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Thinking it's time to upgrade to an i7. I just got a 1440p monitor and it just doesn't have it in it to run games. I have it OC'd to 3.6GHz but it still pegs.

Thoughts for a new build? I like the idea of getting another 7950 to crossfire. Need cpu/mobo/ram. I have a 1000W psu, hopefully I don't need to upgrade that


Basically I want the best performance for the price for gaming, haven't really been following cpus lately so I'm trusting you guys


Also I'm not going to do any video editing or anything, just gaming mostly is going to be the most stressful thing I do and I'm gonna stick to air cooling
Edited by The_Gamer294 - 3/2/13 at 12:20am
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Core i5 3570K (The best gaming cpu)
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 (Best bang for buck CF and SLI board)

Get whichever ram you want.

That combo is pretty much unbeatable for gaming performance and cost.
    
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Core i5 3570K (The best gaming cpu)
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 (Best bang for buck CF and SLI board)

Get whichever ram you want.

That combo is pretty much unbeatable for gaming performance and cost.

I wouldn't recommend the Z77 Extreme4 for overclocking due to its analog VRMs and inaccurate voltage readings. Either a Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H or -UD3H is the way to go, along with the i5-3570K for gaming. The i7-3770K doesn't add much to the gaming experience, but its hyper-threading can be useful for other things like video rendering and such.
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Core i5 3570K (The best gaming cpu)
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 (Best bang for buck CF and SLI board)

Get whichever ram you want.

That combo is pretty much unbeatable for gaming performance and cost.

Vishera will maul the 3570k in the newer games that are 8 threaded +
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I wouldn't recommend the Z77 Extreme4 for overclocking due to its analog VRMs and inaccurate voltage readings. Either a Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H or -UD3H is the way to go, along with the i5-3570K for gaming. The i7-3770K doesn't add much to the gaming experience, but its hyper-threading can be useful for other things like video rendering and such.

I've got a spare rig running i5 3570K and a Extreme 4 and it clocks like a beast, no issues whatsoever and its been running at 4.5Ghz for about 5 months now.
The Extreme 4 is a lot less expensive than the Gigabyte board and considering I've used 2x Z77X-UD3H both of which died within a couple of months and a replacement was a out of box failure, I would never touch a gigabyte board again.
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Vishera will maul the 3570k in the newer games that are 8 threaded +

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Vishera will maul the 3570k in the newer games that are 8 threaded +

Yeah, so what if the 8350 beat in 3570K in a single "Gaming Evolved" title? All that means is that AMD shipped a couple of duffel bags filled with Euros to Crytek in order to entice them to use every programming trick in the book to increase performance on Vishera, and more importantly ignore every possible tweak for Intel chips.
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Yeah, so what if the 8350 beat in 3570K in a single "Gaming Evolved" title? All that means is that AMD shipped a couple of duffel bags filled with Euros to Crytek in order to entice them to use every programming trick in the book to increase performance on Vishera, and more importantly ignore every possible tweak for Intel chips.

Its not about beating them in one AMD title, Its the fact that new consoles are about to launch, And the consoles are 8 threads, The 3570k can't do eight threads, So it's not as good a investment as the similar priced vishera
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Extreme 4 is fine for oc if you can find it cheap.

I would go with which ever is cheaper i5 or 8350 really.... they seem to trade blows and cpu doesn't add as much fps as a good graphic card.....
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Vishera will maul the 3570k in the newer games that are 8 threaded +

I do like my AMD, will the 8530 be that much at a loss in performance compared to the 3570k when it doesn't have 8 threads? I also like the idea of 8 physical cores rather than hyperthreading.

Thanks for the input guys


Also I'm not going to do any video editing or anything, just gaming mostly is going to be the most stressful thing I do and I'm gonna stick to air cooling
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I do like my AMD, will the 8530 be that much at a loss in performance compared to the 3570k when it doesn't have 8 threads? I also like the idea of 8 physical cores rather than hyperthreading.

Thanks for the input guys


Also I'm not going to do any video editing or anything, just gaming mostly is going to be the most stressful thing I do and I'm gonna stick to air cooling

Imo get a Swift tech apogeee drive II, Quip it with a pump, A 240 rad, And an Xspc bayres with pump, And you'd be able to cool a vishera down really well, And it'd be fairly easy to setup, That said i havn't air cooled in a very long time.
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