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CPU Future proofing (4 Gen. Intel)

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I was basically wondering what the best CPU is for gaming, moderate overclocking and being somewhat future-proof. 

Currently I have a i7 920 that is still a solid cpu for what I do. But I'm having bsod problems that are really starting to frustrate me and I can't seem to resolve, so i'm just looking into upgrading my system. I'm curious to know if anybody has any input on what would be the equivalent to the i7 920 right now, in terms of price to performance and that sort of 'workhorse' cpu that can be more than enough power for years?

 

I've been looking to the i7-4770k and 4670k and whether they would be a good fit or whether i should step back to the i7-3770, 3570? Would I ever use the integrated gpu? Do intels 4Gen. run too hot for a reliable and stable overlock?

I havn't been keeping track of all the intel cpus recently and don't know what socket is what (lga 2011, 1155, 1150....) I just feel like there is way to many options.

 

I was also looking into the Asus Maximus iv Hero motherboard and I already have a ATI 7970. 

 

Thanks for any help!

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The truth is your 920 is still a decent gaming CPU. Right now the best option based on what you have posted is likely the i5 either a 4670 or a 3570 when it comes to bang for the buck. Personally I think it is worth looking at an i7 if your budget will allow it as games will likely begin to slowly make better use of more cores as the consoles begin to saturate the market.

 

If you are going to only do moderate overclocking the Maximus is overkill. Pretty much any decent motherboard will do you fine. From Asus the Gyrphon Z87 has an awesome feature set and much better price. The ASRock Z87M Extreme4 is a solid buy as is the Gigabyte Z87Mx-D3H.

 

Obviously if you go with a 3750 or 3770 you will need to adjust the board choices.

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Short answer for me: Don't do it

 

Long answer:

Overclocking a Haswell is NOT a walk in the park, once you get past the fact they run VERY hot you have to deal with the voltage regulation on the CPU, with the diff multipliers for the core vs the cache etc. overall it's one of the most frustrating CPUs I've ever OCed and I've OCed most everything from the PIII era to now (and a few older than PIII using jumpers on the motherboard to set the fsb lol)

 

Ivy bridge is a much better experience but heat is still a big issue, as with Haswell you can remove the IHS if you like and make it better but it's still worse than Sandy bridge with the amount of crap making heat in such a small space with the 22nm process.  

 

With the CPU you have now nothing out there is going to give you enough wow factor to justify the cost of the upgrade, and on top of that Intel changes sockets faster than I change shoes so "future" proofing with intel is a BIG joke right now.  I've got to give AMD big credit on that one, I could have slowly done an upgrade from my Phenom II X6 without replacing EVERYTHING at once and it was still using DDR II not that long ago.

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There is no future proofing when it comes to Intel cpu's they are amazing, fast and have great technology behind them but that is also their drawback as every time they reach a new milestone it exceeds the pin count required to run it as well as the chipset capable of handling such things so a new socket/chipset is required.

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