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ARCHIVED: 4k gaming solution for 2014

by Jesso2k

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Date Published

June 23, 2014

Date Built

June 21, 2014

CPU Clock Rate

4.7 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

23.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

85.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.25 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

23.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

50.0° C

Description

This build got an update! Check out the more recent version here: https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/b/Tw7hP6#img=0

This is the latest break from my ever-evolving build. I've loved all of the troubleshooting that came with my push for performance since I started this back in December. I quickly caught the overclocking bug, I'm in the middle of an RMA with EVGA now after one of my cards burned out after pushing too hard with a custom bios over a long period. I've now settled for an OC I find to be my max stable settings without overvolting. EVGA was quick to respond and had a new card pushed to me in less than a week, I honestly wouldn't change anything with regards to that experience, the knowledge I gained was worthwhile. You can see I've installed heatsinks to supplement the G10 brackets, those heatsinks were a pain in their own right, I don't recommend installing them until you've ordered an extra roll of thermal tape to ensure a strong stick. Definitely a pain but proved it's worth over adhesive paste when I was able to quickly pack up my dead card without issue.

My next play will be delidding the cpu to monitor temps and see if I can nudge the clocks up a bit. I've watched enough videos on the subject to feel confident and got a Pentium g3220 cpu on sale for $25 that I'll give a go with before sticking it in my spare parts pile (which nearly has enough to complete a modest steam streaming box in it's own right).

I've gone from a Corsair 330r to their 350d for aesthetics and now the 750d for the PCIe spacing and fan configurations. The cards won't go past 52°C on full load, never getting any louder than the same hum it makes from start-up. A huge difference from my 350d build which saw the reference coolers blare loudly on their march to temps so high they'd throttle because of their proximity to one another. I almost sprung for a custom loop but the thought of having to wait on fittings in the mail and not getting it right just gives me nightmares. Without any prior experience the G10's were an easy and more affordable solution to get my feet wet in watercooling.

OC'ing wouldn't be worth it for all the extra effort I've put in if it weren't for the performance gains I've had gaming in 4k. With VSync settings being so finicky it's imperative to get your fps up to 60 to match the monitor refresh rate, with my current settings I've been able to do that with Ultra presets and x2 AA in the following games: Battlefield 4, Far Cry 3, Metro LL, Batman AA, Grid 2, Bioshock Infinite Return to Castle Wolfenstien and Titanfall. The last two don't even have sli profiles which is another reason for OC'ing so aggressively. I've played more games then what's listed but since they're so demanding I thought it worth mentioning. Arma 3 and Watch_Dogs are the only games to tax my build (I feel I've solved Watch_Dog's for the most part with TheWorse Mod).

I normally use my second screen to display Precision X readouts to ensure my cards are behaving properly, none of the games I listed above not giving me trouble have pushed the VRam past 3GB's which has been a relief since upgrading the monitor. I know that's the biggest differentiator vs AMD cards but so long as games are optimized not to flush the VRAM completely I won't see throttling when keeping Anit-Aliasing at x2. The other major factor when considering gpu's is of course price, I got these in the holiday season when AMD cards were held hostage by miners so I don't have any regrets on that front, I would certainly think long and hard about a switch if I was rebuilding from scratch today though.

Thanks for reading this far, please leave questions or comments.

**All prices are Cdn, most purchases were made at my local Memory Express while taking advantage of their price matching policy.

UPDATE 26/JUNE/14- Delid went without a problem! I saw a drop of 10°C at load so I was able to bump my max stable OC setting to 4.7GHz. I've also switched my GPU radiator fans around to create a positive pressure system. GPU temps dropped another 5°C while CPU temps haven't really suffered.

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farm_on_fire 1 Build 7 points 55 months ago

love your desk setup. very nice

Jesso2k submitter 8 Builds 5 points 55 months ago

Thanks, I'm trying to squeeze some use out of old kitchen table.

IrshaadH 1 Build 3 points 55 months ago

One word: WOW

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jacobs4525 1 Build 2 points 55 months ago

mmmm liquid cooled 780 TIs. +1 from me. How are you liking the kraken G10s?

Jesso2k submitter 8 Builds 1 point 55 months ago

I love how easy it is to find a stable overclock once temps are thrown out of the window. I wish they didn't take up 3 pci-e slots though, it forces you from micro-atx if you want to run sli.

