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Upgrade to an i7 870 worthwhile?

Dear all,

I recently upgraded my graphic card to an ASUS HD 7770 1GB. Ive found an i7 870 processor online at a good price so im wondering if its worth the upgrade from a first gen i3 to a first gen i7 since I wont have to buy a new MOBO (cash strapped). I intend to use it primarily for gaming.

My specs are:-
- Intel Core i3 (550) 3.2 GHz
- Intel DH55HC MOBO
- ASUS 7770 1GD-5 (1 GB)
- Corsair Value Select 1333 Mhz DDR-3 Ram 8 GB (2 gb X 4)
- Cooler Master Extreme Power Plus 600w PSU

Please advise!
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  1. What is a good price? Has the CPU been OC before? What condition is it in? Is it a scam or legit? Can you do returns?

    COnsidering an i7 870, its not a bad buy and in games that do use 3 cores and higher, you should see some benefit. Even in single/dual threaded titles, the higher boost state of the i7 870 will help. Also consider if you can sell off your i3 for anything to offset the cost.
  2. stickmansam said:
    What is a good price? Has the CPU been OC before? What condition is it in? Is it a scam or legit? Can you do returns?

    COnsidering an i7 870, its not a bad buy and in games that do use 3 cores and higher, you should see some benefit. Even in single/dual threaded titles, the higher boost state of the i7 870 will help. Also consider if you can sell off your i3 for anything to offset the cost.


    About a $ 100. The guy says its in his current system used for about a year on the same motherboard as mine. Ill check it before buying obviously by gauging the performance on his own system. Ill also try to sell off my i3 after I've done the upgrade and considering im still able to play the latest games at decent frame rates at a 1600x900 res (considering that lower res means more CPU usage) I feel the upgrade will be good in a long run.

    In terms of benchmarks the i7 870 seems to be at par with an i5 2500k so im thinking why not?
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    Yes (& I RARELY say this) this CPU upgrade will be worthwhile......

    Going from a dual core to a quad core (w/hyperthreading to 8 threads) will be noticeable. Games really die out on dual cores, you need a quad core to play the modern titles.

    NOTE: be SURE to upgrade the BIOS on your motherboard Before you put in the new process (otherwise, system may not boot up....)

    I double checked (the i7-870 is supported, with right BIOS..)
    http://processormatch.intel.com/Processors/CompatibleProcessors?componentName=DH55TC
  4. jb6684 said:
    Yes (& I RARELY say this) this CPU upgrade will be worthwhile......

    Going from a dual core to a quad core (w/hyperthreading to 8 threads) will be noticeable. Games really die out on dual cores, you need a quad core to play the modern titles.

    NOTE: be SURE to upgrade the BIOS on your motherboard Before you put in the new process (otherwise, system may not boot up....)

    I double checked (the i7-870 is supported, with right BIOS..)
    http://processormatch.intel.com/Processors/CompatibleProcessors?componentName=DH55TC


    Ahh alright thanks I probably will go through with it. And btw my Motherboards an DH55HC not TC but I get your point. Im already running the latest BIOS version of my board so I guess it wont be a problem.
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