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Okay I've recently been looking to get a new motherboard and CPU.

I was set on getting an i5-4570 with a Asus B85M-G with *maybe* a cooler to keep the temps nice with would be at the ?270 mark.

But now I'm considering an i5-4670K with a Asus Z87-A Motherboard and some cooler but that'll bring the cost upto around the ?350-?370 mark.

So I was just wondering is the possible extra of ?100 worth it for the performance difference? I've never overclocked before and most likely won't until I start seeing a performance difference in my PC say... 4 years down the line.

Or should I just stick to the 4570 with that mobo/get a better mobo but no cooler/etc?

Price wise, I'm not happy going over the ?300 mark but if the performance is that much greater I'll consider it and save up for longer.

Decisions, decisions.

Current System:

AMD Phenom II X6 1055T @ 2.8GHz
8GB GSkill Ripjaws @ 1600MHz
3GB Sapphire HD 7950 Vapor-X OC
500GB VeloCiraptor
640GB WD Caviar Green

I did first look at overclocking my CPU first time ever and the only reason was because I wasn't getting the FPS I expected on Arma 3, but was told it's not worth overclocking my old CPU *Had it for 4-5 years now* so I'm looking at going to Intel.
What are the system requirement for Arma 3? Do you plan on playing BF4?
Hmm guess, I'll wait til Christmas, and see what sort of price range I have.

Best way to decide then.

The different between these CPUs is only like 40.00 that I see.

i5-4670 is like 20.00 more than i5-4570.
i5-4670K is like 20.00 more than the i5-4670.

Out of these 3, I would grab the i5-4670 I think. Which I used to build my wife's system a few weeks ago. Of course she only plays Facebook games. I got a deal on a MSI board for her rig. I use Asus for 95% of my desktop builds.
I wonder the monstrous CPU power that will needed to run Star Citizen.. :rolleyes:
Is Star Citizen a Facebook game? hehe
Sounds like it, huh? It's one of the largest titles in upcoming games. It's coming out next year. They've already named it one of the most graphically and hardware intensive games ever.
I did a search on it. Looks like Eve Online.

The Minimum system requirements are: ( Source: "Windows 7 or 8 64-bit Dual Core CPU Intel: Core2 Duo 2.4Ghz AMD: Phenom X2 8GB of RAM NVidia Geforce 460GTX AMD Radeon HD5850 DirectX 11".)

The Recommended system requirements are: i5 2500, i7 2600, 2700 or better with a GTX 670 or greater , so feel free to compare your hardware to those using the above links as well.
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Only reason I'm considering the 4670 is because it's 3.4GHz as opposed to 3.2GHz, and seeing as I'm currently on 2.8GHz, it doesn't seem like much of a difference *I know there is but that's just how my mind reads it when I look at the two XD*.

Also it's currently ?20 more.

Just need to find a suitable mobo, also would it be worth getting a cooler now or later?
Do you plan to overclock? If not, use the stock cooler.
I don't plan to overclock, but I still want to keep the CPU etc nice and cool, just for that added protection.
You could always buy a water kit. They run under 100.00 for them. Cooler Master has one for like 60.00.
Not confident on water cooling kits, plus I said to some mates.

The next PC I get I'll go for watercooling, as it would be the entire thing, not just the CPU.