I also wish they cooled the vrms natively for sanity's sake. When I applied the heatsinks it looked like my stability was much, much better, however what I also did was switch the gpu's on the mobo. I ended up it figuring out my PNY card was much better in the primary role than my now deceased EVGA card. I ended up flipping them back weeks later and the stability I thought I gained from the heatsinks was gone and the EVGA card quickly died soon thereafter. Now with a replacement card in place, I've dialed my clocks back a bit, I'm really not sure if the heatsinks make/ made a difference now or not. I'll leave them on because they can't hurt but I won't be benchmarking as aggressively with them on/off to find out.

Jesso2k submitter 8 Builds 1 point 55 months ago

Thanks for the links.

I did consider those when first planning for the g10's. They're slimmer fans so if I dremeled the piece that droops down on the G10 bracket I could have got them to fit in a micro-atx case. I didn't go that route because I knew there was no way I'd make them look the same. For now I'm happy with my stability, the nzxt fans are connected to a fan hub that basically makes them run at 100% so those + the heatsinks are about sure a bet I can make with these brackets without dipping back into the wallet.

CarterBond 1 point 55 months ago

Cool. Good luck OCing more.

jacobs4525 1 Build 1 point 55 months ago

Wait so I'm confused here. You put on kraken G10s AND additional heatsinks? How?

Btw nice clocks on the GPU. That's basically a 40% overclock, which is crazy on GPUs that are already that powerful.

Jesso2k submitter 8 Builds 1 point 55 months ago

The 780 ti is very easy to oc when it's temps are kept in check. I've benchmarked as high as 1320mhz with seeing artifacts but after losing a card to a power failure I keep them down to 1250mhz without fiddling with the members clock or over voltage settings.

The heatsinks use thermal tape to stay on. I bought some low profile copper ones that fit under the bracket just fine.

ReDnAx1991 7 Builds 2 points 55 months ago

Most won't even notice but I love how you implemented the little heatsinks for the VRMs. You did some good reading on the product you're using and with that fact considering and the awesome build +5 (if I could)!

Jesso2k submitter 8 Builds 1 point 55 months ago

Thank you very much.

Yahtadi 1 point 27 months ago

Can you explaine more guys?

anoldladyz 2 points 54 months ago

Definitely an excellent build. +1,000,000.

Toukassay 2 Builds 2 points 51 months ago

Wow ! What a beast !

Spoo 2 points 41 months ago

Impressive build, but I'm not sure it's up to snuff for Starbound.

But seriously though, I love it!

Thecautiousone 10 Builds 1 point 55 months ago

This is so beautiful. I am in this exact process except with the 810 switch (waiting to purchase) since I have the 410 phantom that I cannot have a push/pull config on the H100i due to space limits on the top bracket. Also waiting for the corsair gpu bracket to be released since I have a H60 lying around for my gpu (780 Ftw) which I have my eye on not the TI but another 780!! Love the build and the aesthetics. My hands are clapping kind sir. Is it hard to push the 4k res with the two gpu's in sli?

Jesso2k submitter 8 Builds 1 point 55 months ago

Thank you. Not difficult at all to push 4k, just have to ensure anti-aliasing is dialed down while gpu of clocks get dialed up. You'll want enough space between the cards so the top one can breathe if not under water.

I am really interested in those Corsair brackets. No need for heatsinks and it appears to take up less space. Be wary though, their Radeon versions definitely require the fan from the stock cooler to complete. I haven't seen pics of the Nvidia version but it's likely to follow suit.

Thecautiousone 10 Builds 1 point 55 months ago

so essentially you could just water cool the top card and let the bottom card use the stock fans?

Jesso2k submitter 8 Builds 1 point 55 months ago

Yes that's a viable option, especially with aftermarket coolers. At my overclock the bottom card would definitely keep it's temps under 83° but at the expense of increased fan speeds, which get quite loud past 70%.

Thecautiousone 10 Builds 1 point 55 months ago

the fan speed being controlled by yourself or auto?

Jesso2k submitter 8 Builds 1 point 55 months ago

If we're talking when I used stock gpu coolers I would have to make a customized fan curve through my OC software to ramp up past 60% (the default top speed) to 80-100% to keep my OC temps down.

