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Keep low clocking 3770k or bite the bullet and go X79?

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Hey guys. As some of you probably know by this point, I recently bought a 3770k from the Intel Retail Edge program and it completely sucks in terms of clocks. 4.65 is the best I can get out of it and that's with high volts to boot. It may have been damaged delidding or I just have the worst luck ever in terms of the silicon lottery. Anyway. I'm now torn between 3 options. One is that I just keep the chip and deal with it. Considering I had a 2500k that clocked to 5ghz and do mostly gaming, it's somewhat of a downgrade in anything but heavily threaded games. However, because I sold the 2500k I had, I basically broke even in the deal. The second option is I invest the money in X79 and get a 3930k with a decent mobo. I realize this is going to be costly, but I've recently come into some extra money so it shouldn't be an issue. The final thing I could see myself doing is just buying another 3770k either through a retailer, or specifically asking for a good clocking one and pay extra for one on here.

Putting yourself in my shoes as someone who loves to overclock, tweak and get the best performance, what would you do?
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Always seeking to have the best clocking hardware can be an endless cycle of buying, selling, more buying, and more selling thumb.gif

I would just keep the 3770K and give it a little push to 4.3 or 4.4GHz. Moving to a 3930K is pointless not to mention a major waste of money if all that you are doing is mostly gaming.
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Always seeking to have the best clocking hardware can be an endless cycle of buying, selling, more buying, and more selling thumb.gif

I would just keep the 3770K and give it a little push to 4.3 or 4.4GHz. Moving to a 3930K is pointless not to mention a major waste of money if all that you are doing is mostly gaming.

Yeah, I know, but I like to have the best of the best, plus I'm an avid benchmarker. Sure, it's still wasting money but it's money I enjoy wasting thumb.gif
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maybe you could try re deliding it might help. or keep it as is as still if you can get it to 4.4 it is still a nice OC, even at stock the 3770k is no slouch.

there might be a really nice 3770k in the marketplace soon, i just appraised one smile.gif
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Well buying a 3930k can be a gamble when in comes to overclocks. Guy in the Rampage IV thread got one recently and he's not happy with it's 4.5Ghz 1.39v unstable overclock.

But x79 is the way go for benchmarking, and I feel the same way as you. I'd take the chance on a 3930k and go x79.

I hope you get a get good one if you decide to take that route!thumb.gif
    
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