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I5 2500k now or i7 3820 next month

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January 3, 2013 1:04:47 PM

I couldn't decide if I should wait and get the i7 or just get the i5 now.

Approximate Purchase Date: if i5 then in a week or 2, if i7 then in February

Budget Range: for January 800 Euro, for February 900 Euro

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, video/picture editing, surfing the internet

Preferred Website for Parts: mindfactory.de

Country: Germany

Parts:
CPU/Mobo: i5 2500k, ASRock z77 Extreme4 or i7 3820, ASRock x79 Extreme4

GPU: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 OC

RAM: 8GB G.Skill 2x4 kit if i5, 16gb 4x4 kit if i7 both @ 1600

HDD: WD 500gb SATA3 (will get an ssd later)

PSU: XFX 650W Pro Core edition

Case: Corsair Carbide 400R

CPU cooler: if i5 then Hyper 212 EVO, if i7 then probably some cheap temporary cooler until i get more money

Additional Details: By summer I will sell the HD 7870 to a friend and get 2 GTX 670's

More about : 2500k 3820 month

January 3, 2013 1:16:45 PM

I'd wait and get the 3820 due to the fact of the benefits which the lga 2011 platform holds.
January 3, 2013 6:09:11 PM

electricfirebolt said:
I'd wait and get the 3820 due to the fact of the benefits which the lga 2011 platform holds.


Not really - for gaming you don't come out ahead going with X79 - it's too expensive for not a lot of benefit. You're better off paying less for the CPU and more for the GPU.
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January 3, 2013 6:25:06 PM

^ completely agree
January 3, 2013 6:53:06 PM

depends how much "video/picture editing" you do and if you think you will use hyperthreading enough to make it worth the extra €109? you are the only one that can answer those questions. also why not 3570k or 3770k if you are getting a z77 motherboard?

i would only get the X79 if you got the 3930K+ cpu with its 6 cores. your current parts list wouldn't take advantage of the other 2 benefits of 2011 the quad channel memory and extra PCIe.
January 3, 2013 7:34:44 PM

jonjonjon said:
depends how much "video/picture editing" you do and if you think you will use hyperthreading enough to make it worth the extra €109? you are the only one that can answer those questions. also why not 3570k or 3770k if you are getting a z77 motherboard?

i would only get the X79 if you got the 3930K+ cpu with its 6 cores. your current parts list wouldn't take advantage of the other 2 benefits of 2011 the quad channel memory and extra PCIe.


Well I mainly want to get the X79 because socket 1155 is coming to an end with Haswell and I can't get the 3930K until May so i was thinking maybe I could get the 3820 and when the Ivy-E (or whatever it's called) comes out I could buy a better cpu. Oh and by summer time I will have 2 GTX 670's in SLI so having both of them working at x16 would be better.
January 3, 2013 7:37:54 PM

Red35 said:
Well I mainly want to get the X79 because socket 1155 is coming to an end with Haswell and I can't get the 3930K until May so i was thinking maybe I could get the 3820 and when the Ivy-E (or whatever it's called) comes out I could buy a better cpu. Oh and by summer time I will have 2 GTX 670's in SLI so having both of them working at x16 would be better.


No matter what CPU you buy you have to be aware that a newer and better one will come along to replace it. It's not really worth spending $600 on a CPU for your uses because unless you're running hardcore rendering apps like Revit and Maya or Adobe Premiere on a multiple display setup, that's probably not where you will come out ahead.
January 3, 2013 7:40:15 PM

Neither. I'd get the 3770k over the 3820 if you are doing TONS of video editing. If you aren't then a 3570k is just as good for a bit of editing. Plus getting the 3770k will save you a fair bit of money on a motherboard.

Yeah I know you people are going to complain about me recommending the 3770k over the 3820k, but price/performance wise, you get a more with the 3770k. For one, overclocking. You can't OC the 3820, maybe a little, but not much. And another thing is architecture. The 3820 is still based off of the Sandy Bridge architecture, whilst the 3770k is based off of the newer Ivy Bridge architecture, so there are more benefits there.
January 3, 2013 7:49:25 PM

I just realized that the i7 3820 + ASRock X79 Extreme4 costs only 30 euros more than i7 3770k + ASRock Z77 Extreme4 so I think I'm gonna get the X79 since I'll have better upgrading choices

*EDIT* actually imma get the x79/3820 cause bitches love that ***. (sarcasm)
January 3, 2013 11:47:54 PM

Red35 said:
I just realized that the i7 3820 + ASRock X79 Extreme4 costs only 30 euros more than i7 3770k + ASRock Z77 Extreme4 so I think I'm gonna get the X79 since I'll have better upgrading choices

*EDIT* actually imma get the x79/3820 cause bitches love that ***. (sarcasm)


Wow, that's not a bad deal actually. I'd say go for it.
January 3, 2013 11:52:46 PM

you don't have better upgrading options with X79. ivy bridge-e will just be a slightly better version of the sandy bridge-e. just like regular sandy to ivy. not to mention a 3770k is faster and uses less power..
January 4, 2013 8:48:17 AM

jonjonjon said:
you don't have better upgrading options with X79. ivy bridge-e will just be a slightly better version of the sandy bridge-e. just like regular sandy to ivy. not to mention a 3770k is faster and uses less power..


I think that being able to upgrade to a 6 core is a good upgrading option. A 3770k is faster? I'd like to see some benchmarks on that.
January 4, 2013 9:00:29 AM

Yeah, the 3770K because 3820 is Sandy.

You don't buy components based on what you can upgrade to, you buy them based on what you need (now). You're making a bad choice.
January 4, 2013 12:17:22 PM

Ok, if i were to go with Z77, should I go with 2700k (251 euros) or 3770k (290 euros)? I think that 3770k isnt worth the 40 euro price difference. and for the money I'd have left I could get 16gb of ram or I could save up a bit and get an ssd.
January 5, 2013 12:38:48 AM

Don't buy Ivy Bridge system now, its a dead socket in 3 months. Wait for Haswell to come out in April and then you can get the i5 4570k.
January 5, 2013 12:51:07 AM

haswell is coming in june. 6 months. either way don't wait.
January 5, 2013 2:36:41 AM

Yeah, unless you want to wait 6 months for Haswell, get (whatever you have decided to get). And IMHO it doesn't seem like much of an upgrade. I mean, both use the 22nm process, and Ivy still has a lot of time left in it, so I don't see a good reason to upgrade until Skymont.
January 5, 2013 2:41:11 AM

Red35 said:
I think that being able to upgrade to a 6 core is a good upgrading option. A 3770k is faster? I'd like to see some benchmarks on that.


also buying a $300 3820 to upgrade to a $500+ 6 core ivy bridge-e is not what i would consider a good upgrade option. too me that's just wasting money for a marginal upgrade. either buy the 6 core now or get the 3770k.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/523?vs=551
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