Now all fans are going to my NZXT Grid fan splitter which just runs @ 100% I believe. The 92mm fans on the brackets are much more quiet than the stock cooler however so it now sounds like a consistent hum instead of a tiny blow dryer whenever I went into a game.

GamerDeso 1 point 55 months ago

Why is it that every single time I see a water cooled build, I feel so incompetent...

Big +1 :D

Jesso2k submitter 8 Builds 1 point 55 months ago

I feel the same way even still when I check out full loops with pipes going every which way. The barrier for entry with G10 brackets is much lower, anyone can get their gpu's under water now for about $100 (the cost of an h55 and the g10).

xBlood_Monkey 10 Builds 1 point 55 months ago

Holy exhaust, Batman. I'm surprised not a single one of those rads is set as intake.

Jesso2k submitter 8 Builds 1 point 55 months ago

I don't want their hot air stirring around when I'm at load. The 2 front intakes push enough to get around.

xBlood_Monkey 10 Builds 1 point 55 months ago

The rad on the bottom could be an intake and not affect the airflow a whole lot.

Jesso2k submitter 8 Builds 1 point 55 months ago

I'll look into that. After I delid my cpu I'll run more tests, if temps improve because that fan isn't cutting off air then I'll definitely do it that way. Right now everything operates swimmingly.

mattias1172 4 Builds 1 point 55 months ago

Ive got a very similar setup with an h105 on my cpu and two kragen g10s on my 280xs with h75s and have a 200mm fan in the from as an intake and the bottom rad as an intake.

Jesso2k submitter 8 Builds 1 point 55 months ago

Wow we're like build brothers, very similar thought process.

I'm getting a lot of comments about about flipping a rad to be an intake. I swore off doing that because I didn't want hot air in the case but I'm going to make the switch tomorrow after work to see for myself.

Trinity596 4 Builds 1 point 55 months ago

any complaints about that case?

Jesso2k submitter 8 Builds 1 point 55 months ago

It is quite large coming from a mid tower and micro-atx case. It's got more than enough room for the cpu rad fans to be push/pull plus the space on the floor another rad is nice. My main complaint is how poor Obsidian case's look when their 5.25' bays are occupied in the front. With this build I put my DVD burner away because I didn't want to disrupt the look, instead using that space to tuck my HDD in there with some velcro.

Trinity596 4 Builds 1 point 55 months ago

are the buttons sturdy and do the frames not jiggle or seem weak?

im gonna be building a water cooled rig using one and i want a sturdy case lol

Jesso2k submitter 8 Builds 1 point 55 months ago

It's very well built. Cable management was a breeze, the power button looks cool while the reset is very difficult to press by design. It's got 2 removable hdd bays not shown.

Trinity596 4 Builds 1 point 55 months ago

would you recommend it for me? or would you do something else?

in other words, if you were to do something different, would you have picked a different case?

Jesso2k submitter 8 Builds 1 point 55 months ago

Nah I love this case. Other full tower cases with lots of options are the NZXT 530 and Corsair 760t. Pick the one that appeals to you visually the most, they're nearly I identical in feature sets (the 530 has a fun hub, the 760t has led fans) . I love the monolithic look of this one, I don't think I'll grow sour of it anytime soon.

GamerDeso 1 point 55 months ago

Those who say "why not the i7" should be reminded that this is a gaming rig. IMO its overkill, but if it gives him the results he wants, why the hell not? I don't even see this as a form of something to brag about, but more of someone who really wants to enjoy gaming.

Personally, I would've gone for an i5 on my rig, but since Ivy Bridge-E is expensive here (in the Philippines) compared to the prices of the retailers here that sell it the highest priced, I had to settle for the 4770K since I do heavy video editing.

I like this build though.

buckeyefan63 1 point 55 months ago

Love the G10s. I would have bought the i7 and 840 Evos instead of the Crucial, but all in all, nearly perfect.

