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1 year ago#1
I've started a new build for an upgrade to my current rig - The only parts I need right now are a SATA Optical drive (very low on my priority list), RAM and a CPU. I have my CPU choices down to the high-end i5's available, the 4670 and the 4670k.

My question is this: Is the unlocked version worth the extra $20-$30 if I don't plan on overclocking anytime soon? The quad-core is already going to be a huge upgrade to my current machine (see sig for specs) and I already have a decent mid-level gpu, so I plan on just running at stock speeds for a significant portion of time before I'd ever consider overclocking. Is it worth it? Or should I save the money, and just get a new processor a few years down the road, when this thing starts to get underpowered for current systems?
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1 year ago#2
Soon means you will in the future so you might as well get the K version.
1 year ago#3
Lucavi000 posted...
Soon means you will in the future so you might as well get the K version.


Even though it might be a few years down the road?
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1 year ago#4
How long is "a few years"? If it's more than three, don't even bother with a K CPU.
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1 year ago#5
Psythik posted...
How long is "a few years"? If it's more than three, don't even bother with a K CPU.


I was thinking, probably minimum 2 years, perhaps longer. If that's the case, I think I'll just save the $30 and get the non-unlocked version. Like I said, it's already a massive upgrade to my current setup, and I don't overclock /now/, either.
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Current rig: ASUS p5q pro-turbo - 4g DDR2 RAM - Intel Core-2 Duo E8400 @ 3.0 ghz - Sapphire Radeon R7 260x, $200. Hey, it's better than smacking rocks together.
1 year ago#6
For only $30?

Yeah.

Unless that $30 could be put somewhere else in your build to make an intimidate impact.
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1 year ago#7
You could just overclock now with the K version and have it run at a much faster speed.
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1 year ago#8
mrtywer posted...
Psythik posted...
How long is "a few years"? If it's more than three, don't even bother with a K CPU.


I was thinking, probably minimum 2 years, perhaps longer. If that's the case, I think I'll just save the $30 and get the non-unlocked version. Like I said, it's already a massive upgrade to my current setup, and I don't overclock /now/, either.
You're actually saving more than $30 because now you can get a cheaper B87 or H87 motherboard instead of a Z87.
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1 year ago#9
Psythik posted...
mrtywer posted...
Psythik posted...
How long is "a few years"? If it's more than three, don't even bother with a K CPU.


I was thinking, probably minimum 2 years, perhaps longer. If that's the case, I think I'll just save the $30 and get the non-unlocked version. Like I said, it's already a massive upgrade to my current setup, and I don't overclock /now/, either.
You're actually saving more than $30 because now you can get a cheaper B87 or H87 motherboard instead of a Z87.


I just ordered an h87 board, and the price difference off a z87 gave me a huge happy face.
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Current rig: ASUS p5q pro-turbo - 4g DDR2 RAM - Intel Core-2 Duo E8400 @ 3.0 ghz - Sapphire Radeon R7 260x, $200. Hey, it's better than smacking rocks together.
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