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Change Cpu or Overclock?

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May 28, 2012 2:15:26 PM

Hello Everyone,

As I already posted on another thread, I´m building a new (and my first) Pc, due to my desktop, a "prebuilt?" HP M8150 got some problems, probably with the GPU.

Until today I considered only to change CPU, Motherboard, GPU.

But in my budget I can only get either a i3 2120/2130, or a Phenom II X4 965, and another user told me I am better off with the i3.

My main use for the desktop is autocad, but I will also play Mass Effect, Dead Island, etc... if possible on high settings.

Can you tell me if it is advisable to instead buy a new LGA775 motherboard, and overclock the Q6600, or I´m better off with a new processor? ...and save a few euros!!.... My new Gpu will be a EVGA GTX 560 Ti

Or is it better just to get the new i3....?

Thanks In Advance!

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a b K Overclocking
May 28, 2012 3:42:51 PM

No point in buying a new 775 motherboard.

I would wait about 3-4 months until the Ivy Bridge i3's come out in the very least. I think they will offer better stock performance since you can't overclock them. Your CPU will be fine for Mass Effect, Dead Island, etc. I don't see any CPU intensive games on there.

Also, downgrading from a quad core to a dual core is undesirable even if the performance/core is much higher. I would try to save up for an i5 if possible especially if you're going to use Autocad..
May 28, 2012 11:43:54 PM

Ok, Thanks for the advice, will do so and wait for the Ivy bridge I3´s.

Checked the I5 Ivy bridge´s prices and the cheapest I5 (i5-3450)(€175) is a bit more as the best I3 (i3-3240)(€132), so I´ll probably go for one of the I3, maybe the 3240.

Started using I7 laptop for Cad rendering, so I will only use desktop now as casual Cad, and gaming pc, so the I3 will do the job well, and save some euros.

Thanks again for the reply.

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a b K Overclocking
May 30, 2012 3:36:48 PM

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May 30, 2012 10:47:07 PM

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Update: Already found it.
May 30, 2012 10:51:58 PM

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