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I'm building a new rig and I'm stuck wondering if I should get the i5 4670k or an i7 4770k for my micro atx build. So far I have an asus gtx 670, an xfx 650 watt power supply and 2x4gb 2133 gskill ram. The i7 is just about at my budget if I can get my watercooling parts at a decent price. Budget is $1500. The video card, psu, and ram cost 300. So 900 for the cpu, mobo, case, and wc parts. Planning on the asrock z87m oc formula for mobo so far.
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What are you typically planning to use your build for? Get the i7 if you do lots of encoding, video editing, etc... the type of stuff that uses lots of threads. Otherwise, if this is primarily for gaming, just save the extra cash an go with the i5. Granted, there are a few games that seem to be an exception to this - I've never played these, but it sounds like BF4 and Flight Simulator X are a few games that will utilize more threads than usual. But, in general, the i7 doesn't do much to help in most games out there. TBH, you'd really just be giving up Hyperthreading and 100 MHz (which is negligible anyway if you're overclocking).

Edit: I just noticed no "K" on the i5 in the title...just to be clear, you are indeed considering a 4670K?
Edited by francisw19 - 11/28/13 at 9:49am
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Will be mostly for games, streaming, browsing internet, and amateur overclocking and watercooling lol. So mostly a hobby. Yes the k versions for sure. The missing k in the title was an android and out o correct accident probably.
However I want it to last awhile considering I won't upgrade for at least 3 years. So will 4770k be somewhat futureproofing? Or will hyperthreading not become more useful later on.
Last rig was i7 950 so not sure if I'll notice a difference with no hyperthreading on my next rig.
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thinking.gif Hmm...future-proofing is an interesting consideration. TBH, if you bought for today, you can flip a coin...both CPUs would perform very much the same for the way you use your PC. How things will change 3 years down the road, I have no idea. If more and more games came out that used say 6 or 8 threads, then the i7 would be a good purchase now. That said, personally, I'm not a fan of future-proofing - in my experience I seem to get bit in the a$$ by it more often than it helps. I think what you should consider more is how your usage habits may change over the life-time of your build...do you think you'll get into things like video editing (maybe edit game-play footage, for example) or other CPU-intensive stuff? This is just an example, but you get the idea. smile.gif
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Lol. I've always been the type to go big or go home. I want the i7 more, just wish I could get it for less >.>
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I had a 4670K for a few months, then got a 4770K on a deal at MC. I have not noticed a difference in performance yet, but if you plan to use applications where you would benefit from hyperthreading then I would say get the i7. Most games currently do not utilize HT so you wouldn't notice much of a difference there. But as another user previously pointed out, more games in the future could utilize hyperthreading and that is where you would really notice a difference. Either way both of them are great CPUs.
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I'm planning on getting this motherboard for either the i5 or i7. Any thoughts/suggestions? Would the i5 be worth this board or would the i7 be more fitting?
http://m.newegg.com/Product?itemNumber=N82E16813157393
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post #8 of 9
I7 for streaming purposes
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Also onlu 70 difference in price
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