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IS 3570K Better than 3470 for gaming?

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February 14, 2013 2:23:51 AM

Guys I am building a PC and will be using only for gaming. Also,there will be No change in the PC for three years, so please tell me.



BUILD 1
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.48 @ Amazon)
Storage: Hitachi 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: OCZ Agility 3 60GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($496.48 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Lian-Li PC-A05FNB ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS72 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Acer B233HL Jbmdh 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($166.89 @ Amazon)
Total: $1219.32
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-13 23:20 EST-0500)


BUILD 2
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper TX3 54.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.48 @ Amazon)
Storage: Hitachi 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: OCZ Agility 3 60GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($324.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Lian-Li PC-A05FNB ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS72 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Acer B233HL Jbmdh 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($166.89 @ Amazon)
Total: $1110.25
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-13 23:23 EST-0500)


I hope in two to three years In BUILD 1 the PC dosen't bottleneck

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February 14, 2013 2:49:40 AM

Guys I realy need help
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February 14, 2013 3:07:20 AM

The i5-3570k can be better for games because it can be overclocked. Most games are limited more by the GPU than the CPU. For example, Crysis 2 doesn't care if your CPU is running at 2.5GHz or 4.0GHz, there will only be a difference of 1 frame. But there are games that can benefit from a more powerful CPU like Skyrim and ARMA 2, thus you get better performance.

More importantly the Core i5-3570k offer more longevity for your PC. Let's just say you buy the i5-3570k PC and do not decide to overclock it just yet. Maybe in 2 - 3 years the i5-3570k begins to show it's age. At that point you can overclock for better performance. Thus, postponing the need to buy a new PC for maybe up to another 2 years.
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February 14, 2013 3:09:47 AM

jaguarskx said:
The i5-3570k can be better for games because it can be overclocked. Most games are limited more by the GPU than the CPU. For example, Crysis 2 doesn't care if your CPU is running at 2.5GHz or 4.0GHz, there will only be a difference of 1 frame. But there are games that can benefit from a more powerful CPU like Skyrim and ARMA 2, thus you get better performance.

More importantly the Core i5-3570k offer more longevity for your PC. Let's just say you buy the i5-3570k PC and do not decide to overclock it just yet. Maybe in 2 - 3 years the i5-3570k begins to show it's age. At that point you can overclock for better performance. Thus, postponing the need to buy a new PC for maybe up to another 2 years.


So you say I better skip the 3470+7970 Build?? Because I heard this was the better of the latter.
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February 14, 2013 3:15:19 AM

Sorry, I thought the only difference was the CPU, cooler & motherboard.

The i5-3470 + Radeon HD 7970 would offer better performance.
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February 14, 2013 3:17:22 AM

Ah Thats Ok! So I won't change the PC for next three to four years. I hope that it wont be a prob for such a build, I will upgrade some stuff like RAM or something.
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February 14, 2013 3:21:46 AM

I would not bother with the MSI Radeon HD 7970 for $497. It has a 70MHz overclock above standard clockspeed. You get get a typical 1.0GHz Radeon HD 7970 for much less.

Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 for $380 + Crysis 3 and BioShock

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX Radeon HD 7970 for $370 (after mail-in rebate) + Crysis 3 and BioShock

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


If you think 70MHz is worth the extra $115 - $125, then go ahead and buy the MSI Radeon HD 7970. To me, it's a waste of money.
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February 14, 2013 3:23:37 AM

^^^

The savings means you can get the i5-3570k, the heatsink and the motherboard you selected...

... and you still save a few bucks...
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February 14, 2013 3:24:55 AM

How is the Sapphire 7970 Vapor X Then??
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February 14, 2013 3:25:22 AM

Best answer selected by hotshot2797.
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February 14, 2013 3:31:14 AM

Vapor X is basically a tech that Sapphire developed to help cool down their graphic cards more quietly.

In general, Sapphire cards are very good. They are a subsidiary of PC Partners. PC Partners is a major OEM (original equipment manufacturer) of graphic cards for many other brands. Basically, they make video cards for other brands (and their own), then they slap stickers on 'em and ship 'em out. For example, MSI cards might be coming off PC Partner's production line.

Another major OEM of graphic cards is Pine Technologies. They own the XFX brand name.
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February 14, 2013 3:32:02 AM

I'll pass for a 3470 and a sapphire 7970
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February 14, 2013 3:37:40 AM

Sorry, I'm not very knowledgeable about cases. The way I buy cases is to make a detailed list of specific features I am looking, then I do research, a lot of research...

For example, when looking for a HTPC case l made a list of 20 specific features I was looking for. It probably took around 3 or 4 months of research. I settled on the Silverstone Crown CW02 Black case. It matched 19 out 20 features. The feature that didn't match? Price... It was over $350 (that's without the PSU; just a hunk of aluminum).

As for the case you selected, it seems fine. CM makes good cases, but I can't say the same thing about their power supplies.
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February 14, 2013 3:49:26 AM

Corsair PSU's are generally very good. They basically use two OEMs to manufacture their PSUs; Seasonic and CWT (Channelwell Tech). There's a 3rd but they only make one of their 1000w+ PSUs.

Seasonic is more or less on a level of their own; plain and simple. Thus, far I only buy Seasonic's own brand of PSUs; not what they manufacture for other brands. While not in the same ballpark as Seasonic, CWT is known for make very good, solid PSUs and I don't have a problem recommending any of the ones they make.

The Corsair PSU you selected is based on one of Seasonic's own PSU.
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February 14, 2013 4:01:15 AM

Also I feel I should go for a B75 motherboard as I wont be overclockin?
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February 14, 2013 6:15:25 AM

B75 chipset should be fine compared to the H77 chipset, the B75 lacks RAID and some functions related to RAID.
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February 14, 2013 6:16:58 AM

Sorry for the super Dumb question, what's RAID?
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February 15, 2013 4:52:04 PM

Not impressed with the Acer B233HL. Look into 23/24" Asus models.
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