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I am look to switch to intel soon. My budget is $350 max. I am looking to over o/c, hopefully into the 5ghz. range. I mainly play action games.


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The i7 would be more future proof but overall it depends on the games you'll be playing and whether or not they'll make use of the 8 threads.
Whether you go Ivy Bridge or Haswell, if you want to hit 5ghz, you'll have to delid and have a good water cooler to go with it. If you don't plan to water cool, the most you'll probably hit on Ivy is 4.4-4.6. These chips run really hot.
Edited by trojan92 - 10/27/13 at 5:12pm
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Get the i5 3570K or 4670K if you want to save a bit of money and use it for watercooling parts...
Get the i7 3770K or 4770K if you want better overall performance and a future proof CPU.

Either way, If you want to hit 5GHz you're gonna have to:

1. Be very lucky
2. Delid
3. Watercool the hell out of it

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If I went with an i5,how much performance increase would I see over my Phenom? I really do want to skimp out on the mobo.
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Given your high overclock, it's not going to be a massive night and day difference between the i5 and Phenom. However, it will still be a large upgrade. The i7 is definitely more future proof. Also, as said, getting 5 ghz on an i5 or i7 is more luck than anything. My particular i7 needs over 1.6v for 5 ghz while needing only about 1.45 for 4.9. It's really luck of the draw. If you want to skimp on a board, that makes it even less likely you'll hit 5 ghz. You need a good board to push the volts you'll need for 5 ghz, unless you get some kind of freak golden CPU that needs only 1.35-1.4 for 5 ghz.
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ok.I will save for i7 with a good board.
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