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February 5, 2013 2:00:41 PM

ok simply, i have an i7 2700k bought recently spoke to company they said they'll upgrade me to 3770k for £37 inc collection and delivery i'm wondering if it's worth going through with, i want something that will last and will overclock in a few months just not yet, not looking to break records or anything going to be playing games and rendering(probably not at same time? if i can though i would) with a multi monitor setup, thanks

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February 5, 2013 2:09:14 PM

Hi.

I would personally say that the upgrade is not worth £40, as the performance increase is minimal. I know benhmarking sites arent things you should take as gospel, but they give a good idea. Below are the links to the scores for both CPU's on CPU Benhmark:

http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+Core+i7-2...
http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+Core+i7-3...

2700k = 9003
3770k = 9610

not a huge increase. If I wanted to spend another £40 to upgrade I would be loking for at least an extra 1000 points. As a rough guide.

But, its your choice, if you have £40 lying around that you dont mind using, go for it. =)

P.S. As both CPU's are part of the 'k' series it is possible to overclock with relative ease. It's a different story with the 'x' series. Providing you've got/are getting a motherboard with decent overclocking capabilities you should be fine.
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February 5, 2013 2:13:48 PM

you can overclock your 2700k but a decent cooler will cost about 30 pounds... so it doesnt really matter... You wont see a noticeable difference in real world tests...
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February 5, 2013 2:15:59 PM

What are your system specs, just out of interest? It may turn out that a better cpu wont make a difference at all if you have out of date/old hardware.
February 5, 2013 2:23:07 PM

right now,

corsair vengence 1600mhz
asus p8h77-m (will be upgraded in a month or so)

that's all you'd need right?
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February 5, 2013 2:26:21 PM

That all looks good. =) Good choice of RAM, same as mine XD. Do you have a decent GPu, or do you plan on upgrading this at some point? If you plan on upgrading, just keep the 2700k and put the extra £40 towards a new GPU.
February 5, 2013 2:28:50 PM

going to get a new gpu soon, keep changing mind first 7770 which changed to 7850/70 which changed to 660 which changed to 660 ti which changed to 7950 which changed to 670, so confusing Dx thinking of getting a 7870 and oc'ing it to 7950 standard, not too sure though

but yeah definitely getting a new gpu
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February 5, 2013 2:36:45 PM

In the end you can get about a 6% increase in performance at the same speed from the Intel® Core™ i7-3770K over the Intel Core i7-2700K. In the end even overclocking both of then you are going to find that they end up being very much equal in performance. So I would say that it isnt a good investment to upgrade at this time to the Intel Core i7-3770K.
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February 5, 2013 2:37:44 PM

Lol, dont worry, I kinda had the same problem when choosing my new GPu, only it was Nvidia all the way for me. I have a Gigabyte 670 2Gb atm (£310 from amazon) OC'd to above 680 standard. If you ask me, not being predudice to AMD, but ATI are to Nvidia what AMD are to Intel. Bang for buck. They are decent cards, but Nvidia make better cards. I recently built a rig for my mate and he had a 660Ti and his WEI is 7.5 on windows 8. So a 660Ti would run all your games on high/ultra no probs. the 670 on the other hand that I have scores 8.3 on windows 8. But either card does the job with reinforcement.

But that aside, If you are plannig on getting a new GPU then just stick to the 2700k. It performs about the same as the 3770k and like i said, its £40 extra towards a new GPU!
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February 5, 2013 2:39:59 PM

get the Radeon 7950 or GTX 670 or GTX 660 Ti... They seem to be the best at the price... Oh, Since you have a H77 chipset, you can make use of PCIe 3.0 (not that you will need it unless you are doing 3 or more graphics cards). Pay those 40 pounds and get a 3770K if you can
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February 5, 2013 2:47:23 PM

grebgonebad said:
Lol, dont worry, I kinda had the same problem when choosing my new GPu, only it was Nvidia all the way for me. I have a Gigabyte 670 2Gb atm (£310 from amazon) OC'd to above 680 standard. If you ask me, not being predudice to AMD, but ATI are to Nvidia what AMD are to Intel. Bang for buck. They are decent cards, but Nvidia make better cards. I recently built a rig for my mate and he had a 660Ti and his WEI is 7.5 on windows 8. So a 660Ti would run all your games on high/ultra no probs. the 670 on the other hand that I have scores 8.3 on windows 8. But either card does the job with reinforcement.

