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December 18, 2013 1:21:38 AM

Hi i currently have an i3 2120 with an asus OC edition gtx 570 my power supply is 600w and 80 certified.. which has been great for me so far on my first build, but i would likie to play battlefield 4 and titanfal soon (i decided to sell my ps4 and stick with pc instead,

(i couldn't justify £50 a game where on steam i could get 15 or more great games)

is it worth upgrading my cpu to the i5 2500k and sticking with the gtx570 or upgrading both my cpu and gpu to a gtx 760, will i see good gains, so there's a few Q) really thanks for your help guys

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December 18, 2013 1:28:09 AM

First upgrade your GPU.
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December 18, 2013 1:28:40 AM

better to go for the i5 and the gtx760...you will feel the difference from the very first time itself

i3 and 570 just cant handle bf4
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December 18, 2013 1:30:01 AM

570 is actually pretty decent. for me the weak one is the cpu. but hey, if you can afford to upgrade both then why not.
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December 18, 2013 1:34:17 AM

Depends on your resolution: res<1080p -> upgrade CPU. res>=1080p -> upgrade GFX.
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December 18, 2013 1:37:02 AM

I want to be playing at 1080p 60 fps but am willing to tine down AA and so on - so cpu upgrade is the most important if i could only upgrade one
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December 18, 2013 1:37:17 AM

If you can pick up the 2500k for a good price, and you have a z68/z77 board then go for it. The gtx 570 is still decent, but BF4 hits the CPU hard, especially in multiplayer.

Remember, its easyer to get around a GPU bottleneck by reducing the graphical settings, its much harder with a CPU bottleneck.
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December 18, 2013 1:42:23 AM

ok thanks i originally got an i3 2120 as it was the cheapest for performance at the time and not alot of games were benefitting from 4 cores - would i get fps gains if i only changed cpu to a 2500k? and keeped my gtx 570 its the one with the huge fans that takes up 3 pci slots thats supposed to be a beast to overclock but that is two years old now
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December 18, 2013 1:47:33 AM

yes you would in newer titles that makes use of 4 or more cores
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December 18, 2013 1:53:26 AM

Its hard to put a number on it, but if you dont go crazy with the graphics setting then the 2500k overclocked wont hold you back.
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December 18, 2013 1:54:25 AM

siddharthmukul007 said:
yes you would in newer titles that makes use of 4 or more cores


And even in older titles.

Overclocked the 2500k has far superior single thread performance to the i3 also.
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December 19, 2013 8:43:21 AM

Hi guys i only upgraded my cpu in the end and WOW its like having a new gpu as well, I'm getting at least 25 fps gains in my games very impressed crysis 3 on high sttings with the shadows and shading turned down i am getting 60 -80 fps!! with the i3 2120 i was getting 30-50

Think I might leave my gpu upgrade until the January sales thanks guys
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December 19, 2013 9:02:48 AM

More cores! Consider AMD (8320, 8530) if on a budget. The 2500k still plays games great!
Really depends how much you want to spend. We all love spending other peoples money here! :) 

Brand model PSU?
Mobo?
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December 19, 2013 9:07:37 AM

Embra said:
More cores! Consider AMD (8320, 8530) if on a budget. The 2500k still plays games great!
Really depends how much you want to spend. We all love spending other peoples money here! :) 

Brand model PSU?
Mobo?



You should read the thread, he has already gotten and fitted the 2500k :lol: 
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December 19, 2013 9:30:47 AM

Embra said:
More cores! Consider AMD (8320, 8530) if on a budget. The 2500k still plays games great!
Really depends how much you want to spend. We all love spending other peoples money here! :) 

Brand model PSU?
Mobo?


so he changes over to amd and gets a new cpu and mobo altogether. you call that budget???
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December 19, 2013 9:36:52 AM

^^ Perhaps you should reread what the OP was asking., then read exactly how I worded my answer. All irrelevant since the OP has made a fine decision.
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December 19, 2013 9:47:19 AM

"is it worth upgrading my cpu to the i5 2500k and sticking with the gtx570 or upgrading both my cpu and gpu to a gtx 760"

this is what op wanted to know
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December 19, 2013 11:00:23 AM

I'm very happy with my choice as it has allowe me to enjoy new and older games on max settings with a two year old card i haven't overclocked it yet but its supposed to be a beast - apparently upto 50% faster :-)
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