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Is upgrading from an i3 2120 to an i5 2400 a good upgrade for gaming with a GTX 970?

Hi guys, question says it all really, i wont be overclocking either. My current motherboard is a Dell 0GDG8Y, H61 Chipset.

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More about upgrading 2120 2400 good upgrade gaming gtx 970
  1. Meh... If you're not OC'ing, you'll need more single-thread performance. The i5-2400 is old and won't be as good; especially if you don't overclock. Best if you just grab a H81 and an i5-4440.
  2. It's a pretty good upgrade, but do you already have the 970? Dell cases can be dificult to work with, and are you sure your powersupply has enough extra power?
    Have you checked to make sure your motherboard supports that CPU as well?
  3. yes, you really need an i5 for gtx 970.
  4. A second gen i5 will bottleneck, someone I know has a second gen i5 and it's not good, get an i5 3570k if you can, I'd recommended that as the minimum to get.
  5. Okcnaline : I dont plan on spending much more on my PC as i have just bought the GTX 970 and a new PSU, i'd rather stick to what i have. Would you recommend the 15 2500k instead?

    James Mason : I already have the GTX its in my case a working, but the CPU is bottlenecking it, thats why im looking to upgrade my CPU. Yep the socket on my mobo is LGA 1155.

    Razvan_mz : Would you recommend a certain one?
  6. I5 2500k should be fine I believe
  7. Arronleeds said:
    I5 2500k should be fine I believe


    But you just said i should get a minimum of a 3570k?
  8. That's what I would do but for budget wise the 2500k will be ok
  9. I'm saying get the 3570k if you can as it will last longer, if you get a lower end one you will be upgrading again soon
  10. Arronleeds said:
    I'm saying get the 3570k if you can as it will last longer, if you get a lower end one you will be upgrading again soon
    whats the real difference between the 2500 and the 3570?
  11. James Mason said:

    Is the 3570k not ivybridge? I need sandybridge, sorry i dont really know much when it gets to this bit
  12. It's newer, better single core performance, better clock speeds, it's just a better Cpu, you should have upgraded the cpu first, you should have read up about the 970 too, such a powerful card needs a lot more than a low end i3 to run properly.
  13. You won't get anywhere with a sandy bridge , save up for a new motherboard and cpu. you can't cut corners when you want a good pc
  14. Arronleeds said:
    You won't get anywhere with a sandy bridge , save up for a new motherboard and cpu. you can't cut corners when you want a good pc
    So what about the 2500k?
  15. whufc12 said:
    Okcnaline : I dont plan on spending much more on my PC as i have just bought the GTX 970 and a new PSU, i'd rather stick to what i have. Would you recommend the 15 2500k instead?

    James Mason : I already have the GTX its in my case a working, but the CPU is bottlenecking it, thats why im looking to upgrade my CPU. Yep the socket on my mobo is LGA 1155.

    Razvan_mz : Would you recommend a certain one?


    yes. i5-2400. I tried to find some specs for the motherboard, but this is the max cpu that I see compatible. it's still good compared to a new one like 4460, slight improvements were made over generation, but not that huge to just change the mb+cpu. http://www.cpubenchmark.net/compare.php?cmp[]=793&cmp[]=2230
  16. 2500k is the best choice for lower cost but im warning you, if you get a lower end cpu , you will have to upgrade again sooner than if you got a higher end one.
  17. The 2500k will last a long time. Especially if you will OC it. I don't know what games play but it will max out a lot of them. Even i can max out games with my Q6600..
  18. Arronleeds said:
    2500k is the best choice for lower cost but im warning you, if you get a lower end cpu , you will have to upgrade again sooner than if you got a higher end one.



    Why will I HAVE to upgrade to a newer one?
  19. Because games get more and more demanding on both gpu and cpu, what's the point getting a second gen There's 4th and 5th gen out, it doesn't make sense
  20. The i5 2400 won't bottleneck. Doesn't make sense to me buying a 2500k when you're using a H61 chipset.

    To those saying the 2500k is low end or weak:

    Intel Core i5-4670K vs 3570K vs 2500K Gaming-Performance

    There's basically no difference b/t Sandy Bridge and Haswell for gaming
  21. Arronleeds said:
    Because games get more and more demanding on both gpu and cpu, what's the point getting a second gen There's 4th and 5th gen out, it doesn't make sense


    It does make sense since the second gen i5's are still very powerfull and much more affordable.
  22. ^Agreed.
  23. RazerZ said:
    The i5 2400 won't bottleneck. Doesn't make sense to me buying a 2500k when you're using a H61 chipset.

    To those saying the 2500k is low end or weak:

    Intel Core i5-4670K vs 3570K vs 2500K Gaming-Performance

    There's basically no difference b/t Sandy Bridge and Haswell for gaming
    Why wouldn't you get the 2500k when running a H61 chipset?
  24. Because you can't overclock it with that board.
  25. RazerZ said:
    Because you can't overclock it with that board.

    Oh im not going to overclock anyway
  26. RazerZ said:
    Because you can't overclock it with that board.
    It looks like im going to go with the 2400, are you sure it wont bottleneck my GTX 970? And this is sandybridge yeah?
  27. You should be fine with the 2400 then. Did a quick search on ebay and the 2400s are going for around $40 less than a 2500k currently.
  28. RazerZ said:
    You should be fine with the 2400 then. Did a quick search on ebay and the 2400s are going for around $40 less than a 2500k currently.
    What's the difference between a 2400 and a 2400s?
  29. The forum is acting up and isn't allowing me to edit my posts. Yes the 2400 is Sandy Bridge (2nd gen). Ivy Bridge is 3rd gen and Haswell is 4th gen.
  30. RazerZ said:
    The forum is acting up and isn't allowing me to edit my posts. Yes the 2400 is Sandy Bridge (2nd gen). Ivy Bridge is 3rd gen and Haswell is 4th gen.

    Ok thanks, What's the difference between a 2400 and a 2400s?
  31. Sorry, meant s as in plural.

    Anyway the 2400S vs the 2400 runs at a lower base frequency (2.5Ghz vs the 2400 3.1 Ghz) has a lower TDP (65W vs 95W) and has a slightly lower turbo speed (3.3Ghz vs 3.4Ghz)

    You can compare them directly on Intel's website:

    http://ark.intel.com/compare/52208,52207
  32. RazerZ said:
    Sorry, meant s as in plural.

    Anyway the 2400S vs the 2400 runs at a lower base frequency (2.5Ghz vs the 2400 3.1 Ghz) has a lower TDP (65W vs 95W) and has a slightly lower turbo speed (3.3Ghz vs 3.4Ghz)

    You can compare them directly on Intel's website:

    http://ark.intel.com/compare/52208,52207
    Which one would you say is better, ive been looking around and i think the 2400 not 2400s?
  33. Best answer
    Yes the 2400 is faster.
  34. next gen games demand that i5. Don't let Geralt down
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