But that aside, If you are plannig on getting a new GPU then just stick to the 2700k. It performs about the same as the 3770k and like i said, its £40 extra towards a new GPU!

Graphics cards are the hardest to choose... I started with a Radeon 7850, then it went to a R7870. Then i got confused between the R7870 and the GTX 660 Ti. I found out that the 660 Ti was better for me but then the R7950 price came down so then i stalled between the 660 ti and the 7950. I figured out that the 7950 had not dropped price in India (Where i love) so i bought the GTX 660 Ti. Im very happy with it now. And im happy i bought it over a R7950 as i play games like Assassins creed and max payne which perform better on nvidia cards...
February 5, 2013 2:48:31 PM

i will probably change to a z68 and oc use the h77 for an i3, unless i get i7 3770k not too sure i could spend the £40 it would set me back about 2 weeks tbh not much of a problem i guess, the sooner i can game though the better
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February 5, 2013 2:52:25 PM

timarp000 said:
Graphics cards are the hardest to choose... I started with a Radeon 7850, then it went to a R7870. Then i got confused between the R7870 and the GTX 660 Ti. I found out that the 660 Ti was better for me but then the R7950 price came down so then i stalled between the 660 ti and the 7950. I figured out that the 7950 had not dropped price in India (Where i love) so i bought the GTX 660 Ti. Im very happy with it now. And im happy i bought it over a R7950 as i play games like Assassins creed and max payne which perform better on nvidia cards...


Ive always loved Nvidia Cards, They look extremly nice when compared to ATI's cards, but Nvidia are also more efficient. I also prefer the fact that If you want 2 or more cards, you can just buy another one or two cards. you dont need a crossfire card, which costs more than the standard card. lol.
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February 5, 2013 2:53:56 PM

902 said:
i will probably change to a z68 and oc use the h77 for an i3, unless i get i7 3770k not too sure i could spend the £40 it would set me back about 2 weeks tbh not much of a problem i guess, the sooner i can game though the better


Good choice. Like I say, the performance increase is minimal anyway between the two processors. Save your money, get a decent card and get gaming!
February 5, 2013 2:56:26 PM

just a quick extra question, will pci 3 bandwidth be required in the near future? eg 1-2years don't want to upgrade that early
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February 5, 2013 3:01:42 PM

maybe in 2 years but not today... unless you are doing 3 GPUs
February 5, 2013 3:05:18 PM

ok, i guess i'll get a good z68, hopefully they'll be cheap, first though a gpu!

thanks everyone that commented :) 
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February 5, 2013 3:07:19 PM

PCI 3 Isnt essential at the minute, as you know, but As technology moves on and more powerful GPu's are released, Then PCI 3 would be needed to get the most from the card. But I wouldnt have thought that It is needed for at least another 3 years, by which time you will have replaced your motherboard? And motherboards then will probably have PCI 3 as stadard anyway.

however, that being said, if you're still unsure you can still get the PCI 3 mobo because its backwards compatable anyway with PCI 2.

One more thing is that PCI 3 compatible cards have already been released, the 670 for example, so by fitting it into a PCI 3 slot would probably get you an increase in performance, as PCI 3 is double the Bandwidth of PCI 2. But i am using my 670 in a PCI 2 slot at the minute at a steady 60Fps in any game at full graphical settings, so it depends on how 'future proof' you want your build to be. =)
February 5, 2013 3:09:06 PM

hopefully by then this computer will be in someone elses room dealing with the multi tasking terror of facebook and twitter
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February 5, 2013 3:12:41 PM

LMFAO. Dont forget you tube! HD vid streaming FTW!
February 5, 2013 3:18:38 PM

Thanks again to everyone that replied just waiting to steal a good deal on a gpu.

Off topic: my laptop can't even stream hd properly :p 
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