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I7 3770K vs 3930K

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December 31, 2012 7:04:14 PM

Hello
I have a question.

I may build a new gaming rig( not really sure yet if i'm gonna do it, here are the specs

GPU : Nvidia GTX 690
RAM : 64GB
Chassis : CoolerMaster HAF X
Motherboard : ASUS SaberTooth X79
Boot Drive : OCZ Agility 3 240GB
Hard Disk Drive : Western Digital 3TB
My question is ; what CPU should i take : the I7 3770K or the 3930K because i want to know if the 3930 is worth the extra 200$
It needs to be able to do some not-so-extreme multitasking, recording with fraps, run 2K skyrim textures,512x512 minecraft textures, maybe a tiny little bit of photoshop, so what is better for me?

Also, please don't recommend anything else or tell me that this is too overkill.

Thx

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December 31, 2012 7:10:56 PM

go with an i5 and save some money, you only need 8GB of ram unless you are doing some intensive stuff, if you are get 16GB ram. Doing all of the stuff on your list is pretty easy with my i5 3570k, 670, and 8GB of ram. Also don't get agility3, the samsung 830 is at a great price right now and better quality.

If we are not allowed to tell you its overkill what are we suppose to do? give you more expensive parts to someone who doesn't know a whole lot about computers?
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December 31, 2012 7:17:55 PM

Yeah i know its overkill, but i also want it to be future proof which may sound like a bullshit excuse but whatever, and i buy the most ram because ram is really cheap in comparison with the other parts, but thanks for the ssd advice. And i am on a kinda loose budget and i am a stupid idiot :=)
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December 31, 2012 7:29:26 PM

Not saying that you are stupid but everyone doesn't make the right choice. Even if it is for gaming and future proofing, that is way overboard. You can get the same performance with 2x670 and if you really want to go with 2011 socket, you can even 4way SLI the 670 and watercool them which in all should be a bit more than 2x690 because you have to buy the watercooling parts but in all should be you better performance.

The only thing is, is that SLI/CFX can be a hassle because some games can't run SLI and give you less performance than a regular single card. I would just stop at 16GB which is at a decent price per GB and that is pretty much all you will ever need for many years to come.

If anything, i would go with a i5 3570k, a 7970GHz, and a 850W incase you want to add a second 7970GHz. Then i would water cool the system and maybe add in a sound card with some nice peripherals such as headset and K/M.

That right there will last you quite a while and when you add inside the second 7970GHz it should be cheaper and give you quite the performance increase if drivers support it.

You can just use the rest of the money for a strip club/bar or just wait until you want to upgrade to the latest platform seeing as you have all this money to spend
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December 31, 2012 7:35:04 PM

The 3770k should do you for a few years, my 2.5 year old i920 still runs anything.
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December 31, 2012 7:40:21 PM

@boulbox

Thx but when you say that somethings cheaper you need to remember i said i am on a pretty loose budget, and i just wanna have a super-duper-ultra-sexyness PC, anyways if you think you are wasting your time with me i am very sorry and please dont reply anymore but thanks anyways
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December 31, 2012 7:40:33 PM

jldevoy said:
The 3770k should do you for a few years, my 2.5 year old i920 still runs anything.


yes but he is mostly gaming, an i5 3570k is pretty much the same as an i7 3770k in terms of games sometimes even better because hyperthread can get in the way.
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December 31, 2012 8:14:40 PM

I am just saying there is no performance increase into upgrading i5 to i7 if all you are doing is gaming.

you can seriously just go with a nice watercooling loop, show it off to all your friends and put some LED lights inside(or UV) and it would look spectacular.

If you are planning to drop like 5k on a computer you can just go with i7 3930k, get a custom loop and do a 3-4way SLI/CFX with 670s/7970GHz and just have everything watercooled
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December 31, 2012 8:22:15 PM

If you're just gaming there's no difference, by the time the i7-3770k is obsolete the 3930k will also be obsolete, as will the 3960X, 3970x, 3570k, and every single current gen CPU.

The main advantage to X79 is you get much more PCIe bandwidth from the X79 Chipset and the hex core processors and quad channel memory(be sure to get 4x4 of 16GB memory).

BTW if you are a newbie, as you admit, I do not reccomend a custom cooling loop, go with a mainstream build and then once you're familiar with everything get a cooling loop, but for now a large amount of case fans+a good cooler like an H100i or Noctua NH-D14 is more than enough.

A GTX690 is also a dumb choice because the GTX690 only sees 2GB of memory, which is a huge bottleneck for moddable/GPU intensive games like Skyrim/Metro. 2x 4GB 670 or 2x 4GB GTX680 is a much more sensible, and better choice. Alternatively if you plan to 3 or 4 way in the future the 7970GHz edition is more sensible because AMD Scales better with CF.

