Originally Posted by PhotonFanatic
Went and looked around at newegg. The Haswells seem a little high, and I can't tell the difference between them and and Ivy Bridge I5's. They're both 22 nanometer, both have 6Mb L3 cache...and a lot of the reviewers say don't upgrade to Haswell from Ivy Bridge cause the gains are minimal at best. So which Ivy bridge should I get? And which z77 motherboard is known for overclocking well right now?
Since you refer to newegg I'm assuming you're likely to live in either the US or Canada but in which state? Check if you have a nearby microcenter or if you're close enough to make a trip as the savings on the processors is hard to ignore.
Most reviews you read will say the same about upgrading from an ivy bridge to a haswell but either will grant you a world of difference for gaming, assuming you have the GPU to match. Since most of the price tiers on processors correlate with the previous generation give or take $10~ it's highly beneficial to go with haswell to get your moneys worth in the long run. Haswell not only provides up to 10% performance but offers increased sata 3.0 ports and USB ports as well as more flexible frequency overclock. If you're looking for the best value I would say asrock extreme4 series is generally a good recommendation as it yields as much as it's predecessor, z77 extreme4, and then some;overclockability and sli for the price.