Upgrade from E5200 OC'ed to i5 750?

Hey forum!

I haven't posted for awhile but i sure do miss TH forums! Anyways, it's been awhile since my last (current build)

current system build;
case; antec 300
Motherboard; gigabyte p45-ud3r
cpu; intel core 2 duo E5200 @ 3.875 GHz
Cooler:
optical: DVD+R DL writer
ram; g skill 4gb
Video; ATI HD4850
PSU; antec EA 650w
HDD: 2x OCZ Vertex 30GB RAID 0
1.5 TB seagate
1 TB WD green
monitor: samsung 2226cw 1680x1050


So today, I got in on the i5 750/gigabyte-ud3 deal @ frys for $210 AR. i don't really NEED it per se but it's an insane deal that ive missed out from last time so i decided to order it this time (but able to cancel if necessary) and planning on picking it up tmrw.

I know the i5 750 is a monster in all aspects (except price) compared to the e5200. My initial plan is all of the components except of course, the e5200 cpu, mobo, and ddr2 ram. i consider myself a value-oriented consumer so i keep 2nd guessing myself whether the i5 750 is an overkill or not.

so does anyone have any good advice for me?
i could..
1. rebuild a new system using my old cpu/mobo/ram then sell it on c-list or friend. also, how much should i be expecting to get back from those 3 components (not counting the cost of the other components)?

2. keep my system, dont get the i5. im actually thinking about this since i'm only gaming on a 22", maybe a i5 750 is an overkill? i am a pretty big multi tasker but i dont run anything crazy (no vid editing/etc). i also use it as a htpc and games.

i know thats a lot of scrambled info, but im trying to describe my situation best i can. TH forums has been most helpful for me in the past. i hope i can get some good feedback from you guys! feel free to ask any questions. thx
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  1. someone help out?
  2. I'd go for the i5. You'll see a solid increase in overall playability of new games, and multithreaded tasks like encoding and archiving will be noticeably faster. I'm not sure what your board and or DDR2 is worth, but I sold my E6600 for 65 on CL, if that's any reference.
  3. thanks jack. i most just web browse, watch videos, and play games. is the i5 an overkill for a 22" monitor and its 1680x1050 resolution for gaming?
  4. Your current CPU is good enough for 1680x1050 resolution.

    If you wanna spend the money for improving gaming performance then get a HD5850.
    You'll see bigger improvement than by upgrading to i5-750.

    For your monitor's resolution, HD5850 will last a long time :)
  5. You don't need an i5 750 if your main interest is gaming. Your current CPU OC'd to to 3.8 Ghz is pretty much getting the maximum capabilty out of your GPU. Take your cash and upgrade your GPU first and if you're not happy with the performance, then upgrade your e5200 to an e8400. The faster and wider FSB will let you squeeze out everything your videocard has to offer. I have both an e5200 and an e8400 and with both at 3.6 Ghz, there is about 20% difference in the framerates they push out of my GTX 260 and more of a difference when I OC the e8400 to 4.0 Ghz.


    That's unbelievable to get a new 1156 motheboard with the i5 750 for $210!? Can I check that deal online? Send me a link please.
  6. That's not really correct. High clock speeds are essential, but duals are on their beds, and with a deal like that, it would be silly not to get it.

    I'm posting on my personal experience, going to a quad WILL improve your playability in the newest games. I play BFBC2 and some GTA4, and every core is ~60% @ 3.4Ghz. If you're playing 2008 games, you won't see a difference, but that deal is sweet.
  7. i was drooling over the i5 when all the reviews for it came out, that i wanted it when i saw such a good deal @frys.

    i pretty much have been playing any game i want @ high settings but i guess i just wanted to move away from the dying 775 socket and to a more future proof build before my comp isnt worth anything anymore.
  8. I saw the Frye's ad for the i5. I managed to resist. I already have three Core2 systems OC'd to 3.6 GHz or better.

    But if I really needed a new computer ...
  9. I need a Frys. All I have near me is Worst Buy. 210 for that combo is retarded.
  10. Is the combo deal available for mail order?
  11. hundredislandsboy said:
    You don't need an i5 750 if your main interest is gaming. Your current CPU OC'd to to 3.8 Ghz is pretty much getting the maximum capabilty out of your GPU. Take your cash and upgrade your GPU first and if you're not happy with the performance, then upgrade your e5200 to an e8400. The faster and wider FSB will let you squeeze out everything your videocard has to offer. I have both an e5200 and an e8400 and with both at 3.6 Ghz, there is about 20% difference in the framerates they push out of my GTX 260 and more of a difference when I OC the e8400 to 4.0 Ghz.


    That's unbelievable to get a new 1156 motheboard with the i5 750 for $210!? Can I check that deal online? Send me a link please.


    http://latimes.p2ionline.com/shoppingchannel/popup/index.aspx?WebStoryID=18063767&type=cat&area=ROP&adid=2361452&pop=1
  12. no, you would need to get it @ a B&M frys
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