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Long story short, I just helped my brother move from his ancient Phenom II to my platform 3770k + MoBo by selling him mine at a discount. I now need to get something new-ish.

I'm a gamer and was happy with the 3770k but am now desktop-less and need to get something going in that arena so my question is this?

Do I get another 3770k?
Do I get a 4770k?
Or do I go for a 8350?
Or do I go with a Ivy-E type of setup?

I've got between 500-600 to spend on this and I need some help deciding. I need a CPU + MoBo.

I'll be running either one 290x (will get a 2nd when the cash allows), one 7990, or 2 280x.

New PSU and Case are coming tonight and I want to get this built tomorrow. Please help me decide before overnighting from Amazon isn't an option smile.gif

Also of note, there's a Microcenter less than an hour from me!

Thanks!
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WIth two 290X you will want full 16x 3.0 lanes for each GPU. The only platform that can do that is X79.
If you like overclocking, get a 4820k. They apparently OC very well.
As for motherboards I only have experience with the Gigabyte UP4 X79 and the Rampage IV Gene. I have had a much better experience on the Gene, and thus would assume the Formula is very similar.
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While 2 16x lanes is not a bad choice, the theory that 16x bandwidth is needed for 290X crossfire has been thoroughly discussed and debunked in the 290X rumour threads. According to raw calculations, resolutions higher than 4k would be needed before the pcie 3.0 8x bandwidth started causing any noticeable frame drops.
    
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Originally Posted by fleetfeatherΒ View Post

While 2 16x lanes is not a bad choice, the theory that 16x bandwidth is needed for 290X crossfire has been thoroughly discussed and debunked in the 290X rumour threads. According to raw calculations, resolutions higher than 4k would be needed before the pcie 3.0 8x bandwidth started causing any noticeable frame drops.

Ah but why limit yourself? I think it's worth it in every way. PCIe 3.0 gives you 0.7% performance.
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Ah but why limit yourself? I think it's worth it in every way. PCIe 3.0 gives you 0.7% performance.

Yeah it's a fair enough point. Personally, I reckon you could do more for a system performance-wise by avoiding the 2011 socket and spending the money elsewhere (unless the OP is intending on going 3/4-way SLI/Xfire down the road? if so, obviously 2011 socket is the foundation you'd want to be considering).

Without knowing a great deal about the scope the OP is building his system in, I'd go with a more wallet-friendly x87 setup, and put that extra cash saved from not going 2011 socket towards your potential xfire 290x setup, or more cooling (no such thing as too much cooling, right?)

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Ok, so I guess I should have listed this before, but I didn't have time, but here it is now...

Win 8 Pro
Cpu?
MoBo?
GPU?
16gb 2400 RAM 2x8
H220 CPU cooler
1 ssd and 1 hdd
Bleu-Ray writer
Cooler Master 1000v PSU (gold)

I had 3770k and a gigabyte UD-5 z77 and a single Sapphire 7970 Vapor-x. I sold the cpu + mobo to my bro for cheap, and I'm giving the 7970 to my fiancΓ©. He was running a Phenom 965; she has a 5830.

I want to play BF4, Watch Dogs maxed at 2560x1440 with upwards of 60 frames....I need at least as good as I had earlier this week.

I was contemplating the 4770k but the reviews make it sound like it is almost a worse chip than the 3770k, so now I'm second guessing myself. I was going to pair it with a Gigabyte UD4 z87.

The video card is a mystery at the moment, because I don't know how much the 290x will be. But as it stands now I'm either going to get a 7990, a r9-290x, or dual r9-290x. As money permits I would add a 3rd 7970 to tri-fire the 7990, or add a second 290x. Unless AMD surprises everyone and launches low for those who pre-ordered the 290x, then only one at the moment.

Hope that helps. And I am still looking for opinions, so please continue to help 😊.

Thanks.

Edit: I have 400-500 for a CPU + MoBo, and 600ish for the GPU(s).
Edited by kayan - 10/11/13 at 3:38pm
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