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Should I upgrade to an i7-3770k ?

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November 9, 2013 4:58:32 AM

My current rig:

i5-2400
Asus Geforce GTX 770 2GB OC
16 GB ddr3 1333
Asus P8H67-M mobo
750w psu

My question is if I should upgrade to an i7-3770k seeing it is already a bit old.
Problem about upgrading to a 4th gen cpu is my mobo. If I could have any tips I'd be thankful (:

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November 9, 2013 5:14:53 AM

upgrading to an i7 isn't necessary if you are only going to be using it mainly for gaming, an i5 will be sufficient. However, I hope you realize that you motherboard is a Socket 1155, so you could only upgrade to an 2nd or 3rd generation i5/i7 procesor. Also, there is no need in getting a "k" series cpu, your motherboard does not support overclocking.

If you are wanting to get a 4th generation cpu, then you will need to upgrade your motherboard as well, which probably means a new OS disk/key also.
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November 9, 2013 5:34:39 AM

Eh see how much you can sell your i5 2400 for and then look for deals on non-k model 3rd gen i5s and i7s.

You could grab a i5 3450 or 3570(non-K) for $170ish and it would be a decent upgrade. You may be able to find a i7 3770 for $275.

animal is right about your motherboard though. No overclocking at all. You may want to save up and get a new mobo and cpu at the same time in which I would recommend Haswell.
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November 9, 2013 5:42:24 AM

vamm said:
My current rig:

i5-2400
Asus Geforce GTX 770 2GB OC
16 GB ddr3 1333
Asus P8H67-M mobo
750w psu

My question is if I should upgrade to an i7-3770k seeing it is already a bit old.
Problem about upgrading to a 4th gen cpu is my mobo. If I could have any tips I'd be thankful (:


Depends what you use your system for.

Gaming? Keep your CPU.

Video Editing, Photoshop, etc. I'd say wait until broadwell to upgrade.

If you need any advice, let us know.
November 9, 2013 5:52:15 AM

Thanks everyone. I am going to wait a bit and save some more and probably i'll be buying a new mobo and a 4th gen cpu.

Just out of curiosity, what motherboard would you guys recommend?
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November 9, 2013 5:55:21 AM

If you want to overclock, Z87

If not, a B85 or H87 would be fine.
November 9, 2013 6:00:46 AM

Alright, thanks both of you again! :D 
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November 9, 2013 6:04:03 AM

Just save enough to get a Z87. It's more "future proof" because even if you don't want to overclock now, you may want to in the future, and you'll have the option. Plus, Z87 mobos have all the best features and are usually are not cheaply made like the lesser boards can be.
There's really no "con" to getting the Z except for paying a little extra, but really, the motherboard is the single most important component of any build so do skimp on it!
November 9, 2013 6:14:36 AM

I'll probably get some money on christmas and such. I'll have to save a bit more but i'm sure it'll be worth it
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November 9, 2013 7:19:33 PM

^ Yeah, I'd say save up for Z87.

What's your budget vamm? Give me a budget and I'll do some research.

ASUS, MSI, and Gigabyte all make really good Z87 boards at the moment.
November 10, 2013 4:42:47 AM

PCDave said:
^ Yeah, I'd say save up for Z87.

What's your budget vamm? Give me a budget and I'll do some research.

ASUS, MSI, and Gigabyte all make really good Z87 boards at the moment.


around 400-500€ for a new cpu and mobo :) 

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