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Intel I3 3210 upgrade from E7500 core 2 duo + AMD 6870 GPU

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May 4, 2013 4:00:32 AM

My Current System specs
CPU : Intel Core 2 duo e7500 2.93 Ghz
MotherBoard: Gigabyte G31M S2L
GPU: AMD HD 6870
Monitor: Dell , Native LCD Rez : 1900 x 1000

I would like to know what kind of gaming performance increase am i going to see if i upgrade my CPU to Intel I3 3210

Specs for both cpus:
http://ark.intel.com/products/71053/

http://ark.intel.com/products/36503/Intel-Core2-Duo-Pro...


I know my current cpu is creating a bottleneck for my GPU. I have the following games currently installed on my system which are almost unplayable at any settings possible.

-Assassin Creed 3 (Unplayable, 10-20 fps at any possible setting)
-Far Cry 3 (Native Rez , Settings Medium to high, Shadows low , aa x0) Avg fps : 25- 35

These games are playable but sometimes things get tough !! :( 
Skyrim
Hitman
Tomb Raider (2013)


My Budget 207$
( I3 + new motherboard fit perfectly.)


Bottomline is , i do not want to spend this money and see no major performance increases vs my current processor.

So finally are some things i want to know:

-Should i go for I3 ? if not then which processor should i go for in this budget ?

-Will I3 3210 still bottleneck my GPU ?












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May 4, 2013 4:06:48 AM

not much, and you'll need a new mobo, i5 minimum to see a decent improvement
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May 4, 2013 4:20:07 AM

i went from an e5200 @ 3.75 GHz to the i3-2120
and i got a very nice improvement.
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May 4, 2013 4:25:06 AM

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adamdbz said:
i went from an e5200 @ 3.75 GHz to the i3-2120
and i got a very nice improvement.


on what gpu? what games?

dual for a dual + HT not a great upgrade imo. dual for a slower clocked quad is worth it. Save for another month or two, sell some dvds you won't watch on ebay, try for a cheaper mobo, B75 not Z77 (as you won't be OCing) and you'll make the difference up.

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May 4, 2013 4:27:09 AM

get i5 minimum,because still e7500 can handle many games just fine.aim for i5 3330p atleast
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May 4, 2013 6:29:12 AM

Can someone explain to me what exactly do i need to upgrade if i want to run the following games at Med-High settings on 1900x1000 rez ?

-Far Cry 3
-Assassins Creed 3

Desired FPS (Min 35 - Max 45 or more )

I have my system specs in the post. I think my GPU is powerful enough or noh ?
I thought the real bottleneck here is CPU, or is it something else ?
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May 4, 2013 6:39:25 AM

Yes you need better gpu like gtx 660
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