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Hi folks,

I'm curious as to thoughts on what the best CPU to put in my Asus Rampage IV Extreme motherboard is. This system is used predominantly for gaming so that's my focus. It currently has an i7-3820 running at 4Ghz (mild utility OC on air cooling). I'm not too worried about cost but am curious if there's a notable upgrade on the market that I wouldn't need to mess with any substantial OC process to see realistic performance gains.

System also has 64GB DDR3 2200 at stock settings and 2 EVGA GTX 780 Ti OC's so it's not lacking oomph elsewhere. I'm not seeing any significant slowdown or problems but it's been 14 months since any upgrade apart from VPUs so I'm curious. Any info/advice appreciated.
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Well, you list an i7-3970X in your sig, did you sell it ? That is arguably the best LGA 2011 CPU when it comes to overclocking. If you want to trade a bit better IPC and a bit better IMC, lower power consumption and a certified PCIe 3.0 controller for less overclock headroom, then an IB-e CPU would be the thing to get. Depending on your budget, either a Core i7-4930K or the i7-4960X. An hexacore compared to the i7-3820 would definitely buy you a few more years at the top since games are becoming more multi threaded.
 
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I don't know if you do or not, but you may need to flash your BIOS if you want to go to 4XXXk/x series. Only go 4960x if you want to throw away a lot more money for barely anything more than a 4930k.
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Hi Tpi,

thanks for the feedback. My sig is out of date - that system's since been scavenged into two and the 3970x is in my work system. I considered it old(er) too but I haven't seriously researched any of this since early 2013. Am I going to see much return for a hexacore versus quad at this point, in gaming but also potentially in multi-tasked desktop applications such as large DBs, spreadsheets, etc?

When I last purchased 2 quads in late 2012/early 2013, most advice indicated paying the extra for hexacore then just wasn't worth it. I was mainly curious if that had changed by now and made the leap to hex worth the investment, especially for gaming. You seem to suggest so?
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I checked BIOS and I'm up to date for the 4960 or 4930. The power versus cost ratio seems to make the 4930 look good.
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If I were yoy I would wait for haswell-e and see what`s the price drop on the 4960x and what brings the 350usd range in haswell-e
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What kind of wait would I anticipate with that? Bonuses of the Haswell-e?
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Any reason I'd expect to see much performance boost from the 4930 or 4960 hex versus the current i7-3820 quad or am I really looking at future-proofing for a few years on that investment, rather than current improvements? I realize that's a bit of a 'how long is a piece of string' question but still ... I can afford the investment and want to if it's practically worth it. I notice with the upcoming Haswell chips I'd be looking at a likely mobo and RAM upgrade or update, too, which I could do without for a while.
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Well... I'm not sure about BCLK OC'ing, but you get access to multiplier OC'ing. And four more threads. I could definitely use them when I'm streaming...
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