To Upgrade or not....

Discussion in 'Processors and motherboards Intel' started by Schizoid, Dec 19, 2011.

  1. Schizoid

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    I'm currently running a trusted Core2 Quad Q6600 G0 running at 3.6Ghz stable I was just wondering whether it would be worth while upgrading to a Core i5 or wait.

    Current setup is :-

    Intel Core2Quad Q6600 G0 @ 3.6Ghz
    X48 ASUS Rampage Extreme
    8GB (4x2GB) DDR3 1600 Corsair Vengeance
    ASUS GTX560 Ti Direct CUII @985Mhz.
    2x300GB SATAII RAID 1.

    It's either a Mobo/CPU Upgrade or adding a 120GB SSD and SATA III Controller card for OS/Apps and keeping the RAID disks for Games, Docs etc.

    Mostly use PC for a mixture of Work but mostly Gaming on BF3
     
  2. ---TK---

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    cpu/mb upgrade
     
  3. Mozaik

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    CPU,MB all the way,I have gone from a Q6600 to I7 2600K and the difference is astounding,in everything,games,working apps. like 3ds Max,Photoshop.
    I think this will be a keeper for me for the next 2-3 years adding a new GPU down the road.
    If you go for it,buy a Z68 based board and a 2500K thats fully unlocked for OC-ing.
    You can make a great combo buying the Asrock Extreme3Gen3 with a 2500K and saving some money for the memory.
     
  4. Xtreme1979

    Xtreme1979 Maha Guru

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    Only you can decide when it's time. How is the CPU load when you're in BF3? Keep task manager open on slow update while you game and then post a screen shot. You will know for sure then.

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  5. Agent-A01

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    get new cpu and mobo.
     
  6. Schizoid

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    CPU Usage for 64 player map

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  7. Vxheous

    Vxheous Maha Guru

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    I'd say just wait a few more months, Ivy Bridge is coming soon
     
  8. The Chubu

    The Chubu Ancient Guru

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    This. Wait. In a few months you could end with 20% more perf and probably a mobo with PCIe 3.0 for the same money.

    A Q6600 still has some punch, more if its OCed. Enough to get you till Ivy's launch.
     
  9. Xtreme1979

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    Based on that image a new CPU/MB will net you a nice return. That image is a perfect example of being CPU limited.
     
  10. Schizoid

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    I think I'm gonna hold off until the Ivy's come out and then at least I'll have a nice SATA3 SSD to play with until then.


    Cheers
     

  11. vonalka

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    Good plan - I would go with the SSD upgrade right away. You can always continue to use it later if you upgrade your board & CPU
     
  12. Mkilbride

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  13. Agent-A01

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    Woah. only 3% better? haha just kidding i know you meant 30%
     
  14. Mkilbride

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    No, IB is a die Shrink. It will take less power, so less heat, and supposedly OC better due to the BLCK level going up to 125 instead of 100-104.

    However, in real world performance gains, it will be next to nothing. Benchmarks are out there for ES, and while not 100% accurate due to them being ES, it shows the difference is there in Benchmarks, but real world performance remains the same, clock per clock. A 2600K @ 2GHZ, the same speed as the ES, was on par.

    Sure, he could wait, and nothing wrong with that. But I'm just saying him waiting won't make a huge difference in the long run, just longer for him to wait. He'll also have to deal with launch prices & availability. While IB is priced nicely, set to replace SB in terms of price, I imagine it will take awhile to saturate the market.

    I dunno, I see alot of people with 2600K's @ 4.8GHZ and talking of upgrading to IB and it just confuses me...
     
  15. Schizoid

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    Take into consideration that when the ivy's come out the cost of 1155 Mobos and Sandy CPU's will drop a little so good cost.
     

  16. Agent-A01

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    Sorry but ib is definetly way more than 3% faster, dunno where your getting your info from. Something like 20% faster per core, improvements to hyperthreading, architectural improvements, etc is going to be way more than a 3% improvement... :3eyes:

    On that thought, i might upgrade to the i7 3700k or w/e the equivalent is.
     
  17. Mkilbride

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    My info is from Guru3D, from an Engineering Sample. It's shown to be **** all performance improvement, aside from the iGPU. It's not going to be 20% faster per core, not even close.

    From Hilberto himself:

     
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    I been reading up to 20%^^^where did you get 3% bud?
     
  19. Agent-A01

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    I read the same too.
     
  20. Loophole35

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    +1 on reading about performance increase being about 20% prior but one quick question why would you get the P67 chipset and not go with the newer Z68?

    edit: nvm just read your thread about this board and I don't blame you for choosing it looks solid. Me however, I wanted to use the intel smart response ssd cacheing.
     
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