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  1. Champ

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    So i'm on the market for a high-end gaming/multi machine. More gaming. I'm looking at the i5-2500k/i7-2600k/i7-2700k vs i5-4670k vs the best AMD offering. I wanted to stick to Intel, but I can go either way. Budget is no set price. Just want a good high-end bang for buck card. I read the newer cards don't compete with the 2500k or 2600k on performance or multi threaded task.
     
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    I assume you're building, then:

    i5 4670k
    z87 - choose your favorite manufacturer
    gskill dd3 16gb - low latency
    NVidia card 770+. skip Ati/Amd, they are overpriced currently due to bitcoin mining

    check newegg and microcenter for deals and that's about it.
     
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    Since your avatar shows u like Intel, no point in mentioning even AMD here.

    No budget - Then go with 4770K + 780 ti
     
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    I'll +1 the 4770K + 780 ti.

    Right now "bang for the buck" doens't apply to current GPU pricing. It's more "buck for the bang".
     
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    I wanted the 780 actually. Didn't know if the ti version was worth the extra cash
     
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    Scratch. Doing research and the 4670k looks like a good pick. Can find some nice boards too.
     
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    i5-4670K+My ASUS Z87-A Motherboard+16GB 1866MHz+GTX 780 Ti <---kills a 780
     
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    The 780 Ti kills the Titian. Anyway I just got a 780 SC for $480. I haven't been green for years. But i5-4670K is the way to go.
     
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    Either the i5-4670K, i7-4770K, or i7-4930K. All are good CPU's and will perform great in almost all games. Just depends on how much you want to spend.
     
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    indeed, allmoust ever 4-core i5 will give u way much better performance then any amd

    uu ye,, almoust forget, buy lga2011 stock and x79 mb, <-- best u can have with money
     
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    Go with the i5-4670k, or if money is not a problem i7-4770k. I personally think there is no need to go for one of the 2011 chips for gaming.
     
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    true that, if main thing is pc gaming, not oc or heavy loads
     
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    Are you going to overclock or just use it? If no overclock look into 1150 Xeon 1230v3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116906 instead of i7 or i5. The multiplier usually can be increased to yield 3.5ghz.

    Right now the extra clock of an i7 probably won't give you more frames unless the game is very cpu intense. Could put the difference into your videocard. Also if you don't overclock you can save money on the motherboard as well.
     
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    +1 on the Xeon. Those are great chips for a great price. The FX-8320 is currently the best bang-for-buck CPU out there (it's like €125 here, can't go wrong for that), but can't really compete with the Xeon E3-1230v3, especially when you have the money to burn.
     
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    I am tempted to grab one of those myself. i7 performance for an i5 price? Yes please. They are an excellent value for people that don't plan on Overclocking.
     
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    I ran one for awhile, can't really tell the difference between a xeon 1230v2 (ivy version) and i7 3770k stock for stock. Hard to tell a difference with overclocked i7 on most games unless its really cpu bound like starcraft2. Ended up running an i7 because I like to overclock.

    Also Xeons use very little power, mine ran stable at .8v full load intel burn test @ 3.5ghz (z77 mobo allowed 200 mhz overclock on 1230v2).

    For benchmark comparison purposes, the 1230v2 was roughly the same performance as an i7-2600 (non-k, not overclocked). I would assume the Haswell 1230v3 brings some very modest improvement over the Ivy bridge.
     
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    I think no point buying LGA2011 now since Haswell-E will coming soon with more cores and DDR4.
    i5-4670K with decent overclock (4.5Ghz +) should not bottleneck anything even in multi-GPU setup.
     
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    4.5Ghz, u will need pretty good cooling system for that ivy and haswell (especially haswell) processors has so much heating problems with orginal thermal compound
     
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    Yes that is the price. If you are near a microcenter you can pick one up for $185 usually. This is a non-internet price. You buy online and pick up in store.
     
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    well what games are you playing? solitaire?
     

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