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Should I upgrade?

by Saul_Seabrook / January 4, 2013 9:07 PM PST

Hi guys,

Need advice on whether or not I should upgrade my rig. It has served me well for the past 3.5 years. I plan to upgrade the following components as my 670 gtx is perfectly fine:

i7 920 ===> i5 3570k
Windows 7 premium 64 ===> Windows 8

Do you think there is a need right now if my primary purpose is gaming (Planetside 2 for example)? My i7 920 is stock and overclocking on air is not an option where I live especially during summer.

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by bob b / January 4, 2013 10:32 PM PST
In reply to: Should I upgrade?

I think your going to spend a bunch of bucks and not get much.

920>3570......there will be a bump in cpu perf....as to how that will xlate to some game.....unknown.
I doubt it will much.

W7>W8......No......Let the dust settle with W8.

Get enough ram that the swap file stays quiet while your gaming.

If your games are hammering your HD for data......think about a SSD or a hybrid.

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Why the i7. I'm sure you read this.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 5, 2013 1:06 AM PST
In reply to: Should I upgrade?

"Our tests demonstrate fairly little difference between a $225 LGA 1155 Core i5-2500K and a $1000 LGA 2011 Core i7-3960X, even when three-way graphics card configurations are involved. It turns out that memory bandwidth and PCIe throughput don't hold back the performance of existing Sandy Bridge-based machines. "

A long time ago tests changing motherboards yielded single digit performance changes. Rarely pays off.

The same thing with OS changes but 7 does have an edge on compatibility for now.

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