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post #1 of 15
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Hello OCN,

I'm in the market for a Nvidia GTX 1070 and while I'm upgrading I was thinking about upgrading my cpu as well. Currently I am running the following build:
- i5 3470 (non K) with CM Hyper 212 Evo air cooler
- 16 gb DDR3 1600 (Corsair Vengeance)
- Asus P8Z77-V LE Plus Motherboard
- XFX Radeon 7850 Double Dissipation
- Seasonic M12II 620Watt 80+ Bronze PSU

This computer is mostly used for gaming (Dying Light, CSGO, Overwatch, and Forza Horizon 3 in the future) and some Lightrom photo editing. I'm debating on 2 options and was wondering if I can get some opinions from the great members of OCN.

The first option is to just upgrade my CPU to a used ivy i7 3770k + Corsair H100i GTX and overclock to around 4.2-4.4 ghz. This should cost about $300-$350.
The second option is to do a complete system overhaul with i5 6600k, Z170 mobo, 16gb of ddr4 ram, corsair H100i GTX, a new case, and possibly a new PSU. This comes out to about $1150 according to pcpartspicker.

Is it worth it to buy used i7 3770k? I have read that they have a lot of overheating issue if not cooled properly? Is it worth it for me to upgrade to the new skylake set up for the games I intend to play?

Sorry I'm new here and will greatly appreciate any input.
post #2 of 15
I'm new here too but I was facing pretty much the same dilemma a couple weeks ago and decided to build a new rig cause YOLO. The i5 6600K has some serious headroom for OC, I'm using an H55 unit and have it at 65C at 4.6 GHz. If you shop smart on Newegg I bet you could get all those parts for $700 or less.

Personally, it just doesn't make much sense to me to upgrade to a CPU that's three generations old. It's an upgrade, but is it really an upgrade?
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post #3 of 15
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Hmm that's a very good point about upgrading a 3 generation old PC. I might just take my time and get the new parts for a good price. Now to wait and see if I can actually get a very good deal on an i7 6700k instead tongue.gif
post #4 of 15
I disagree the 3770k will beat the 6600 in just about everything except integrated graphics which you aren't using. It missing some key features newer tech has but I would say 3770k all the way for another 2 to 4 years before I jump
post #5 of 15
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Originally Posted by enigma7820 View Post

I disagree the 3770k will beat the 6600 in just about everything except integrated graphics which you aren't using. It missing some key features newer tech has but I would say 3770k all the way for another 2 to 4 years before I jump

What key features are we talking about? I would like this to be future proof for at least 5 years before I have to upgrade CPU again. Can i7 3770k handle 4k and VR?
post #6 of 15
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I disagree the 3770k will beat the 6600 in just about everything except integrated graphics which you aren't using. It missing some key features newer tech has but I would say 3770k all the way for another 2 to 4 years before I jump

Are you sure about that? http://cpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Intel-Core-i7-3770K-vs-Intel-Core-i5-6600K/1317vs3503
I read somewhere on this forum that the 6600K is essentially the best gaming CPU on the market. I don't know enough to make that statement myself but that's what I've heard. Now, the i7 has more threads if you want to do folding or some other kind of work that would make use of that, but for gaming the i5 should, based on what I've seen, beat out the i7. Feel free to correct me if you have some evidence to show that I'm wrong.

Besides, another benefit to upgrading is that you won't have to do a huge overhaul if you upgrade again in the next couple years.


As far as the i7 goes, newegg had them for $315 I think a few days ago. I've heard that it's actually a worse processor for gaming as the hyper threading makes it run hotter, and doesn't really have that much of an impact on games.

I was able to put together something just with parts off Newegg's July 4th sale flyer for under $700. That includes an ASUS ROG motherboard, EVGA GQ 850 PSU, 16 GB ripjaws RAM, 480 GB OCZ SSD, and the i5. The SSD is $120 and you can shave off another $50-60 by going with a Gigabyte mobo instead, so that's just over $500 before adding on a case and cooler. You can easily get those for $150-$170. Best part is fast free shipping.
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post #7 of 15
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Are you sure about that? http://cpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Intel-Core-i7-3770K-vs-Intel-Core-i5-6600K/1317vs3503
I read somewhere on this forum that the 6600K is essentially the best gaming CPU on the market. I don't know enough to make that statement myself but that's what I've heard. Now, the i7 has more threads if you want to do folding or some other kind of work that would make use of that, but for gaming the i5 should, based on what I've seen, beat out the i7. Feel free to correct me if you have some evidence to show that I'm wrong.

Besides, another benefit to upgrading is that you won't have to do a huge overhaul if you upgrade again in the next couple years.


As far as the i7 goes, newegg had them for $315 I think a few days ago. I've heard that it's actually a worse processor for gaming as the hyper threading makes it run hotter, and doesn't really have that much of an impact on games.

I was able to put together something just with parts off Newegg's July 4th sale flyer for under $700. That includes an ASUS ROG motherboard, EVGA GQ 850 PSU, 16 GB ripjaws RAM, 480 GB OCZ SSD, and the i5. The SSD is $120 and you can shave off another $50-60 by going with a Gigabyte mobo instead, so that's just over $500 before adding on a case and cooler. You can easily get those for $150-$170. Best part is fast free shipping.

Wow thank for that list. I'm totally jacking it now haha. Is that the current July 4th Sale from newegg?
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Yup. You can probably find even better deals on certain things too. That RAM is a good deal for sure though, under $60 for 16GB of DDR4 2400.
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post #9 of 15
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So I got lucky and had a relative that was able to pick up an i7 6700k from microcenter for me. So far my tentative build is as follow:
- Intel i7 6700k
- Asus ROG Maximus VIII Ranger
- In Win 303 Chassis
- 16 gb G.Skill DDR4 2400
- EVGA 80+ Gold 750watt
- Corsair H100i GTX (Might go with some other AIO options like NZXT or thermaltake)
- Asus GTX 1070 Strix or MSI Gaming X GTX 1070

One question, is it worth it to pay extra $20 for 3000 or 3200 ram? I will be doing some photo editing through lightroom and maybe photoshop.
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I'm not very experienced with RAM, but it might be. My benchmark scores seem a little low for my hardware, and I'm wondering if my 2666 RAM might be bottlenecking. Low as a relative term of course, I'm still getting 4400+ in 3Dmark ultra, but I'm seeing a lot of higher physics scores reported by people with similarly overclocked i5 6600k's, and they mostly seem to have either higher clocked or quad-channel RAM.
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