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Which one, i7-2600k/i7-2700k, i7-3770k, or AMD FX-8350

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December 16, 2012 5:18:25 AM

I am in need of some help deciding which one would be best to get. At first I was only trying to decide between the i7-3770k and AMD FX-8350. However I was concerned about the reviews the ivy bridge received in terms of its overheating issues. Many said that sandy bridge is better than the ivy bridge when it comes to HS, which is how I ran into the i7-2600k and i7-2700k.

I don't want to spend more than $390 on a processor as I only have a budget around 1.3k total to spend on all the computer parts.

The main use of the computer is for: CAD rendering and gaming. Programs I will be using are: DAZ 3D, Blender, Bryce, AutoCAD, and Adobe Photo Shop. The games I should be able to play: Guild wars 2, Diablo and Aion all on full graphics.

I'd like to just continue upgrading my computer for as long as possible if that sort of information is of use to anyone.

As a side note, my computer will be on 24/7 and at minimal 12 hours. It is not mandatory, however I do wonder about it. Are these going to sky rocket my electric bill? Should I be prepared to cry when the bill comes in? lol

Thank you in advance to anyone that replies.
December 16, 2012 6:58:19 AM

i7 3770k
December 16, 2012 7:08:52 AM

i7 2600k sandy bridge! awesome processor!
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December 16, 2012 7:12:21 AM

3770k
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December 16, 2012 9:16:23 AM

3000 series has PCI Express v3.0 support.
- That kinda seals the deal for most people.

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December 16, 2012 1:37:43 PM
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If you're serious about of overclocking and want the best performance possible (when overclocking) go for the 2600K.
If you're not going to overclock and are concerned about your power bill go for the 3770K.

BTW PCI-E 3.0 isn't really usefull unless you're going to build a quad-fire gaming system using a LGA 1155 motherboard which is by itself pointless.
December 16, 2012 4:06:19 PM

Thank you everyone for helping me decide.
February 5, 2013 6:17:27 PM

LOOK LOOK LOOK LOOK LOOK LOOK
here is my specs;;;;;;
intel i7 2600k overclocked to 4.4(stable beast)
asus p8z68 deluxe motherboard
zalman air cooler(dont waste money for watercooling---does the same job)
8GB 2133 patriot viper extreme running on XMP
some extra few fans(front and rear) and some blue LED lights ta scare my cat...lol
AMD HD5870 at 1gb
120GB OCZ SSD
1TB WESTERN HHD
ALSO INCLUDED GAMING CASE

WEI ----7.8
IN TOTAL MY SPECS OVERALL BETTER THAN MY FRIEND WITH THEIR WEI 7.7 AND i-3770
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