Originally Posted by Belial
Fortunately we live in the Age of The Goo Gleh, seek and ye shall find the mysts will part.
Well it really depends on the game/application you use, but 99.999%, yes, the i5-3570K is absurdly more power than necessary as it is.
If you just told us what games you play, specifically, plan to play, and what settings, we could really flesh out your entire build much better. But gaming does not benefit from hyperthreading, and won't in the near future.
It's entirely possible it might in the far future, none of us can read the future so we can't say for sure, someone would be lying if they said Hyperthreading is future proof either way. For all you know in the future CPUs are just not used anymore and in-game performance is 99.99% the GPU. Hyperthreading might turn out to clash very badly with Windows 10. Who knows. No one.
Reasonably, though, it's safe to say that the i5-3570K is more than enough power for gaming, and the i7-3770k's hyperthreading provides very little benefit even in games that appreciate it. Which is like, only total war. Most games are all about the GPU, so that $100 would be a huge increase in GPU performance, but even in stuff that appreciates the i7's hyperthreading, that $100 isn't really as big a value. It can be a decent value in some multi-threaded stuff but not in games.
The whole point of building a computer is how easy it is to swap parts. What difference does it make if you have to swap it out. How can you say 'i dont like swapping them out'? If you don't like buliding computers, maybe buildling one isn't the best decision for you? Buildling computers is for fun, not just the value. Although yea I guess even if you hated doing it, maybe building it is the best value still...
but I'm just saying this outlook is a bit goofy. It's very, very easy to swap out computer components, even the motherboard. I don't know how you can say you dont like swapping them out. I mean I love swapping out computer components, I literally find excuses to pull a cable accidentally so then it reveals itself and I gotta rip open my entire build so I can push it back and hide it from view again in a spot you can't even see unless you take the side panel off and stick your head in the case.
I mean that's maybe a bit extreme but it's a computer. It's all very easy to swap and remove. No one here can tell you how well Haswell will do, and initial reports suggest it isn't going to be a huge upgrade anyways. And no one knows about pricing, which I'm pretty sure is going to be pretty beast upon release. You'd really have to wait until Black Friday for reasonable prices on Haswell, after all is said and done.
Ah. Newegg has 'good' prices on everything, and absolutely stunning specials, but not the best price on everything. Microcenter also tends to always have the best CPU and motherboard prices, as well as awesome case and SSD deals.
Here's a quick build for you:
$189 i5-3570k microcenter
$59 asus LK microcenter bundle price with cpu
$20 cheapest ddr3 desktop ram 2x2gb if you are savvy, you can find some really high quality BBSE or PSC ram 2x2gb on ebay or the overclock.net trading forum that can do 2000, 2400mhz, for $20-30. 2400mhz will definitely be a noticeable increase over some 1600mhz ram.
$85 Samsung 830 128gb ssd amazon
$17 nzxt source 210 microcenter (or the $64 nzxt phantom, if you want to spend a bit of extra money, this is an awesome place to put it, although it is just a case so i dont know if you care about whether your case is just a black box or not and if you'd rather just put the money towards performance)
$39 antec neo eco amazon or newegg
$39 Zalman LQ320 newegg, this is the best deal on a heatsink in a long time, it should outperform the h100i when both have 2 similar fans.
for gpu depends on your needs. Are you upgrading or buildng a new computer?
Why are you doing this anyways? The 8150 was a huge dissapointment but I mean it should be more than powerful enough for current gaming needs. I really don't see anything that the 8150 would be weak at. It might be a dissapointment and way worse than intel but it's still a very, very strong chip. Like others said maybe you should just wait till haswell. Not because haswell will be awesome but because your current CPU is already good enough. Your current build in general is quite strong, really.