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Looking for the options on CPU upgrades for my new mobo.

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November 25, 2013 5:44:49 PM

This is my current CPU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This is my current Mobo:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'm looking for two options here:
1. What is the absolute best CPU I can put in this mobo for an upgrade, and what kind of an increase in performance will I see?

2. What is the cheapest CPU I can put in this mobo that is an upgrade from the current CPU I'm using, and what kind of performance drop will I see from the best I could use?

3. What CPU would you recommend to keep this as a gaming rig, and a video/image processing rig (i.e. converting video files to different formats, drawing digital media pictures and processing those pictures to different resolutions etc.)

Thanks. :) 

Also, if anyone can recommend a CPU for this motherboard that will be a decent gaming processor without being an extreme expense (under $100? Or around that price range) please let me know - it was the original motherboard before sending it in for repairs when it failed - and rather than wait on repairs I upgraded to the current motherboard listed above, as well as many other upgrades. Now I'd like to gift the motherboard to a friend, as well as all of the other hardware I did not use in this new rig, in hopes of getting them a gaming rig up and running, as all they have now is a very old Dell that can barely run games like F.E.A.R. II at low graphics settings
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

As well as a good place to pick up either used computer parts, refurbished computer hardware, or just very cheap hardware that is out dated and just trying to be liquidated off shelves - since the listed motherboard is not up to date (not even in production anymore) and she is on a budget with the rest of the money she can spend to put together a gaming rig.

All I could think of is e-bay, but I'm even having trouble on there - I was hoping perhaps there is a website that specializes in this kind of thing and is more organized than browsing e-bay for various parts.

Again, thanks! Sorry for the two parter.
November 25, 2013 5:47:17 PM

Also, if listing my GPU, RAM, and other hardware specs will help in finding the ideal CPU for the system let me know and I will gladly list them!
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November 25, 2013 5:54:18 PM

1. i7-3770K increase of maybe 7% unless you don't have a graphics card. Then maybe 15-20% when graphics related.

2. i7-3770 (Notice no 'K') Would be more options but you have a high-end Sandy Bridge and the performance improvements between the two generations are minimal.

3. i recommend you keep the 2600K. If you don't have a graphics card, use the money you would've spent on a new CPU on that. The improvements are far more significant.
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November 25, 2013 6:00:25 PM

JohnPMyers said:
1. i7-3770K increase of maybe 7% unless you don't have a graphics card. Then maybe 15-20% when graphics related.

2. i7-3770 (Notice no 'K') Would be more options but you have a high-end Sandy Bridge and the performance improvements between the two generations are minimal.

3. i recommend you keep the 2600K. If you don't have a graphics card, use the money you would've spent on a new CPU on that. The improvements are far more significant.


I have a GTX 760 video card, made by ASUS with the built in overclock.

I was really trying to see if there was a CPU out there that would give enough of an increase to warrant replacing my current CPU so I could gift it to a friend with the motherboard I listed at the bottom of my post.

If there isn't that much of an increase - do you have a cheaper CPU you would recommend using with the motherboard I listed at the bottom of my post to get an at least decent gaming rig going for my friend, and possibly a site on where to get it for a good price?

Thanks a bunch, I still unsure what kind of graphics card we'll be getting for her - but probably either a 500 or 600 series NVidia, not up in the 700 series. As I said, she doesn't have a lot of money, and we still need to get a computer case, RAM, power supply, GPU, and I'm sure I'm forgetting something or other.

Note that I am overclocking my current CPU to 4.6 GhZ as well.
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November 25, 2013 6:03:33 PM

Another decision, do you think there is a better video card out on the market I could pick up that would out perform that 760?
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November 25, 2013 6:08:25 PM

dirtyblacksocks said:
Another decision, do you think there is a better video card out on the market I could pick up that would out perform that 760?


Definitely. You've got the 680, 690, 760 Ti, 770, 780, 780 Ti, Titan, and from AMD there's the 290X, 290, 280X, 7990, 7970 and 7950. :) 

And maybe 1 more i forgot about.

Yes a 3570K is actually a great gaming CPU and cheaper than the 3770K. Only thing is to make sure before you switch from a 2000 series to a 3000 series CPU, you update the BIOS so the motherboard knows how to use those CPUs.
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November 25, 2013 6:13:12 PM

Out of all the cards out there, do you have a specific recommendation for what will run optimally with my current CPU and RAM (16 GB of this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

Is there better RAM out there that would optimally interface better with the GPU you're going to recommend to go along with my CPU?

Finally, is 16 GB overkill right now, and could I cut that in half and give 8 GB of it to my friend without seeing adverse effects in performance?

Note that I do have an NVidia 3D monitor and the glasses, and I use it - often - so Radeon is not an option, and I am unaware if that has any effect on whether a CPU or GPU upgrade will have better results, as well as cutting RAM out or using different RAM.
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November 25, 2013 6:46:11 PM

8GB is enough for a gaming rig, but since you do viedo/image processing it's probably best that you keep your full 16GB. The RAM you have is pretty good and upgrades tend to show next to no overall system improvement anyway.
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