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Core2Quad in existing system vs. new system with i7

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March 22, 2010 9:42:42 PM

I'm debating weather or not to upgrade to a Core2Quad processor in my current system, or just bite the bullet and upgrade the whole system for an i7. here is my current system:

Core2Duo E6750 OC'd to 3.4ghz
4 GB DDR2 Super Talent memory
Asus P5N-T Deluxe Mobo
HIS Radeon HD 5850 Video Card

Windows 7 64bit
Eyefinity setup with 3 standard aspect monitors running at 3840x1024 resolution

Work:
Photoshop CS4, Dreamweaver CS4, Fireworks CS4, misc others

Play:
Battlefield Bad Company 2

Let's be real... i'm really just trying to boost gaming performance as this is my home PC. Your advice would be greatly appreciated!

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March 22, 2010 9:45:26 PM

you have an excellent video card so if you want to upgrade gaming performance then a new CPU would be the way to go
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March 22, 2010 9:50:58 PM

Thanks ct1615. I'm curious where i'd get the most bang for my buck though. Ie. I can get a Core2Quad 9550 or 9650 for around $300. Where as a new i7 system with DD3 would probably cost me around a grande. However, i don't want to be wasting $300 for not much performance increase.
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March 23, 2010 12:11:50 AM

I doubt for your money you can increase your game experience much more then it is now. You could increase your all around performance with a Intel SSD.
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March 23, 2010 7:04:25 AM

At that res it's the GPU holding you back, crossfire will help more than a CPU upgrade. Although I think you'll need to upgrade both to get the performance you're imagining.
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March 23, 2010 7:23:48 AM

Your cpu @3.4GHz should not have any problems for gaming. At 3840x1024 I bet it is Your video card holding You back. Get another HD5850 for crossfire if Your m/b supports it.
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March 23, 2010 7:32:14 AM

That m/b is 780i chipset so no crossfire I am afraid.

Without video upgrade I am afraid You will not see much improvement with either Core2Quad or i7 @ 3840x1024 resolution for gaming except some games like FSX or GTAIV.
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March 23, 2010 11:48:42 AM

Just note in your mind, if u decided to go for LGA 1156 or LGA 1366, put it in your mind that you would want a mid range MOBO, i5 - i7 processor, mid range ram, which estimated at around $800ish or more.

Also, you better check some reviews on core 2 quad processors such as Q9550, Q9650 compared to i7 920 or whatsoever iCPU out there, then make up your mind.

As me? i just bought a Q9650 and going to OC it up to 4.2Ghz or so, as i game much and i am very very very happy with this Q9650 purchase.

If you have the money and going to spend more to LGA1366, then go ahead. But be ware, i9 is coming already :p 
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March 23, 2010 12:44:29 PM

Thank you all for your help! I think you've talked me out of the Core2Quad route. I have access to an XFX HD 5870. I think i'll give that a try next. I also like the idea of an overall boost with the SSD. Do those really make a big difference in load times?

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March 23, 2010 2:17:43 PM

skyguy04 said:
Thank you all for your help! I think you've talked me out of the Core2Quad route. I have access to an XFX HD 5870. I think i'll give that a try next. I also like the idea of an overall boost with the SSD. Do those really make a big difference in load times?


it will make your OS run "quicker" but it will not improve FPS in games, its actually been debated on the graphic forum. You can find plenty of opinions on its pros and cons in the link.

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/284120-33-gaming-syst...
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March 23, 2010 2:17:54 PM

daship said:
I doubt for your money you can increase your game experience much more then it is now. You could increase your all around performance with a Intel SSD.



Quoted For Truth. And yah - It makes a noticable difference in load times. Though not, as pointed out, in FPS once all is loaded and running.

On a cost per GB worth of storage basis, though, SSD's are VERY expensive. So the current wisdom is to use a Small~medium sized SSD (80~128GB) for your operating system and a key applications(games) for best performance. Then use a large capacity, standard (rotating) hard drive for your Data (music, videos, pictures, and whatnot).
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March 23, 2010 4:00:13 PM

garygole85 said:
But be ware, i9 is coming already :p 


Since when? Or do you mean the i7 980X?
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March 24, 2010 1:04:39 PM

err.. even the price is already up LePhuronn. google ssome websites regarding i9, its said the cost would be around $1000
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March 24, 2010 1:24:04 PM

garygole85 said:
err.. even the price is already up LePhuronn. google ssome websites regarding i9, its said the cost would be around $1000


Yeah, it's the i7 980X as I thought.

And it was officially released yesterday.
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