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Ok, im hoping to not have to wear a flame suit on this but here it goes. I am currently an AMD fanboy. I currently have an AMD Crosshair formula V matched with an 8350 and I want to go bigger and better. With that said. Im looking into an Intel board and CPU. I do want to get back into gaming so im thinking an i7 would be better. With a $550 budget, what would be the best combo? I already have a corsair 1050 PSU and an EVGA 770 GPU 16gb Gskill 1600 RAM. I probably wont be overclocking it much. I will however be looking into watercooling in the near future.
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For gaming, the gold standard these days is a 4670k + ~$150 motherboard of your preferred brand. The only thing an i7 gains over the i5 is hyperthreading, which doesn't really help games at this point. (BF4 actually loses performance with HT enabled for some reason)
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For gaming, the gold standard these days is a 4670k + ~$150 motherboard of your preferred brand. The only thing an i7 gains over the i5 is hyperthreading, which doesn't really help games at this point. (BF4 actually loses performance with HT enabled for some reason)
^ This

the 4670k will improve your FPS over the 8350, though not by much. Honestly, for the price of a 4770k, you can get into a 4820K and an X79 motherboard. Its a little more expensive, probably over your budget, but at the same time you can upgrade into whatever extremely high end intel CPU you want later, ie the 4930k. If you have a microcenter near you, http://www.microcenter.com/product/418180/Core_i7_4820K_LGA_2011_Boxed_Processor

Here is an i5 w/ mobo
CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($227.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD5H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($193.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $421.98

This is what I recommend.
CPU: Intel Core i7-4820K 3.7GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.97 @ TigerDirect)
Motherboard: ASRock X79 Extreme6 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($224.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $544.95
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excuse my ignorance but is the 2011 newer than the 1150?
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excuse my ignorance but is the 2011 newer than the 1150?
Technically no.

2011 was started, I believe before Ivy-brdige, though it could have just been soon after. It started with sandybridge-e, which was its only line until about mid-way through last year, when they added the haswell-e. So technically no, socket 2011 is older then socket 1150, but 2011 has a newer processor line then 1150.
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No, it is older. LGA 2011 was for sand/ivy-E, and LGA 1150 is for Haswell/Devil's canyon.
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so should I get a 1150 i7 rather than the 2011 that was recommended?
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so should I get a 1150 i7 rather than the 2011 that was recommended?
Well with the 1150 i7, it will be a little cheaper, but it will have no real upgrade. Sure the haswell refresh is coming out onto the same 1150 board, but at the same time its really not going to be that much better. Lower temps, like 2% more performance. Now with the 2011 i7, you can upgrade down the road (if you want) to the 4930K 6-core, which is a beast.

Neither will leave you at a dis-advantage, but both will cost about the same and one doesnt have an upgrade path (if you wanted to).
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Depends on how much you are willing to spend. The -E processors are stronger but also much more expensive (especially the hex-cores). I'm sure Broadwell will have its own socket when it comes out (intel goes through sockets like candy) so upgrades will be somewhat limited on both.

If you think you might go for one of the hex-cores down the line, go for 2011. Just be aware the hex-cores cost $500+ for just the CPU. Otherwise, wait for Devil's Canyon and grab one of the unlocked processors from that line. Intel has said that DC won't use toothpaste as thermal paste in the lid, unlike Ivy and Haswell.
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Depends on how much you are willing to spend. The -E processors are stronger but also much more expensive (especially the hex-cores). I'm sure Broadwell will have its own socket when it comes out (intel goes through sockets like candy) so upgrades will be somewhat limited on both.

If you think you might go for one of the hex-cores down the line, go for 2011. Just be aware the hex-cores cost $500+ for just the CPU. Otherwise, wait for Devil's Canyon and grab one of the unlocked processors from that line. Intel has said that DC won't use toothpaste as thermal paste in the lid, unlike Ivy and Haswell.
^ This. Granted, by the time you think you will get a 6-core, you can snag them for like $350. I got my 3930k for $420, but it was brand new in box.
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