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I7 3770k w/radeon HD 7950 or i5 3570k w/GTX 680

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July 23, 2012 11:13:19 PM

I have come to a stand still whether I should get an i7 3770k with a radeon hd 7950 or an i5 3570k with a GTX 680. I will not be able to afford a 3770k with a GTX 680. This my rig will be for intensive gaming and internet multi-tasking. I do not do any 3D modeling or video rendering. Thankyou in advance.
July 23, 2012 11:20:45 PM

For gaming + internet, absolutely get the 3570k + 680... pretty much no games need the extra CPU power that hyperthreading gives, and I am aware of no situations where a 3570k will bottleneck a GTX 680.
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July 23, 2012 11:35:44 PM

Thankyou for the reply. Will the 3570k perform the same as the 3770k on games (more of less)?

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July 23, 2012 11:38:10 PM

grab the i5 3570 + 7950, since the 7950 will overclock to beating a 670 and matching the 680 and 7970. 7950 overlocks very easily to over 1.1 Ghz and i believe can be had @$350
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July 23, 2012 11:44:12 PM

i53570k + gtx670. Dont get a gtx680 instead of gtx670. They perform close with $100+ difference. So save $100+ and get gtx 670.
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July 23, 2012 11:47:26 PM

3570K over 3770K any day.
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July 23, 2012 11:51:04 PM

XxRaxusrainxX said:
Thankyou for the reply. Will the 3570k perform the same as the 3770k on games (more of less)?


The 3570K will perform exactly the same as a 3770K, either stock or overclocked.

The GTX670 is probably a touch stronger than the 7950 and usually all you need for great gaming on a single monitor.
I don't think the price premium for a GTX680 is worth it if you have budget constraints. Why not compromise and buy a factory overclocked GTX670.
Perhaps the evga GTX670 FTW which costs no more:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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July 23, 2012 11:53:19 PM

GTX 670 + 3570K

a 3770K can perform under a 3570K if the game doesn't like hyper threading enabled. With it disabled it gets equal fps as the 3570K.

For gaming a 3770K is $100 more than what you need from the CPU since the 3570K = 3770K minus HT.

Save yourself $200 get the 3570K and 670 and get yourself a nice set of speakers or a new monitor or a new mechanical keyboard with the money you saved :) 


People think you need an i7 just to "multitask" those same people think its better pay $100 extra for the label i7 than for the i5 because "i7 > i5" numerically. lol.

I multitask like crazy with my 2500K and still manage to game at same time. Magic.
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July 24, 2012 12:02:45 AM

Will a gtx 670 4gb be an adequate substitute for a GTX 680? Or is the 2gb version of the GTX 670 good enough.
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July 24, 2012 12:05:44 AM

XxRaxusrainxX said:
Will a gtx 670 4gb be an adequate substitute for a GTX 680? Or is the 2gb version of the GTX 670 good enough.


I have yet to see any benchmarks that show 4GB being any better than 2GB for the 670 (because of the design of the card)

This may change in the future, as of now tho it won't make a difference but the hiked up price tag for 2GB of vram doesn't justify it for me and others.
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July 24, 2012 12:07:43 AM

Okay I will go with the 2gb version of the card.
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July 24, 2012 12:08:31 AM

Best answer selected by XxRaxusrainxX.
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July 24, 2012 12:08:39 AM

2gb or 4gb is depends on what resolution you are using. But both are good over gtx 680 for price.
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July 24, 2012 12:11:52 AM

geofelt said:
The 3570K will perform exactly the same as a 3770K, either stock or overclocked.

The GTX670 is probably a touch stronger than the 7950 and usually all you need for great gaming on a single monitor.
I don't think the price premium for a GTX680 is worth it if you have budget constraints. Why not compromise and buy a factory overclocked GTX670.
Perhaps the evga GTX670 FTW which costs no more:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



I wouldnt say that the GXT 670 is better than the 7950, the 7950 overlocks with scaling greater than the GTX 670 OC. A plus is the power draw however nod to the 670.
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