Help deciding which CPU to buy

By alonbl
Apr 28, 2013
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  1. I'm building a pc from scratch for gaming and Photoshop and I need to decide between rather to order the I7-3770K from a friend from the U.S in late May with a discount that he has from Intel for just 169$+shipping. Or wait for my uncle to arrive from China in July and he can bring me I7-4770K or i5-4670K (they will probably be corresponding price). So I need to decide between i5-4670K (227$) and i7-3770K.(169$)
    Will the i5-4670K be better then i7-3770K? What do you recommend to buy?
    What about the Z78 boards and new chipset will they be better then the current?
    In June there will be cheap mobos or only hi-end?
  2. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 3,479   +626

    The 3770K should still be betther than the unreleased i5 part. However, that price you're getting it at ($169??) seems too good to be true. You might be getting ripped off.

    If you can wait, I'd wait until Haswell is launched to see what happens.
  3. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 7,167   +944

    I would go with the i7 3770K. I have built many workstations throughout the years and have noticed that the more cores, the better, especially if you work with high resolution projects. If you are using CS6, I would recommend the i7 since it is a quad core and has 4 threads that will come in handy when rendering in PS. What version of Photoshop will you be using? Also, make sure you get an AMD graphics card if you plan on upgrading to CS7 when it comes out since it will implement a rendering engine that will run much smoother on AMD cards.
  4. alonbl

    alonbl TS Rookie Topic Starter

    It's the real deal he works at Intel they wont deceive him odiously.
    So you say it's better to get an i7+z77 now then i5+z78 in July?
  5. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,853   +1,746

    If he works at Intel, you should be asking him this question.
  6. alonbl

    alonbl TS Rookie Topic Starter

    He doesn't know
  7. alonbl

    alonbl TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I heard that when the new CPU will lunch the new motherboards will be expansive for a few months. is it true?
  8. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 7,167   +944

    Well yeah, because the newest iteration of something always means it will be more pricey. I would wait and see how the Haswell launch goes as St1ckM4n said, and judge from there whether or not you should get the cheaper IB platform (it will be cheaper when Haswell is released).
  9. icdat

    icdat TS Member

    I7-3770k is good to select
  10. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 7,167   +944

    No. We already stated that Haswell is his best bet.

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