W Gold Active PFC 12cm Fan Modular

6) RAM: 2X8GB G.Skill Ripjaw-X DDR3 1600Mhz

7) CPU cooler: Noctua NH-D14

8)SSD: Crucial Solid Series 256GB CT256M4SSD2 SSD

9)DVD drive: Sony Optiarc AD-7280S DVD±RW x24 Black Sata

For my build, mainly for gaming:
Intel i5-3570K
Intel i7-3770k

Pros and Cons please.
And would getting the i7 Ivy make my system more "future proof".
Do you think gaming will work better with the i7? or in the future perhaps?
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  1. If mainly for gaming then get the i5, there will be no difference in gaming between the i5 and i7.

    If you are editing stuff then get the i7, it helps speed up the process...
  2. So I've heard.
    So you think gaming won't take advantage of the HT in the future?
    And I also heard that not having HT in i5, decreases temptures, not sure if its true.
  3. You only need an i5 for gaming. "Future proof" is a dream but if you are the type who upgrades rarely then yes the i7 MIGHT provide a longer life than an i5.
  4. HT does increase temps abit as there is more load on each core...
  5. OK, now I know, how does that load affect?
    I heard some say that i5 performes equally and sometimes slightly better than i7 (the ivys of course).

    And about that, yes I do upgrade once in a long while, thats true, I haven't upgraded my system for about 5 years, and I hope I won't have to upgrade it in a long while.
  6. About your first question, affect what?, temps, speed?

    Depends what models you are talking about, some are clocked lower or higher, some have more cache, some can be overclocked alot some can't.
  7. Nah I don't think it's really worth it

    Since only about 1% of games REALLY utilize 4 real cores in about 5 years, probably 20-30% of games might utilize more than 4 threads but by then, you will be upgrading again.

    Save the money on the processor upgrade and spend it somewhere else like on a vacation ;)
  8. As you can see i7s perform better than the i5 in multithreaded applications and in gaming the i5 beats some of the i7s.
  9. So..... should I open the CPU tomorrow?
    Really, really gotta be sure.
    Thanks :)

    And good article Jay, once again, you have my thanks!
  10. And you have my welcomes (if that makes any sense...)

    Keep the i5, open the box!
    You can upgrade in the future to an i7 when the needs come.

    Plus you get some left over money, you could get another GPU for SLI or spend it on something else..
  11. -I'd take the HX850 over the AX850 .... the AX is more efficient but the HX has better voltage stability under load and lower ripple.

    -I'd consider lower voltage RAM to reduce heat/load on memory controller....and it will match your case :)

    -The Phanteks wins the thermal showdown by a little in most tests ..... but the 5 year warranty to the Noc's 1 and the aesthetics of the Noc's fans make the Phanteks an easy choice IMO.,14.html|35-709-015^35-709-015-TS%2C35-709-002^35-709-002-TS%2C35-709-003^35-709-003-TS%2C35-709-004^35-709-004-TS

    SSD - As you can see at the link below, you're paying $220 for a Tier 3 SSD,3255-6.html

    Why not a tier 1 w/ extended long life premium toshiba toggle flash (67% longer MTBF) for $40 less ?

    Chronos Deluxe

    Max Sequential Read - Up to 560MB/s
    Max Sequential Write - Up to 520MB/s
    4KB Random Write - Up to 90,000 IOPS
    MTBF - 2,000,000 hours
    Warranty - 3 years

    Corsair M4

    Sustained Sequential Read - Up to 500 MB/s
    Sustained Sequential Write - Up to 260 MB/s (SATA 6Gb/s)
    4KB Random Write - Up to 50,000 IOPS
    MTBF - 1,200,000 hours
    Warranty - 3 years

    And I also heard that not having HT in i5, decreases temptures, not sure if its true.

    It is under load .... well at least for the 2500k vs 2600k

    Weird part is the 2500k runs 6C hotter at idle w/ no OC, but at 4.8 Ghz they both at 33C @ idle

    Under Prime 95 blend, they both at 51C at 4.0 Ghz, but the 2600k is 7C hotter at 4.8 Ghz
  12. This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
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