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I mean, since the OP didnt write what he is going to use the system for its impossible to help him. I cant understand why he would even consider getting a i7 4770 and a new mobo and still not mention upgrading of the other stuff. The cheapest and best option is still, get a new mobo and clock the cpu like its stolen.
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post #12 of 21
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Originally Posted by PachAz View Post

I mean, since the OP didnt write what he is going to use the system for its impossible to help him. I cant understand why he would even consider getting a i7 4770 and a new mobo and still not mention upgrading of the other stuff. The cheapest and best option is still, get a new mobo and clock the cpu like its stolen.

If it is actually the Motherboard at fault. If he I going to replace both, as stated, that may be the right thing to do. And if so, your would go for the latest.
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Originally Posted by Arxontas View Post

If I were you, I would buy a good motherboard first, install it, and then sell my old motherboard. You would cover most of the cost of the new motherboard through selling your old one.

That's sketchy... as long as he list all the stipulations on the sale then sure, but damn passing one's crap to another is shady...

However I do agree upgrade the motherboard first and just retire the old one instead of selling, looks like he's got his use out of it anyways... at least time wise...

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post #14 of 21
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Is the H60/7870XT really that bad that it needs replacing? A lot of comments on getting a new heatsink and new GFX card instead of a new mobo/CPU.

Edit: This computer is for home use, school and for gaming.
post #15 of 21
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Originally Posted by Alkajak View Post

Is the H60/7870XT really that bad that it needs replacing? A lot of comments on getting a new heatsink and new GFX card instead of a new mobo/CPU.

Edit: This computer is for home use, school and for gaming.

Its not that the 7870XT is bad. More like the 2500k is so good that swapping out an mid-range card like the 7870 for something faster will yield a far bigger performance boost as far as gaming is concerned.
    
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That's sketchy... as long as he list all the stipulations on the sale then sure, but damn passing one's crap to another is shady...

Why? Strictly speaking, his motherboard is in good working order. If it isn't, he can still sell it "for parts-not working". In any case, he should dump it on e-bay.
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rather spend it all on a better GPU thumb.gif
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Originally Posted by kishagi View Post

I say wait for the benchmarks for the x99 platform 1st, if youre not impressed, then change your motherboard for a better chipset (z68, z77), then get a better cpu heatsink and then overclock your cpu more. and get a better gfx card. like a gtx 760 or radeon R9 270x or another Sapphire HD 7870 XT w/ Boost thumb.gif
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Originally Posted by Alkajak View Post

Is the H60/7870XT really that bad that it needs replacing? A lot of comments on getting a new heatsink and new GFX card instead of a new mobo/CPU.
Edit: This computer is for home use, school and for gaming.

I said a better heatsink only because the H60 can only take care of what I would call "a mid range overclock" safely (4.4 - 4.6ghz maybe) @ full load while under 75 C, which now that I think about it is alright anyways. So yeah I guess the H60 is fine, but get better fans than the stock one that comes with the H60. But if you want to go higher, then get a better CPU heatsink.

And no your GFX card doesnt need replacing, its a Sapphire HD 7870 XT w/ Boost right? That means its not an HD 7870, but a Tahiti LE Card which should have been called the HD 7930.The only reason that you should change this card is if you plan on selling it to crypto miners for a lot of money, or if you cannot find another to crossfire with later on.

Actually now that I think about it, that card should be as good as a GTX 660Ti or a GTX 760, based on the belief that 670 > 7950 > 7870 > 660

In temporary conclusion, as I said before "...wait for the benchmarks for the x99 platform 1st, if youre not impressed, then change your motherboard for a better chipset (z68 or z77), ...and then overclock your CPU more (4.4 - 4.6)

If you are dead set on getting a new CPU, get something used on the same socket. BTW whats the difference between an i5 2500k and 2550k?


EDIT: I found this on Tom's Hardware somewhere. It might help you feel more proud of your i5 2500k biggrin.gif
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
"Really the Intel® Core™ i5-2550K is there to help us meet demand for the Intel Core i5-2500K. In the enthusiast space the Intel Core i5-2500K is by far our best selling processor. Even at a company like Newegg.com they have had days where they have run out of stock. We have heard from a number of performance users how they don't need the IGP (Integrated Graphics on Processor) so this allowed us to release this processor. "

Christian Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team

EDIT2: Just saw that youre using an LE board, I recommend that you switch to an ASUS P8Z77-V, before its too late! tongue.gif
Edited by kishagi - 3/28/14 at 4:45am
post #19 of 21
Why are you considering upgrading?
The 2500K is still a great chip, though You can expect a 15% performance boost if you were to from i5-2500K to an i5-4670K if you're being limited by the CPU.

Newer gen chips of the same tier are always better, but not by enough to justify an upgrade if you think the price of the chip is a lot.


What do you use this computer for?
Depending on that, you will be better off with a new i5 or a new GPU but we cannot say until we know what you do.
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OP, you overclocked and how much?

I run mine i5-2500k @ 4.8ghz and havent been able to justify an upgrade yet. True there would be significant IPC improvements, but I know I'd have trouble hitting the same clockspeeds so in my mind gains would be pretty minimal. It looks like there should be some good options that will interest me coming soon tho, either Devil's Canyon or maybe Broadwell.
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