Originally Posted by kratikos
4820 is equal to a 4770, but how does the 4670 compare?
I know in benchmarks my OC 4.8 8350 is equalled to a stock 3770k in most applications.
You eventually reach a point in CPU performance where it doesn't make any difference in gaming. You could run a 4960X with two 7970's, and it might give you two frames more than a overclocked 4670K would. A 4670K with just a modest OC can more than max out any reasonable video setup you throw at it. For that matter, so will an FX-8350 at 4.8 GHz, unless you're playing some game that's heavily dependent on single-core performance.
The Intel "E" platform chips aren't needed for a gaming rig, no matter what Intel marketing tries to claim. They're best used for professional applications. There's a reason most of the gaming enthusiasts on OCN don't use anything more than a 4670K or 4770K. Anything beyond that isn't necessary, and is money best used on better video hardware.