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I just got a 3770k and Z77 mpower for 450$ my asrock board has a weird problem with overclocking past 4.4MHz and I have confirmed that it is the board as my 2500K does better on a friends board.Now I was going to upgrade my dads PC from a AMD phenom 550 that does unlock to a quad with my 2500K and asrock motherboard as he don't need to overclock. Now my problem is I don't know if I should just return it and say its not worth it or get a 4770k that will be at least 100$ more for the same set up just new socket and, heat, and problems.

What do you guys think should I keep it for the 450$ I spent or return also the Mpower not having offset voltage I now fined out has me kinda turned off on it all. What do you guys think for that price should I keep it all.
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Uh... this is totally up to you but... yeh I would get the new platform. Why do you want an i7? Just wondering... not saying that it's the wrong choice but if your worried about the $100 then problem solved.

I don't own the mpower and I am not going to research it but it is shocking that it does not have some sort of offset voltage system... I have not seen a motherboard without it in a long time but some of them you have to change certain settings for that to show up. Not saying you are wrong about it not having that feature but you wouldn't be the only person returning it for that reason if that is true.

Anyways... do what suites you and can you RMA the malfunctioning board? Also which board is it because if it has a 4+1 phase and your friends has a 8+2 phase that might be the problem.

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The clock for clock performance difference between the 3rd and 4th gen processors isn't necessarily HUGE but future BIOS updates on motherboards could make a difference plus at the moment not much of anything is using the new AVX2 instruction set that is in the 4th gen CPUs but once they do start including that feature in upcoming software you could expect the 4th gen CPUs to be even faster.
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The msi Z77 does not have offset MSI said it was a 100% overclocking board and you have to leave voltage at auto and use LLC and the multipliers to make vid go up. Or you can use fixed that's it but a lot of people have it at 4.5 with vid and LLC settings it seems or they use a fixed Vcore all the time. As for the I7 I want to start doing some graphics art stuff just not to crazy but learn some of it plus I want to upgrade my dads PC as I am on it a lot and I feel like I am going back 10 years when I'm on it LOL JK but it is bad. As for the asrock its a p67 extreme4 Gen3 but from the day I got it I had problems with anything over a multiplier of 44x it just will do weird stuff like a boot loop over and over the little _ symbol up in the left corner and will not boot. But like I said it boots up to 5Mhz on my buddy's motherboard so I don't know.
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The AVX2 may be more important than the hyper-threading later on with certain programs although I can't be certain about that. I am no pro on that matter plus I can not see into the future.

There are also many applications that won't take advantage of 8 logical cores again leaving a possible advantage to the newer generation cpu.

The win win situation would be to just spend the extra $70 and buy the 4770K and the Gigabyte UD3.

Also again no pro or authority on overclocking or anything but have you tried running the bclck at 100.1MHz not saying that it will matter but I seem to remember that making a difference on one of the i7s that I OC'd on a rampage board. To get past the 44 multi I mean.
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