Great News, perhaps at last the i5K and i7K will come down in price and allow us with underused Z77 and Z97 chipset motherboards to upgrade with a reasonable price. Otherwise, 10 to 15 percent isn't exactly break the bank to get type upgrade like the one before Ivy Bridge was... forget the name.... Stone Bridge?
The history of discounts is rather disappointing, they actually KNOW how much the cpus are worth, even the second hand dealers, I guess supply and demand and market driven economics actually work to our dismay..... that is for getting a deal on a good processor, hell, the Q9650 is still demanding an average of about 150usd, and on the 775 socket, almost scored one for 50usd, but was beat out last minute.... , that baby will perform pretty good with 12megs of 24-way L2 cache. It is two Wolfdale Core 2 8500 duos in tandem, each with 6 megs L2. BUT performance is about like a i3 high end cpu.
If you have a nice 775 setup like I do with a X38 chipset, lying about running emails, that QX9650 is a prize to buckle in it if you can catch one for a song. Just kicks and giggles from then on whilst attempting FC4 viewable rates. I have a Q6600 with L2 at 8megs in it now at 3.0Ghz, just like to hot rod whenever possible, hobby, you know.
As far as processors go, these E3 Xeon server style chips are becoming very popular, as they are almost identical to the i74770 chip albeit without QuickSync ala graphics core unattached. If you don't need that app then these save you a bit on dough and watts, check it out here at Tom's take on the rage going on:
hmmmmm, doesn't seem to want to be a link. You can right click open new window and see there if you care to, worth the read if you like cpus. Scroll down to the E3 section.
In summation, if you want more threads for streaming whilst gaming, go for the E3 series or i7 series, those give total of 8 threads to play with. IF you prefer to game faster and discretely, then the i5-4xxxK would seem to be the choice as you can overclock them sky high for better fps or even get a lowest price i5 on sale for 179usd for pretty good play value, it is what I use in my main machine right now and haven't noticed any holding back on my GTX970 with it. i3s do well considering price. Those choices involve reasonable prices below 280usd or exceptionally good prices of 170usd. You could get the best of both worlds by paying more money, that was hard for me to say, (skinflint) heh, and getting the i7 4950K for over 310usd.
I'm experimenting with Pentium g3258 clockable and GTX 960 2GB cheap deal. My Gson and Gdaughter spent the night, was fun, great kids, he is playing TF2 and Black Ops CoD very nicely with that Pentium stock freq on an old GTX460 1GB VRAM and 8GB RAM, can't wait to put the 960 in and find that software hack to use 2core in FC4 to report. Golly, I am easily amused nowadays, at least I yam not jaded, heh.
OR WAIT AND SEE ABOUT THE SKYLAKE SERIES. Gosh, I hate waiting.
Last Edit: May 10, 2015 19:12:39 GMT by takeout1113: clear up diffusion a bit
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