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Upgrading i5 to i7 for streaming; worth it?

Hello everyone, currently I am running an i5 2500 with an Nvidia GTS 450 card; I am interested in upgrading to an i7 3770k with this video card. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130827

Currently I do a lot of video game streaming; but I stream in 720p and based on some research I was doing; in order to stream in 1080p or better successfully you'll need a better cpu/gfx card; as well as a decent up/down speed on internet. I was wondering if the upgrades to my video card and CPU would be worth it or should I be considering a different CPU altogether? I have no plans to overclock the CPU as from what I've read that particular model runs fairly hot anyway.

My 2nd question is assuming I do replace my CPU; I've read that thermal paste comes pre-applied to the new CPU, so would I just need to put thermal paste on the contact part of my heatsink and not the CPU correct?
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    it matters not, especially using open broadcaster and xSplit, i moved from i5-2500K to i7-3770K and noticed no difference or atleast not much to count "i moved cuz i fried my older one along with the motherboard while overclocking :P"

    i would say upgrade to a GTX770 and use Nvidia GeForce Experiance's ShadowPlay "Search it" it allows you to stream using a built-in GPU encoder for you recording and streaming pleasures.
  2. Shootz said:
    Hello everyone, currently I am running an i5 2500 with an Nvidia GTS 450 card; I am interested in upgrading to an i7 3770k with this video card. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130827

    Currently I do a lot of video game streaming; but I stream in 720p and based on some research I was doing; in order to stream in 1080p or better successfully you'll need a better cpu/gfx card; as well as a decent up/down speed on internet. I was wondering if the upgrades to my video card and CPU would be worth it or should I be considering a different CPU altogether? I have no plans to overclock the CPU as from what I've read that particular model runs fairly hot anyway.

    My 2nd question is assuming I do replace my CPU; I've read that thermal paste comes pre-applied to the new CPU, so would I just need to put thermal paste on the contact part of my heatsink and not the CPU correct?


    The perfomance boost will not be massive and you would be better off upgrading or SLIing your graphics card since that is what processes the frames. A GTS 450 will bottleneck an i7.
  3. Thanks for the helpful answers; I will probably end up upgrading the video card because I know the 400 series is a few generations behind; the 700 series are fairly new and still a little out of my budget range. I was considering http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130827 this card; for the price and the quality it seems fairly reasonable; any thoughts?
  4. Shootz said:
    Thanks for the helpful answers; I will probably end up upgrading the video card because I know the 400 series is a few generations behind; the 700 series are fairly new and still a little out of my budget range. I was considering http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130827 this card; for the price and the quality it seems fairly reasonable; any thoughts?


    well, it supports shadowplay but that way it well affect your gaming.
    i'l suggest not going for anything lower than a 760...
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