Also to warn you the Sabertooth X79 has 2 motherboard fans, they are next to impossible to clean and can cause overheats and irritating/disgusting noises if not cleaned.

Also the Agility series are laptop SSD, go with a fast SSD like the Vertex 4, which is currently the fastest SSD around.
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December 31, 2012 8:33:05 PM

Well then to answer your question is NO. If you are not doing 3D stuff and running programs that gonna make your PC tremble (not talking about gaming).
Since i7 is a overkill alrdy for gaming so why spend aditional 200$ that you wont be utilizing completely.
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December 31, 2012 8:33:08 PM

darksparten said:
If you're just gaming there's no difference, by the time the i7-3770k is obsolete the 3930k will also be obsolete, as will the 3960X, 3970x, 3570k, and every single current gen CPU.

The main advantage to X79 is you get much more PCIe bandwidth from the X79 Chipset and the hex core processors and quad channel memory(be sure to get 4x4 of 16GB memory).

BTW if you are a newbie, as you admit, I do not reccomend a custom cooling loop, go with a mainstream build and then once you're familiar with everything get a cooling loop, but for now a large amount of case fans+a good cooler like an H100i or Noctua NH-D14 is more than enough.

A GTX690 is also a dumb choice because the GTX690 only sees 2GB of memory, which is a huge bottleneck for moddable/GPU intensive games like Skyrim/Metro. 2x 4GB 670 or 2x 4GB GTX680 is a much more sensible, and better choice. Alternatively if you plan to 3 or 4 way in the future the 7970GHz edition is more sensible because AMD Scales better with CF.

Also to warn you the Sabertooth X79 has 2 motherboard fans, they are next to impossible to clean and can cause overheats and irritating/disgusting noises if not cleaned.

Also the Agility series are laptop SSD, go with a fast SSD like the Vertex 4, which is currently the fastest SSD around.



not anymore, samsung 840 pro and vector are currently the fastest, but yes you are right in the other stuff
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January 1, 2013 7:35:30 AM

???????? X79 is 2011 and you want a LGA1155 processor.
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January 1, 2013 8:13:41 AM

drew13 said:
???????? X79 is 2011 and you want a LGA1155 processor.


i believe he knows that lga 1155 does not fit inside the x79 platform, he is asking if 2011 give that much more performance over 1155 for that $200 extra cost
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February 14, 2013 3:41:06 AM

think it as your saving money do you can sli or buy a new computer and stay on top of the game. No computer Cant future proof because they are constanly beckming better. unless you have money growing in your ears do yourself a favor.


haf 932
3770k
670 or 7970
1440p monitor (you'll want one maybe later like me)
corsair, xfx, seasonic, or antec good brand power suply (OCZ sucks, short cables)
nactua, cougar, or swiftech fans
fan controler
cheap $20 dvd drive if you want
h100 or h100i $110
asus, asrock, or gigabyte z77 motherboard $130-200
mecanical keyboard $100

depending onwhat you get ~1400-1800

there are more builds people post on tomshardware
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April 19, 2013 6:39:46 PM

awesomedude911 said:
think it as your saving money do you can sli or buy a new computer and stay on top of the game. No computer Cant future proof because they are constanly beckming better. unless you have money growing in your ears do yourself a favor.


haf 932
3770k
670 or 7970
1440p monitor (you'll want one maybe later like me)
corsair, xfx, seasonic, or antec good brand power suply (OCZ sucks, short cables)
nactua, cougar, or swiftech fans
fan controler
cheap $20 dvd drive if you want
h100 or h100i $110
asus, asrock, or gigabyte z77 motherboard $130-200
mecanical keyboard $100

depending onwhat you get ~1400-1800t

there are more builds people post on tomshardware


Go with the 3930 on the X79, you won't be disappointed, it screams! Toss in a pair of good SLI vid cards and a pair of SSD drives. If you can afford it, don't even hesitate to spend the extra bucks!
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May 31, 2013 6:21:23 AM

I've been on 3930k + 16Gb RAM + pair of Intel 530 Raid0 since Nov 2011. I'm not a real gamer and got out of the whole PC modding gig, however I can run BattleField 3 max settings on a 27" LCD (1920) at 60fps on a GT680. All chilled by Swiftech watercooling; CPU doesnt hit 40C, GPU hovers ~50C.

It was a well worth investment with no regrets. I said I'm going with this and not looking back, store I bought components from gave me discounts for each item I added to my basket, not to mention I bought before CPU price spike. As I'm paid by the hour, one of my priorities is not waiting on my computer.
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