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Upgrade i5 2320 to 4th gen i5 - i7

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June 3, 2013 11:01:55 AM

Hey there,

I have a bit of a n00b question here. I am looking to upgrade the processor on my first custom build, and I see no better time then with the new Haswell processor line being released.

My current processor is an i5 2320 @ 3.0Ghz, which is a leftover from my Dell XPS 8300 which was my base system for a ported build to a custom case and some new components.

I am mainly a gamer on my Desktop, but I also do web/software development. Gaming is the most laborious task my PC undergoes. And currently, my #1 game has been Planetside 2, a CPU hog. I am continually seeing my CPU as the bottleneck in PS2.

Here is my current build:
ASRock z75 pro3
i5 2320
8GB Corsair Vengeance
EVGA 660ti FTW Sig2
OCZ Vertex 4
XFX Pro 750w

I game on a 24" Samsung @ 1080p

I have noticed that my mobo supports an 1155 slot, and I believe I am seeing the i7 4770k listed as an 1150. I am assuming this CPU will not work with my board?

Could anyone from the community offer me a recommendation for which new CPU would best benefit my system and computing style? I am also open to any other suggestions someone may have for making my build more flexible/optimized.

Cheers!

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June 3, 2013 11:04:33 AM

Yes, you'll have to get a new MB to go to Haswell.

Personally...my recommendation to you would be to get the i5-3570k and be done with it. Haswell is not worth spending the money on...the improvements are negligible at best. Don't change your MB out, etc. just upgrade to IB and call it a day.
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June 3, 2013 11:07:05 AM

8350rocks said:
Yes, you'll have to get a new MB to go to Haswell.

Personally...my recommendation to you would be to get the i5-3570k and be done with it. Haswell is not worth spending the money on...the improvements are negligible at best. Don't change your MB out, etc. just upgrade to IB and call it a day.


Noted. Thanks for the reply. Now to see how long it takes for the Ivy Bridge prices to drop......

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June 3, 2013 11:09:05 AM

it not that easy to really drop ivy price, since haswell only improve a little...
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June 3, 2013 11:13:35 AM

I also agree that an upgrade to ivy is a better idea than getting haswell. You already have an ivy compatible board. Haswell is tough to recommend for people unless they are building a brand new gaming rig or have a very old system.
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June 3, 2013 11:17:39 AM

8350rocks said:
Yes, you'll have to get a new MB to go to Haswell.

Personally...my recommendation to you would be to get the i5-3570k and be done with it. Haswell is not worth spending the money on...the improvements are negligible at best. Don't change your MB out, etc. just upgrade to IB and call it a day.


Well Done. Despite your AMD based name, you give good, objective advice. I was a little worried that it was a Z75 and not a Z77 motherboard, but the differences are negligible:

http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/4853/asrock_z75_pro3_i...

Unfortunately, you are right about Haswell. A real disappointment. Intel has been crippling its processors, this generation (Haswell) and last (Ivy Bridge), and are wide open to a strong move by AMD. I hope their upcoming Steamroller or Flat Iron or whatever it is gives Intel a good black eye.

There is still some hope that the Haswell will do better. First of all, most all its advances require new drivers to take advantage of, so in the months to follow, we may see much faster performance with new programs. Second, Haswell has immense control of its clocking and power downs. You can even power down the unused graphics co-processor and still have the cores running. I hope we will see some 5GHz Haswells in the near future.

But, as things stand now, the I5-3570K is the best bet. If you can wait a week or so to see if there is new news with Haswell overclocking, it may be worth while.
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June 3, 2013 11:21:18 AM

Wow

You guys give EXCELLENT advice! Thank you so much for all of the help and recommendations.

Now I can look forward to saving $100+ on an i5 SB and adjust the remaining funds elsewhere in my machine :) 
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June 3, 2013 11:21:49 AM

Haswell offers 7% to 13% better performance over Ivy-bridge and the same we saw between Ivy-bridge and Sandy-bridge. Personally, If I had Sandy-bridge I would consider getting Haswell as it provides a significant performance boost, but as I got Ivy-bridge I don't got as much reason of upgrading.

Getting a new MOBO is needed, sadly. As Haswell has the new 1150 socket.
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June 3, 2013 11:35:39 AM

A 3570k will easily last till skylake unless something drastically changes from game developers. Barring any hardware issues, I intend to keep mine that long.
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