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Is it worth upgrading I7 2700k to I7 4770k in my situation?

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My current motherboard, asrock p67 pro3 se is the primary reason why I want to upgrade both my cpu and motherboard. I currently have my 4.6 ghz 2700k at 1.34v but I notice that it throttles back down to 3.5ghz intermittently on a high cpu stressing game or benchmark (temps still 67 or lower). I know my motherboard is of low quality, so it is most likely the issue for not keeping a true 4.6ghz overclock.

So basically, I am very uneasy about the day to day use of this low end motherboard, so I want to upgrade. Also, the game I probably play most recently is starcraft 2 hots if that makes any difference. I am looking at the microcenter i7 4770k + ASRock Z87 Extreme4 + fresh oem install being around the $500 ballpark. I am sure I could help reduce that cost by selling my i7 2700k also.

Another question I have is, would the i7 4770k running at 4.4 - 4.6 ghz require more heat to be dissipated by my water cooling loop than my current 4.6 ghz 2700k. My understanding is that the 4770k will run much hotter, but that is due to less efficient heat transfer (more heat being trapped within the processor itself), but i am interested in the total dissipated heat requirement.

I very much am on the fence about the upgrade even though I really enjoy tinkering with new components. I just am trying to justify the improvement earned for the $300 to $400 cost at the end of the day.
Edited by italstal - 6/4/13 at 2:16pm
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post #2 of 3

Upgrading just your motherboard would be pretty pointless, I agree.

I don't know why you would need 4.6Ghz for Starcraft, but I guess I don't need a hex core for Counter Strike either.

 

I think upgrading to the 1150 socket would be a good idea right now, or maybe in a month or so when we start to see who has the best motherboard.

As for heat, the watts into your wc loop would not be too different because the 2700k is 95w and the 4770k is 84w. Apparently Haswell OCs very well on low voltage but they're still just rumors.

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Ya, I just like to push as close to 120hz on my monitor if I can. My understanding is that starcraft 2 is very cpu limited, so any kind of upgrade would push my fps up (considering that I know my titan isnt a bottleneck).

I would be really awesome if someone had the components to test the difference between the 2700k and 4770k at similar clocks in starcraft2.
Edited by italstal - 6/4/13 at 2:29pm
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H220 with extra UT60 120mm Radiator and ek tita... windows 7 home premium Asus VG236 and Asus VH238 Hx750 
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nzxt phantom 410 
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