Jesso2k submitter 8 Builds 1 point 55 months ago

Thanks, the Evo is the king of reliability no doubt about that. The MX100 is newly released and has reviewed really well across the board with a wonderful starting price that made me fall in love.

buckeyefan63 1 point 55 months ago

Have you benchmarked it by any chance? How fast are the writes? On a lot of those Crucial SSDs, sequential write performance was only like 250 mb/s. Those Crucials have a really good price to performance ratio though. I have RAID 0 840 Evos, so i'm kind of spoiled. People will claim that RAID'ing SSDs doesn't improve performance significantly, I say BS. But again, I love your build. One last qustion, on those G10s, do they stress the board a lot because there's no backplate? Edit: Get back to us when you're done delidding. I'd like to see how that goes.

Jesso2k submitter 8 Builds 2 points 55 months ago

Raid 0 sounds awesome in theory. I would have got another Kingston Hyper 3k to make it happen but didn't want to reformat.

Just waiting for my Coollaboratory Liquid Ultra to come in the mail then I'll go for the delid.

The G10's don't stress the PCB so long as you be very careful to tighten all four bolts equally. I've had to go back and adjust because I see the board warping a bit when I've tightened too hard. The backplates are more for handling the cards and looks if anything. If you get crazy screwing one bolt to tight the backplate isn't going to stop you.

I haven't benchmarked the SSD myself the but the 512 GB version seems particularly competitive in benchmarks in this review: http://www.pcper.com/reviews/Storage/Crucial-MX100-25-SSD-Full-Review-16nm-Flash-Makes-Appearance/HDTune

mattias1172 4 Builds 0 points 55 months ago

i7 is pointless for gaming. An i5 will do the exact same job for cheaper.

buckeyefan63 1 point 55 months ago

Not necessarily true, but i'm not gonna argue. Plus an i7 is way better for encoding anything, or any productivity software.

PacificNic 4 Builds 1 point 55 months ago

I would set bot and rear fans to intake so as to get positive pressure and reduce dust as well as providing, what I think would be, better temps. Not that they are bad but we can always strive for more!

Jesso2k submitter 8 Builds 1 point 55 months ago

I will try that tomorrow just to be sure. That would certainly make the gpu's cooler but they are already plenty cool, I'll see how the cpu reacts with everything under load. I thought theoretically that intakes on the rads would cause hot air to stir but I guess if the rads aren't as hot as the cpu it can't really hurt, just more airflow for it to expel. I'll check it out tomorrow.

PacificNic 4 Builds 1 point 55 months ago

You can just unscrew and flip without screwing to test it out. That way if you're unhappy, it's easier to flip them back.

jchan94 1 Build 1 point 55 months ago

Love the build! Red & Black color scheme is super sexy & gaming oriented.

Question. Which screws did you use to screw in the radiator to the bottom fo the case?

I had my radiator in pull for the bottom, and not PUSH (same for the back one).

drbau5 1 point 55 months ago

+1 nicely done sir

wydomkr 2 Builds 1 point 55 months ago

Did you have to dremel the 780ti back plate to fit the nzxt back plate onto it?

Jesso2k submitter 8 Builds 1 point 55 months ago

No, no addition work was required. The backplate has holes that line up perfectly with G10.

Spencer1012 3 Builds 1 point 55 months ago

I've had my H55 strapped to my GPU with zip ties for almost a year now (works great but looks ghetto as heck) but this is making me consider getting a G10..

Very nice build

allanlee1191 1 point 55 months ago

Very nice build! +1 from me. I'm really interested in buying the 750D also but heard there's a lot of issues with the front intake not providing enough airflow. What's your take on the amount of airflow provided by the front intake fans? Is it sufficient in cooling?

Jesso2k submitter 8 Builds 1 point 55 months ago

I actually did a test on my old 350d build for someone in a reddit build thread. With the front panel on my gpus were about 3° hotter than without. Negligible unless you oc your gpus to the point of near throttling (which I used to do, not a problem with the krakens anymore).

allanlee1191 1 point 55 months ago

That's good to hear. what were the temperatures when you did the test with the front panel on? if you remember. Thanks again

Jesso2k submitter 8 Builds 1 point 55 months ago

Here, I found it: http://i.imgur.com/NzZ4mdW.jpg

I ran the heaven benchmark for a couple loops with door on & off.

allanlee1191 1 point 55 months ago

Wow those temperatures differences are nearly negligible. Almost makes me think that the airflow issue is over exaggerated. Whats your opinion on the kraken g10? I heard it that it doesn't cool the vram of the GPU that efficiently. Have you had any issues with that?

