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Hey all. I´m planning on upgrading my gaming pc later this year around November or so and would very much appreciate your help.

Ok, so I´ve managed to get a good deal on a GTX760 and finally got from 4gb to 8gb, and now I´m looking to pair it with a good CPU since I´m still using an old Phenom II x4. ( yes, I know...not a very balanced system and kind of a bottleneck in quite a few games I like, but my budget only allowed me one thing at a time biggrin.gif )

Anyway, I´m currently doing some research on Haswell, and was thinking about the i5 4670K, but then again, I´ve read some very mixed thoughts about so far.

What do you guys think? Would it be better to go for the i5 4670K, the i5 3570K ( both are basically the same price here ), or wait for next year's planned Haswell refresh? Sorry for my ignorance, I´m not sure what a refresh would be...only a bit higher clocks? As for overclocking, I´m planning on doing a little bit, maybe 4.2Ghz since I don´t own a very high performance cooler. Also, what motherboards would you recommend? Either socket 1155 or 1150 depending on what you think I should upgrade to, just please keeping in mind I can´t afford a premium MB or something like that, so a more basic one in terms of features, but good quality.

Thanks a lot for any input!
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OCZ Agility3 60GB SSD  Seagate Barracuda 500GB Hitachi 320GB Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit 
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LG Flatron 23'' A4tech Corsair TX750 v2 NZXT Phantom 410 
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post #2 of 4
Id get a better CPU cooler like a noctua U14s and overclock your current CPU a bit more to 4GHz-4.1GHz. That should remove a lot of your bottleneck out. A 965 is still capable for gaming and the 760 isnt such a big GPU that it would be held back heaps with a 965BE Oc'd.

If you were to upgrade then Id look at a 4670K and an Asus Z-87A. Inexpensive but has most of the features. Still able to do a decent overclock.

Z87a - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131981
U14s - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608041
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If you are not going to overclock and you want to upgrade the CPU go Haswell. If you are going to overclock you might actually be better off with the 3570.

Although really you might just want to funnel that money into a better monitor instead. Get a 27" ISP/PLS 2560x1440 LCD or a 24" 120/144Hz LCD.
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post #4 of 4
Go with the 4670K man... It is newer and better thumb.gif
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