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Ok so my question is should i go with a 3930k and a RIVE, and try to do a good yellow/black build on it or go to a 4770k and an OC formula which would make it extremely easy to do a yellow/black build. I love the look of the OC formula but Haswell seems to be not that good in terms of overclocking.

PS: i'm upgrading from an FX-4100 and a ****ty gigabyte mobo so either would be good but which is better.
post #2 of 8
Main thing is if you can use the extra cores/threads of the 3930K, or would like the option to. Next probably is how many PCIe lanes you want.
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Either will be a big step forward compared to what you have now.

Unless you need the extra horsepower that you get from a 3930k then you're better off with Haswell.
 
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post #4 of 8
depends on your usage, for gaming and most usage haswell will be better since most games are terribly optimized and use only a few cores. ie a 5ghz i3 woudl be beter than an i7 3990x at 4ghz for most games (and i5 for the rest).

If you have to ask, then you shouldn't get the extreme i7s (or an i7 at all frankly).
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The PCIe lanes shouldn't be a problem, both mobos have 4 16x slots so lots of room, i just don't know whether i will be needing or using that much power from the 3930k, but apparently the 3930k overclocks quite well, and from what i've seen even though it hasn't been out for long the 4770k can't clock that high. Seems i have a lot of thinking ahead of me for this decision biggrin.gif


Either way thanks for your speedy responses smile.gif
post #6 of 8
Keep in mind, Haswell is faster clock for clock, so it might not necessarily clock as high out of the box, it makes up for it with it's improved IPC.

And neither of them have 4 16x slots, well, not when all populated anyways. Without a PLX chip haswell is still limited in terms of the number of lanes. Not that it really matters unless you're adding a bunch of cards.
 
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if you have the money .. go with 3930k thumb.gif
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Originally Posted by KvotheKing View Post

The PCIe lanes shouldn't be a problem, both mobos have 4 16x slots so lots of room, i just don't know whether i will be needing or using that much power from the 3930k, but apparently the 3930k overclocks quite well, and from what i've seen even though it hasn't been out for long the 4770k can't clock that high. Seems i have a lot of thinking ahead of me for this decision biggrin.gif


Either way thanks for your speedy responses smile.gif

its not a very hard decision, and if you have to think about it then the extreme isn't for you. It's for a very, very specialized user doing extremely intensive, multi-threaded applications on a commercial level basically. it's a server chip. You really need to tell us what exact programs you use for us to tell you the best choice but for gaming and general usage, a haswell i5 will literally beat any ivy or sandy of any core count just with how games are threaded.
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