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Best Intel CPU for Gaming/CAD/Folding?

  • 3770k

    Votes: 10 31.3%
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    Votes: 2 6.3%
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I hate asking this, but my situation is so specific and I can't extract a solid answer from the other threads on this topic.

I currently have a 3770k (delidded) and an Asrock extreme4. Getting past 5.0Ghz seems impossible. My 18th birthday is coming up in April and I was going to ask for a Gigabyte Sniper 3 so I could have fun with OCing more and run some awesome benches with Quad SLI because I have friends with 670s.

Now I know that 1150 is coming out soon, 1155 is dead, and 2011 has at least IB-E going for it. I really... REALLY want to go for 6 cores and a 3930k. I'm just not sure if it's a legitimate upgrade. I'll be going off to college next year and upgrading to IB-E will be unlikely. I will, however, be doing coding, CAD work and simulations for engineering classes. It all comes down to money vs performance. I will also be folding during idle time. (hooray for free energy from the dorm!). I could get a 3820 but then overclocking wouldn't be so much fun, would it?

I have around $400 from family and relatives from the birthday, and maybe $250 from selling the i7 and the Extreme4.
Using this I could probably pull off getting a Gigabyte X79 UP4 for around $250 and a cragslist 3930k for around $480

So the question is: Stick with my 3770k or upgrade to a 3930k for gaming, CAD, and folding. Thanks in advance for your advice!

PS. For those of you not as financially lucky as me, I am sorry. I try not to be greedy but I just love computers too much.
 

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CAD work and simulations for engineering classes
my vote goes towards the 3930k and a decent amout of RAM say 16GB + for this type of work i beleive the extra cores will help.
 

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i'd say grab the 3930.. you will just love it and it will be fine for your type of work
 

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In my opinion that upgrade makes no sense if you already have a 3770k. Save the cash and wait for haswell.
 

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Well for folding the 3930k will destroy anything else out there that 1155 can offer. CAD is also nicely done on the 6 cores. I do some work with Maya and 3ds Max and I am very pleased with the results my 3930k give me. Is is worth the price premium? I personally think it is, especially when paired with the proper motherboard and RAM
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Unless you are a professional who stands to make more money due to faster processing times, this upgrade makes no sense.
 

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I am having the same consideration. Got the 3770k, delidded, running 5GHz which seems to be what it can take for 24/7 stability and it isnt really hot (tops out at 65-70c when benching). Really dissapointed, because I came from a 2600k, that did 5.2Ghz 24/7 stable for almost 2 years, and could do 5.45GHz benching and is still going strong - just packed down in the basement at the time. The 3770k isnt really an upgrade to a Sandy Bridge, but the 2 extra cores in a 3930 or 3960 will be.
 

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I have a 3930K and I love it, but I have to agree with the majority here and say if you're already running a 3770K and close to 5 GHz, then stick with your current platform and save the money for beer or gas.

3930K will destroy the 3770K if you can utilize all six cores. Folding is 50% faster due to cores alone, but you'll be hard pressed to push more than 4 cores with CAD/CAM and college engineering simulations.

Save your money bro, buy a Ivy Bridge-E when they come out if you want a hex+ core.

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Seems like a pointless upgrade to me. You have a nice setup enjoy what you have. Save your money. The biggest thing I can think of doing is maybe swap out that ASRock Extreme4 for an Extreme6 or a Z77X-UD3H and see if you can go beyond 5GHz. CPU you wise, and the rest of your components, you are pretty good with.

If you want to increase your bench scores, overclock your ram. Besides, if you can get your 3770k to do 5.0GHz with HT on for benching. I really don't see what the problem is. You can always try playing with the BCLK & Multi to see if you can stretch it. I know that allowed me to push my benching clocks a little higher.
 

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I've had no problems with running 3ds Max, Visual Studio or Unity3D on my 3770K. I would at least hold off a bit and wait for Intel's new stuff to see if they offer anything cool. :3
 
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