Sorry for the multiple questions =x

Jesso2k submitter 8 Builds 1 point 55 months ago

It's cool. I love the G10, it allows you to push your oc way past what you're used to without the noise of whiny gpu fans ramping up. You have to be disciplined though, if you find instability when benchmarking on air you should just target those numbers with a g10 without pushing past and be happy with the now increased stability and noise discipline.

The heatsinks are a nice safety blanket but pushing your cards well beyond their previous limits won't be any less dangerous. I had to have one gpu replaced already (gg evga pushed me a new one in less than a week), so now I've dialed things back to around 1230-1250MHz from a 1300MHz oc I had run for about a few weeks.

Richness 1 point 54 months ago

Very nice build +1 Hows the AOC 27' monitor? I was thinking about getting it for work and some gaming. Seems like you're the only builder with it on this site.

Jesso2k submitter 8 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

Oh it's great and continues to sell at great prices. There seems to be a stigma about AOC because they're relatively new in NA. It stands tall with any other 1080p ips display, has an attractive bezel and hasn't bothered me with any quirks that would make me question it's reliability.

Richness 2 points 54 months ago

Thanks for the reply. I've been looking for a decent monitor with and IPS display and display port along with a vesa mount and this seems to be one of the few who cost around $200. My only gripe is that I wish they had a smaller 24" monitor with the same specs, nonetheless I'll will be buying it anyways.

SpicyPickle 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

LOVE the build! I think it looks amazing.

One question though. How did you get the Kraken G10 into the build with a picture and everything?

The only way I can do it is by putting it as a custom part.

Jesso2k submitter 8 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

Yeah it's trickier than it should be and the reason there's so few builds linked properly.

Instead of adding the part from your build page, search for the g10 with the right color with the search bar. When you're in the g10 page look to the right side for a yellow button that says "add to partlist".

SpicyPickle 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

Ahh, ok cool!

Thank you very much!

Love the build!

Dude2233 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

Nice HTC one btw. Best phone I ever had.

DeltasEcho 1 point 52 months ago

Sorry for a question 3 months after the build, but I have just happened to stumble upon it. How are you liking that keyboard?

Jesso2k submitter 8 Builds 1 point 52 months ago

I love it, understated look, mechanical red keys so it'll feel like most but I love the raised keys as well. I wanted one without a numberpad to save space on the table, I feel I made the right decision about 90% of the time but really miss that numpad once in a blue moon.

DeltasEcho 1 point 52 months ago

Alright thanks :) I'm looking at tenkeyless ones because 1 they're cheaper and 2 space savers!

ImYourChrist 1 point 51 months ago

I can't find it mentioned nowhere why did you change the psu? Sorry if i missed something.

Jesso2k submitter 8 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

I've switched up the psu a couple times, first I swapped out an Antech 750w because I thought I'd need more juice for sli (wasn't really the case) and I hated it's non-modular cables.

Most recently I switched out my EVGA 1000w for a Corsair 860w because I saw it for a great price and jumped on it impulsively. Corsair sleeved cables are much easier to buy in Canada than EVGA ones, it's platinum rated vs gold so I will save a bit of power however minor.

The EVGA one still has a 10 year warranty though so it's found a home in my media PC that I just buffed up with a new gtx 970. I'll make a build log for that one tomorrow probably, the 1000w in that build is crazy overkill but whatever, it's cheaper than buying something else.

ImYourChrist 1 point 51 months ago

I just see that i have been mistaken. As i look at the build's date i see that "Upgrades Complete: Red Hydra '14" Is the final version (so far :D) I though you have changed the AX860 but that isn't the case. I'm in dilemma what psu to get and thought maybe you changed this one for whatever reason, that's what I've been mostly curious about. So, how is the AX 860 serving you so far? Are you going to keep it?

Funny fact is that this PSU is trending around 145 pounds (250 CAD) here in the UK. I wonder how could you get one as cheap as 100 CAD.. nice deal there for sure! I would've buy 2 from them for that price to futureproof! Haha

Jesso2k submitter 8 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

Yes I really should link the other build to this one, my web of builds are getting convoluted.

The 860 performs just as well and it's all I'll ever need for a 2 gpu set-up. I wouldn't pay the premium over EVGA's offerings though unless you wanted/ can get sleeved cables for it. The G2/P2 EVGA PSU's have the best warranties and are often on sale.

