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Hey guys, I just happened to acquire an i7 4770k from microcenter when they were on sale and I was wondering if they are worthwhile to upgrade to from my i5 3570K running at 4.5ghz. My other option would be to sell the processor (BNIB, never been opened) and purchase an r9 290 to upgrade my graphics card from the current MSI GTX 660 tf/oc. It's a hard decision because I really love building systems and figure I can sell my 3570k and msi z77a-gd65 gaming edition board.

Additionally: I primarily use my rig for gaming, BF4, Day Z, DOTA 2, Tomb Raider and the new COD. I do some folding occasionally nowadays.

Thanks for your input.
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Hey guys, I just happened to acquire an i7 4770k from microcenter when they were on sale and I was wondering if they are worthwhile to upgrade to from my i5 3570K running at 4.5ghz. My other option would be to sell the processor (BNIB, never been opened) and purchase an r9 290 to upgrade my graphics card from the current MSI GTX 660 tf/oc. It's a hard decision because I really love building systems and figure I can sell my 3570k and msi z77a-gd65 gaming edition board.

Additionally: I primarily use my rig for gaming, BF4, Day Z, DOTA 2, Tomb Raider and the new COD. I do some folding occasionally nowadays.

Thanks for your input.

sell it and put it towards a new card for sure thumb.gif
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for gaming you will not see any difference between the 3570k and 4770k
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Not worth it, you'll be better off getting a new GPU.
     
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Thanks everyone for your advice and input! Now do you think I should go with a 780 or an r9 290?! I originally had a PowerColor r9 290 but was plagued with black screens, returned to newegg and they refunded instead of replacing it for me because my card had been discontinued and they had put out a new PowerColor running at 975 clock speed vs the original 947 lol.
post #6 of 7
A 290/x with aftermarket cooling
post #7 of 7
My vote goes to the 780 or a 780ti if you are feeling frisky wink.gif .
     
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BenQ XL2430T Acer H243H Rosewill Illuminated Mechanical Gaming Keyboard... EVGA Supernova 1000P2 
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Azza Hurrican Blue Cooler Master Xornet My desk  Some old Altech Lansing 5.1 Speakers 
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Acer H243H Westinghouse WDE LCM-17v2 Rosewill Illuminated Mechanical Gaming Keyboard... Cougar 1050w modular  
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