Advice on whether it's worth an upgrade or not?!?

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  1. red 5

    red 5 New Member

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    As you can see the details of my rig on the left, I'm wondering if it's worthwhile even considering an upgrade at all to say an i5 or i7 Ivybridge setup(or even the sandybridge ones?), or am I just wasting time even considering it??

    I do mainly use it for gaming and other general stuff.

    Or is it more worthwhile just considering a graphics card upgrade at all??

    Please help put my mind at rest.........:bang:
     
  2. crap daddy

    crap daddy Master Guru

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    For general stuff I'm sure it still holds. For gaming, depends. What games do you play?
     
  3. red 5

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    First persons, racing games, action & adventure games.

    eg, crysis, F1, Dirt series, battlefield, etc
     
  4. maddy2012

    maddy2012 Master Guru

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    If your happy with the way it runs your games then don't, if your not happy upgrade.

    Start with the graphics card and see how that goes, if you run at a high rez a new cpu might not be needed too much.
     

  5. red 5

    red 5 New Member

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    ok I'll try the graphics card route, because when I've been looking around at reviews, etc upgrading my cpu will only get me an additional 10 fps on average depending on the game.

    Gtx 670 or Amd 7970?
     
  6. Matt26LFC

    Matt26LFC Ancient Guru

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    Perhaps pick up another 580, a 670 isn't going to boost your FPS massively over the 580, 10-15FPS I think. However I don't know whether your CPU will start to bottleneck 580 SLi, but which ever route you take platform update or GPU update I don't think your going to see massive returns in FPS, unless perhaps you do both.
     
  7. gunman127

    gunman127 Master Guru

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    Hell no, get Ivybridge first!

    Even my GTX570 is bottlenecked by my Sandybridge at 4.6GHz !

    A mate of mine just went from a 2.2GHz AMD quad to an I5-3570K 3.4GHz, but kept the same GT440 graphics

    It tripled his FPS in every game he has, such as Starcraft 2.
     
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    lucidus Ancient Guru

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  9. red 5

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    So here's where I am at.

    I've now done some benchmarks, etc and even overclocked my processor from 3.2 at stock to 3.8 (won't go any further, even with additional voltages), and it seems that is stopping my graphics card from actually reaching it's full potential, even with the latest drivers, etc. So I think I'm gonna upgrade my processor and board, so help and advice is needed please.

    The processors I'm considering are; i5 2500k or i7 2600k or i5 3570k or i7 3770k.

    But I'm getting confused on which motherboard to go for, so any suggestions will be helpful!!
     
  10. bdub5886

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  11. Chillin

    Chillin Ancient Guru

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    Put it this way, do you get playable frame rates?

    If so, then there is no need to upgrade.
     
  12. Veteran

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    If your happy with what you have now for gaming dont upgrade,if your not happy then change it....simples:)
     
  13. Pill Monster

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    Lol my thoughts exactly....


    OP like the other guys said why do u want to upgrade? Your rig should run pretty much all games decently....
     
  14. ---TK---

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    really? 1 570?
     
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    If it ain't broke, don't fix it:)
     

  16. Zboe

    Zboe Master Guru

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    I call BS on this, BF3 Maxed the hell out on a 64P server and my CPU is at maybe 70% load using SLI. I don't use HT so it's not a factor.


    To the OP, Going from: a 965

    To what I have now even with a GTX 460 at the time was an improvement. In fact I had a core i3-530 running at 4.2Ghz for a bit and it put out better FPS than the quadcore AMD chip did in any game.
     

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