ImYourChrist 1 point 51 months ago

I'm not interested in the EVGA PSU's or quite frankly in the brand at all. I was curious where did you get the ax860 for half price or so. It's listed for 100 dollars. Perhaps merging the different posts to one would be wise with writing all the upgrades in one description. Those whose are interested would read it even if it is long and also you could get it upvoted more, cause now it's divided. If you got me.

Jesso2k submitter 8 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

I got the AX860 from a kijiji ad in my city. The guy ordered it but didn't want to go through making his build so he priced it to move, I msg'd him immediately for it.

Yankeeben20 1 point 49 months ago

How do you like the H100i? Any complaints or advice for someone using it in their build? Also really sick build dude!

denose16 1 point 44 months ago

Hey, this build looks brilliant! I am working on something similar myself or am about to start at least.. Something I am not sure about with the G10's, when using a CPU cooler, they need a USB socket each for power, did you use a splitter for this? Just wondering the best way to go about this.. Thanks!!

Jesso2k submitter 8 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

They need a fan input for power, I use a NZXT Grid fan splitter to make it easy.

hanzei 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

Bravo! is the speaker good?

chilly601 1 point 40 months ago

need more fans :)

killermon90 1 point 38 months ago

Did you mount your hard drive in your 5.25" bay?

Jesso2k submitter 8 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

I used velcro to stick it to the bay floor.

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Jesso2k submitter 8 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

Those are still the cheapest prices for Ti's in Canada. When I got them AMD gpu's were even worse.

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Liam81 3 points 55 months ago

As to your point #2 I see a EVGA 780Ti listed up top and a PNY 780Ti listed as the 11th item from the bottom.

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Jesso2k submitter 8 Builds 2 points 55 months ago

Thanks,

  1. This build has been a revolving door of parts since December, I started with 2 sticks @ 8gbs then upgraded months later.

  2. It's an issue with PC Part Picker's build interface. You can't add a card for sli from a manufacturer separate from the original card. In Canada 780 ti's are normally marked up at least $90. A little known fact is that retailer Future shop does sell some decent parts at their American MSRP you just have to order online. A location in Edmonton where I was at happened to have one in stock so I jumped on it (this was at the time my 4k monitor was being shipped and I'd become anxious I'd bit off more than I could chew).

  3. The i5 was one of the very first purchases, came bundled with the motherboard. I didn't know much when I started this build, just that the i5 was a better bang for the buck (this started as a semi-budget build that quickly became an addiction).

Knowing what I know now I wouldn't change it however, the cpus are nearly identical after locking in a higher multiplier save for hyper threading. This is a gaming pc through and through, I'll likely make the same decision again when broadwell or skylake cpus are released if the overwhelming majority of games don't make a difference, which I suspect they won't with mantle and DX12 pushing for more control to the gpu from the cpu.

MaXteZz 1 point 55 months ago

You don't really benefit from hyperthreading on i7s when gaming...

mattias1172 4 Builds 1 point 55 months ago

As Maxtezz said, hyper threading on the i7 is pointless when it comes to gaming. There is no benefit to it in game to what an i5 will produce. Its better to save money buying an i5, and putting it towards your gpu as the OP has.

dbdev 1 Build 1 point 55 months ago

Isn't a 4930K better than a 4770K for games like BF4?

Jesso2k submitter 8 Builds 1 point 55 months ago

Yikes that's also a $600+ cpu plus the cost of a x79 mobo. Here's a nice comparison of the 4770k vs 4670k in BF4 that shows hyper threading doesn't help in even that game. The extra 2 cores of the 4930k should help but it's really hard to find any benchmarks on the matter.

mattias1172 4 Builds 2 points 55 months ago

Exactly why I wouldn't recommend it for pure gaming. Cost vs performance is no where near worth it (for a gaming rig at least).

mattias1172 4 Builds 1 point 55 months ago

not really. BF4 is one of the only games to use more than 2-3 cores, but it doesn't use all 12 cores that the 4930k has. The 4770k has 8 usable cores which is what BF4 is optimized for. I actually have a 4930k in my current rig and bf4 performs the same as when i had my 3770k in it (since all other hardware besides the mobo were the same).

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